No-cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce

Ready in just minutes with no cooking, this zesty, Asian-inspired recipe is sure to become a family favorite. It’s perfect if you’re following a low-carb or gluten-free diet, or watching your weight, because the wraps are low in calories but rich in flavor. Studies suggest that people who eat chicken regularly tend to weigh less and may also have lower …

Perfectly Baked Salmon with Lemon and Dill

Ready in 30 minutes or less and packed with heart-healthy nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, this easy salmon recipe pairs perfectly with a cucumber vinaigrette salad for a tasty meal that’s sure to delight your family and friends. For a flavor variation, replace dill with other fresh herbs of your choice, such as tarragon, basil or parsley, or substitute 3 …

Tomato, Cucumber and Mint Gazpacho

Cool, refreshing and easy to make, this tasty summer soup is packed with heart-healthy nutrients. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer. Cucumbers are an ideal food to stay hydrated on hot days since they are 95 percent water. They also contain compounds …

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce

Perfect for a Father’s Day barbeque or a summer cookout for family and friends, this easy recipe pairs colorful, heart-healthy vegetables with zesty Argentine flavors. For a tasty variation, try it with other fruits and vegetables, such as pineapple, sweet or new potatoes, eggplant, leeks, or slices of corn on the cob. Chimichurri sauce is also delicious with grilled fish, …

Zesty Thai Carrot and Cucumber Noodle Salad in a Mason Jar

Ready in just 15 minutes, this tangy, vegan salad is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, check the label of the soy sauce to make sure it’s gluten free since some brands contain wheat. Experiment with other ingredients too: There are dozens of recipes for salads in a jar, all of which are perfect for an …

Lemon Chicken with Thyme

Quick and easy to prepare, this zesty dish is low in calories but rich in flavor, with no oil or butter used. For a delicious variation, substitute rosemary or oregano for the thyme. The American Heart Association recommends chicken, fish and beans as good sources of lean protein because they’re lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than red meat. Citrus fruits are …

7 Heart-Smart Weight- Loss Tips that Really Work

Nearly 40 percent of Americans — about 100 million people — are obese, according to a new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s alarming because obesity (defined as a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher) greatly increases risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes, several forms of cancer and many other chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Another new study …

Rainbow Fruit Kebabs with Lemon-Lime Dip

Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to get a full spectrum of the nutrients you need for vibrant heart and systemic health. In fact, “eating the rainbow” of fresh produce has been linked to lower risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and several forms …

Chicken Breast with Mole Sauce and Citrus Thyme Salad

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this easy dinner recipe abounds in heart-healthy ingredients. Mole (pronounced mo-LAY) sauce derives its rich, zesty flavor from dark chocolate, which has so many cardiovascular benefits that the BaleDoneen Method prescribes 7 grams daily (one small square) for heart attack and stroke prevention. A diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables lowers risks for …

Cures in Your Kitchen: Heart-healthy Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices have been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. Modern science has shown that some of these tasty flavorings really do have remarkable health benefits, particularly for boosting cardiovascular (CV) wellness. Two very large studies recently linked a spicy diet to longer life and lower risk of death from heart-related causes. One reason why certain …