Apple, Tarragon and Chicken Salad

Did you know that apples are called “nature’s toothbrush” because their slightly acidic nature and fiber-rich flesh help clean your teeth as you eat them? Here is an easy, delicious recipe for a heart- and tooth-healthy lunch or dinner. Ingredients 2 tart red apples (such as Cameo Apples) 2 celery stalks (diced) 2 chicken breasts (skinless, cooked, diced, about 2 …

Must-Have Kale Salad to Go

Here’s a tasty recipe, created by a White House chef, to take to work for a heart-healthy lunch on the go. Experiment with other ingredients too — there are dozens of recipes for salads in a jar, which I often bring to the office for my midday meal. Makes 4 servings, to be packed in individual 1-quart Mason jars with …

Are Avocados the World’s Most Perfect Food?

Guacamole lovers rejoice: Not only do avocados help reduce heart attack and diabetes risk and lower cholesterol, but they can also slim your waist and keep extra pounds away, according to recent studies. In fact, this nutrient-packed green fruit has such an abundance of health benefits that it’s been called “the world’s most perfect food.” Here’s why avocados–not just apples–might …

Avocado-Shrimp Spring Rolls

Perfect for a summer brunch or light dinner, these spring rolls are particularly tasty when garnished with chopped, roasted unsalted peanuts. For a gluten-free version, use lettuce leaves instead of spring roll wrappers. You can also substitute chicken or  tofu for the shrimp, if desired. Another delicious way to use avocado is to add small slices or chunks as a …

Grilled Tuna Salade Nicoise

This light, heart-healthy dish is a perfect choice for a summer brunch or al fresco family dinner. Serves four. Ingredients Canola oil cooking spray 3/4 pound 
small red potatoes, diced 1/2 pound
 green beans, trimmed 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons
red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1/8 teaspoon
 salt (optional) 1/2 
medium clove garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon
 dried red pepper …

Crunchy Rainbow Veggie Wrap

Here’s a tasty, nutritious recipe that is fun to make with your children. These wraps are ideal for healthy school lunches, a family picnic, or a healthy snack. For a gluten-free version, omit the tortillas and serve the colorful vegetables and hummus on top of black beans or brown rice, cooked according to the package instructions. 6 large whole-wheat tortillas …