Apples: A Delicious Natural Probiotic that Protects Gut and Heart Health

An apple a day could really keep the doctor away — by reducing your risk for heart disease, cancer, and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease, recent studies suggest. What’s more, this delightfully crunchy fruit also supports gut health, with a new report describing apples as “the best probiotics,” with a more diverse range of “good” bacteria than any dietary supplement on …

Curried Chicken Salad with Apple Rounds

Ready in just 20 minutes, these crunchy apple sandwiches are a gluten-free, low-fat twist on the classic curried chicken salad. Apples have several benefits for heart health. They’re high in fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol, and contain flavonoids: inflammation-fighting compounds that have been linked to lower risk for heart disease and cancer. Studies also suggest that nutrients in apples may …

Easy Vegan Marinara Spaghetti Squash

Like other squashes, spaghetti squash is low in calories and high in heart-healthy fiber. It is also low in carbs, making it a delicious, gluten-free substitute for pasta. Spaghetti squash is a good source of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and C, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Packed with vitamins and minerals, nutritional yeast adds a creamy flavor, making it an …

The Facts About Eggs and Heart Health — Unscrambled

Are eggs a superfood or a dietary villain to avoid? You’ve probably seen frightening headlines like these: “Alert! An egg a day increases risk of stroke death,” “A New Study Wants You to Stop Eating Eggs,” “Study: Cholesterol from egg consumption increases risk of heart attack,” and “Eggs are bad for your heart — it’s no yolk.” However, the 2015 …

Crispy Garlic-Thyme Quinoa Fritters

Centuries ago, Hippocrates, often called the father of medicine, prescribed garlic to treat a variety of diseases. Recent research suggests that the pungent herb really does have potent health benefits — particularly when it’s crushed — including reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels and combating inflammation, all of which can reduce risk for heart attacks and strokes. Ready in just …

One-pot Vegan Lentil Kale Soup with Carrots

Ready in 30 minutes, this easy recipe is low in calories and rich in heart-healthy fiber and nutrients. Vegan and gluten-free, this hearty soup is perfect for an inexpensive but tasty lunch or dinner. Research suggests that a plant-based diet helps lower risk for cardiovascular disease, with a recent study reporting that people who ate at least one serving of …

Pomegranate Glazed Salmon with Fennel

Rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and disease-fighting antioxidants, this festive, gluten-free recipe is perfect for a holiday meal that will delight your family and friends. Studies suggest that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids helps prevent blood clots, stabilizes abnormal heart rhythms and improves blood pressure, factors that may explain why people who eat fish two or more …

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 …