Vegan Summer Vegetable Soup with Wine and Herbs

Ready in just 40 minutes, this delicious vegan soup is naturally gluten-free. And this tasty recipe is low in calories while high in flavor, heart-healthy nutrients and immunity-boosting antioxidants. Many studies link a diet high in fruits and vegetables to lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many other chronic diseases. For a flavor variation, feel free to substitute …

Lemon-Ginger Chicken Breasts with Green Beans

Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy recipe is low in calories but high in protein, flavor and heart-healthy ingredients. Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, ginger is ranked as one of the world’s healthy (and tastiest) spices. Studies suggest that it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar if consumed regularly and may also help fight such viral illnesses as colds and flu. …

Chicken Breasts

Chicken Skillet with Rosemary Cherry Balsamic Sauce

Ready in just 20 minutes, this tangy, gluten-free recipe is easy enough for a midweek family dinner but elegant enough for a festive occasion. Cherries are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which help lower risk for cardiovascular disease by reducing levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammatory markers. Cherries also contain melatonin, a hormone that contributes to sound, …

Chili Pepper-stuffed

Thai Stuffed Chilies

Superb as an appetizer or main course, this deliciously spicy recipe wakes up your taste buds and boosts your arterial wellness. A new study reports that eating chilies frequently reduces risk for fatal heart attacks and strokes by up to 50 percent. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, nuts also have impressive cardiovascular benefits, including helping to lower blood pressure, cholesterol …

Fruits and Vegetables

The Ten Best and Worst Foods for Your Heart and Brain Health

“Let food be thy medicine,” wrote Hippocrates centuries ago. But which foods should you choose to protect the health of your heart, brain and arteries — and which ones should you avoid? In 2017, an analysis of American dietary patterns linked eating suboptimal amounts of ten foods and nutrients — too much of some and not enough of others — …

Oats-Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Overnight Oats Pumpkin Pie

Both delicious and nutritious, pumpkin is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, but low in calories. It contains potassium, vitamin C and fiber, all of which have been linked to improved cardiovascular health. Potassium, in particular, has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and stroke risk. Oats are also high in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar and could …

Fish

Cajun Salmon Filets with Lemon Zest

Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy baked salmon recipe is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A diet high in oily fish has been shown to reduce blood pressure, triglycerides and inflammation while raising levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. Serve with your favorite salad, steamed vegetables, guacamole or salsa for a feast of flavors that is low in calories …

Apples

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 …

Stuffed Apples

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 …

Squash

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 …