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Tomato Juice and Bone Health

…support bone health and prevent osteoporosis. How to Get Lycopene for Bone Health But you don’t need to drink tomato juice to get that antioxidant protection. In addition to tomatoes, watermelon, guava, grapefruits, asparagus, red cabbage and persimmons all contain lycopene. Or, you can take a lycopene…

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In a Healthy Heart Diet Beware of Hidden Salt

…heart diet. Plus, here's my revamped recipe for low sodium tomato sauce. Easy Italian Style Tomato Sauce Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 medium onions, diced 2 lbs. fresh plum or cherry tomatoes (preferably organic) 2 Tbsp. red or white wine 1 Tbsp. chopped…

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

…strips, carrots, cucumbers, tomato slices, and more—with lemon poppy seed dip. 4. Taco 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…

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Cooking Healthy: Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan

…right on the grill. Quick and Easy Eggplant Parmesan (Serves 2) Ingredients 1 medium-size eggplant 2 T. olive oil ½ 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…

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The Problem With Nutrient-Poor Fruits and Veggies

…coming up. Just the sights and smells on the farm brought back memories of my dad. He planted peppers, parsley, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash every year until he died. When he made tomato sauce, he went to his garden for the ingredients. The Cause of Nutrient-Poor Fruits and Vegetables But these…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

…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, basil leaves, and mozzarella…

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Sugar is a Major Cause of Heart Disease

…eat is “hidden,” usually under the guise of high fructose corn syrup. This corn-based sweetener is used in thousands of foods, from ketchup and tomato sauce to soft drinks and crackers. Do everything you can to avoid foods containing this sweetener. * Use natural sweeteners. If you must sweeten foods…

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

…favorites to incorporate into your heart-healthy diet 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…

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Over

…1 large egg, beaten 1 tsp. honey 2 tsp. gluten free Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard? 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram TOPPING 1/2 cup unsalted tomato sauce 1 tsp. honey Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat and sauté onion…

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A Delicious Way to Boost Your Heart Health

What’s on your dinner menu for tonight? I suggest trying Spelt Pasta with Asparagus and Tomatoes. Not only is it delicious, it contains four of my top “super foods”: asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic. Asparagus is one of the best foods to help boost your body’s production of glutathione…

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Recipe for a Healthy Heart Diet: Pasta Primavera

…Heart Diet Recipe: Pasta Primavera (Makes 3-4 servings) * 2 cups fresh broccoli florets * 1 cup fresh asparagus spears, chopped * 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed) * 2 small zucchini, chopped * 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped * 1 small onion, chopped * 1 cup grated carrot * 1 cup fresh, chopped parsley…

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Heart Healthy Nutrition: Salad Nicoise Sinatra Style

…drained and rinsed * 6-oz. cooked fresh salmon or 1 (6-oz.) can low-sodium salmon (chunked to taste) * 1 large egg, boiled and sliced * ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half * ½ cup cooked green beans, cut in 2-inch pieces * 1 Tbsp. olive oil * 2 tsp. lemon juice * 4 cups baby spinach or green leaf lettuce…

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How Salt Causes High Blood Pressure

…years ago I noticed that the day after the meal I’d gained a few pounds and was unusually thirsty. I was perplexed until I learned the canned tomatoes, pastes, and purees I was using were high in salt. Here I was, a cardiologist, and I hadn’t made the connection. Excess salt contributes to water…

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5 Heart Healthy Grilling Tips

…trim all the visible fat away. Safe Grilling Tip #3: Kabobs are fun and flavor-packed. Mix beef, buffalo, or lamb speared with chunks of onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. Safe Grilling Tip #4: Our favorites are wild Alaskan salmon , Atlantic halibut , or haddock. (Larger fish, such as tuna, sword, and…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…or supplements. I recommend taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C in the morning. It’s also important to eat vitamin C-rich foods, including broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits, such as pink grapefruit and oranges. Now it’s your turn: Which vitamin C rich foods do you like the most? You May…

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Heart-Healthy Recipe: Chicken With Peapods and Zucchini

Most of us know that tomatoes are a fruit, but did you know that zucchini—which looks like a cousin to cucumbers—is a fruit, too? This summer squash, which was first introduced to the Europeans in the 1900’s, is not only low in calories (an entire squash has just about 30 calories), it’s filled…

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Maple Syrup Gives You Valuable Health Perks

…gold” is rich in: * Polyphenols that may have cancer-fighting properties, which are even more effective than blueberries, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes. In fact, Seerem and his team reported that pure maple syrup can slow the growth of cancerous cells in the prostate and lungs substantially. Plus…

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