Vegetables

5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

…plan. Heart-healthy snack #1. Vegetable Skewers: Skewer together sliced peppers, cucumbers, tomato chunks, any of your other favorite vegetables. Then, drizzle with olive oil and Italian seasonings and enjoy. Or, for a slightly different variation dip sliced vegetables in hummus. Heart-health snack…

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A Smart, Easy Summer Recipe that Doesn’t Turn Up the Heat

…always looking for quick and easy dishes that don’t require heating up the kitchen. Instead, I try to take advantage of local, organic fruits and vegetables to soak up all the colorful phytonutrients they offer. Here’s a recent photo my wife took of me after a few hours of catch-and-release fishing…

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Good Pet Health Begins with a Heart Healthy Diet

…and carrots—instead of dry dog food, to limit his caloric intake. I even tried mixing in my own meat broths, but he managed to eat around the vegetables. Plus, we always stayed away from the foods the ASPCA says can be hazardous to your dog. Supplements Can Also Give Your Dog a Health Boost For good…

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Aftermath of Japan: How to Protect Against Radiation

…apple cider vinegar. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge, and remember that a little goes a long way! * Vegetables high in beta carotene aid in boosting immunity and protecting mucus membranes from extreme dryness and reddening of the tissues caused from radiation…

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5 Last Minute Heart-Healthy Gifts

…a “green tea kit” with loose green tea (organic if you can find it), a tea ball and a personally chosen mug. * A Juicer. Juiced fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of heart-healthy antioxidants, minerals and fiber. One of the best ways to capture that fiber is by using a blender instead…

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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…choices are organic, free-range lamb, beef, and bison. * Focus on the side dishes. Balance out your meal with a healthy serving of vegetables. Not only do vegetables provide valuable antioxidants, they’re low in calories and a good way to keep your holiday meal balanced. * Consider putting eggplant…

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Can You Follow a Strict, Healthy Vegetarian Diet?

…meat, root vegetables and fresh local fruits and greens. They also frequently use meat to flavor their sauces. As for myself, I follow an 80-20 rule. I eat 80 percent vegetarian foods, and 20 percent meat—including lamb, buffalo, salmon and chicken. I also eat a lot of organic vegetables, fruit, eggs…

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Reducing Inflammation is the Secret to Weight Loss

…to do exactly that: Reduce inflammation and take off the pounds? Reducing Inflammation Naturally * Enjoy Often: leafy greens and other colorful vegetables; lentils; berries; citrus fruits; low-fat dairy products; “hot” spices like garlic, ginger, chili peppers and curry; wild-caught fish; lean cuts…

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5 Foods to Eat (or Avoid) for Healthy Aging

…Avoid Trans Fats Like the Plague: Trans fats are essentially a man-made fat that’s created by adding hydrogen to polyunsaturated oils (such as vegetable oil). Food manufacturers use these fats to prolong the shelf life of packaged foods. Trans fats increase free radical activity in the body, which…

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Over

…minutes. Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories 220, Fat 4.5 g, Sodium 170 mg, Carbs 15 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 26 g Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Vegetable Soup (Makes 4 servings) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 medium turnip, diced 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 2…

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Secrets for Surviving Seasonal Flu

…stair rails, door knobs, etc., in public places. * Sleep 6-8 hours a night, since sleep bolsters your immunity. * Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful red, yellow and dark green varieties. * Eliminate trans-fatty acids from your diet that can weaken your immune system. *…

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Discussing the Effects of Microwave Oven Radiation

…vitamin B12 into inactive substances. * Release potentially toxic compounds from food packaging. * Result in a loss of antioxidant compounds in vegetables and nutritional value in protein. * Create a high number of radiolytic compounds during the cooking process (these compounds are unnatural substances…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…lose 5 or 10 pounds. When you shop for food, choose items that are fresh, and not processed or prepackaged. You also want to buy plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats (essentials for good cardiovascular nutrition). Finally, make a habit of exercising regularly and finding healthy…

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For Heart-Healthy Omega-3 Benefits, Eat More Fat

…the best natural sources of omega-3s to include in a heart-healthy diet are flaxseed, hemp, and pumpkin seed oils, as well as dark leafy green vegetables. But the source I prefer above all others in a heart-healthy diet is fish. The best natural fish oil sources are cold-water fish like wild salmon…

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Spinach: A Sinatra Super Food and Apparent Crowd-Pleaser!

…in the eye from the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. And studies have confirmed that a diet high in spinach and other lutein-rich green vegetables might also reduce the risk of cataracts by protecting against free radical damage in the epithelium and cortex of the lens of the eye. Recipe Ideas…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

…added sugar—including glucose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, and the like. I also encourage you to eat unprocessed gluten-free foods like vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, nuts and seeds, steel cut oatmeal, yams, legumes, flaxseeds, and avocadoes. If you do want to eat bread, Ezekial bread which…

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Vitamin B Benefits for Your Heart

…in all proteins but in greater amounts in animal proteins. Meat, eggs, milk, and cheese have two to three times the methionine that grains and vegetables do. Some homocysteine is fine; your body is equipped to handle it. But excess homocysteine levels is like having a silent, asymptomatic killer lurking…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…overheated. Another way is to eat coconut or coconut products every day. * Mix it with olive oil in your salad. You might even douse your steamed vegetables with a few teaspoons of it. * Eat coconut or other products like coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used to make shakes and smoothies. You can also…

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