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Healthy Heart Nutrition: Very Veggie Lasagna

…) 1 tsp. fresh thyme, minced (or ½ tsp. dried thyme) 16 oz. low fat ricotta cheese 1 (10 oz.) package of frozen spinach, thawed and liquid removed 12 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 egg ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided Preheat oven to 375°. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat…

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A Delicious Way to Lower Your Blood Lipids On the Grill

…-warmed spaghetti sauce (which is also good for your LDL cholesterol levels), and your favorite grated cheese. We dubbed this dish “Eggplant Parm,” but you can also use Romano, Pecorino, or Asiago cheeses. * Garnish with your choice of farmstand-fresh chopped basil, cilantro, or parsley. If you want more…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with this Japanese Secret

…to treat this common problem. One of the alternative therapies I’m truly excited about is Nattokinase—an enzyme that comes from the Japanese cheese-like food, Natto. It works by addressing one of the most overlooked problems in the development of arterial disease and high blood pressure: hyperviscosity…

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On the Grill: Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

…Parmesan (Serves 2) Ingredients 1 medium-size eggplant 2 T. olive oil 2 tsp. crushed oregano ½ cup tomato sauce (or more, to taste) Grated parmesan cheese to taste Fresh parsley or basil to garnish Directions Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise. Sprinkle each of the exposed halves with the olive oil…

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

…steaming fresh spinach and incorporating it into some brown wild rice, and top with almonds and Parmesan cheese. * Zoe P.O. loves to sauté some onions and garlic with some spinach, mix it with feta cheese, kalamata olives, and then “smash it in the middle of a soft tortilla and grill it on the stove! YUM…

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5 Heart-Healthy Veggie Side-Dishes for Your July 4th Celebration

…roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese before serving. 2. Pan-fry bite-sized pieces of broccoli, onions, and sliced mushrooms in olive oil, spray with butter, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving. Or, season with soy sauce and sesame seeds for an Oriental…

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Can You Follow a Strict, Healthy Vegetarian Diet?

…subscribe to his general premise. Here’s why. Some vegetarians will not eat meat but will eat eggs and dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Others avoid all foods derived from animals. In my opinion, a strict vegetarian diet will put you behind the nutritional eight ball. No Such Thing…

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Heart Healthy Grilled Watermelon Salad

…Sprinkle of kosher or sea salt to taste A pinch to ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper to taste 2 cups mixed greens 1 cup crumbled ricotta, feta and/or goat cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice Lime or naval orange rind cut into sliver strips Directions: Pour vinegar into a small saucepan, and simmer over medium-high heat…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition: Pasta Primavera

…2 small zucchini, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup grated carrot 1 cup fresh, chopped parsley 2 T. fresh Parmesan cheese 1 T. olive oil 2 cups Jerusalem artichoke pasta Steam the broccoli and asparagus for 2-3 minutes in a vegetable steamer. In a large skillet, gently…

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Heart-Healthy Nutrition: Chicken with Peapods and Zucchini

…basil, crushed 2 cloves garlic, crushed, or one T. dried garlic 1 T. dried onion 1 medium zucchini 1 cup peapods 1 oz. white wine Grated parmesan cheese Brown rice or whole wheat pasta, cooked Fresh parsley, chopped Slice boneless breast of chicken into two-inch by one-half inch strips. Heat two tablespoons…

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Is a Low-Fat Vegetarian Diet Healthy for Your Heart?

…vegetarian diet, and 20 percent meat—including lamb, buffalo, salmon and chicken. I also eat a lot of organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, yogurt and some cheese on a day-to-day basis and use coconut milk on cereals. Both Dr. Esselstyn’s healthy vegetarian diet plan and my own are rich in carotenoids, flavonoids…

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6 Ways to Get Natural Allergy Relief

…passages. 2. Stay away from mucus-producing foods that can aggravate sinus congestion. These include dairy products, especially milk, cream, and cheese. 3. Avoid wine or drink organic varieties to minimize allergy-inducing sulfites. 4. During days of high pollen activity, keep your car windows up and…

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B Vitamins Can Save Your Heart and Your Life

…ineffective break-down of methionine, an essential amino acid found 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 an excess…

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

…dip, made with my low-sodium homemade Mexican seasoning mix. Prepare using low-fat ground turkey, and top with heart-healthy black beans, low-fat cheese, salsa, and diced tomatoes. Use whole wheat sodium-free chips, or gluten-free corn chips, for dipping. 5. Mediterranean style chili is not only heart…

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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

…excessive levels of homocysteine. High homocysteine levels can be caused by foods—red meat, avocados, sunflower seeds, wild game, poultry, and ricotta cheese. These foods contain the amino acid methio?nine. If you don’t get enough B vitamins, your body cannot break down methionine, which results in homocysteine…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition: Peppered Rosemary Chicken

Like many of you, chicken and fish are dietary mainstays at our house. Free-range chicken is a great source of protein, and to some degree, healthy fats as well. Fortunately, we have the luxury of living near several health food stores, so accessing a free-range or organic chicken is relatively…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

…living with diabetes. Simple Salad Caprese Serves 2 * 2 large tomatoes cut into 10 slices * 10 large fresh basil leaves * 2 ounces light mozzarella cheese cut into 10 small pieces * 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar * 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil * Dash freshly ground black pepper Layer the tomato slices…

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A Delicious Way to Boost Your Heart Health

…cut into 1/2-inch pieces * ½ cup cherry tomatoes * 4 oz. spelt pasta, cooked according to package directions * 6 basil leaves, slivered * Parmesan cheese Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium frying pan. Add garlic and asparagus and stir-fry until asparagus is tender. Add tomatoes and cook for…

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Vitamin K2 Benefits and Coumadin

…and arterial health. Because of this, I tell all of my patients with cardiovascular problems to eat some green leafy vegetables and try to add some cheese and natto (if they can get it) to their diets to get some natural vitamin K. I don’t want them to become vitamin K deficient. I can always adjust…

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Five Secrets for Effective Weight Loss

…meat, cold cuts, mayonnaise, and dairy products (especially milk fat and butter). You must avoid all hydrogenated fats like those found in pastries, cheese, crackers, margarine, and processed oils. These products contain the worst killer fats, the so-called “trans-fatty acids,” and are truly dangerous…

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How Much Do You Love Your Heart?

…cause your kidneys to excrete magnesium. Although I strongly encourage eating calcium-rich foods, such as green, leafy vegetables, tofu, low-fat cheeses, and skim or 1% milk, you should still take a calcium supplement to be sure you get the right ratio and balance of each mineral. I like calcium in…

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