Chili Lime Southwestern Chicken Salad

Vibrant colors and luscious flavors make this recipe a visual and gastronomic delight. Rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this hearty salad is low in calories. It’s easy to prepare because the marinade, plus one extra ingredient, is also used for the salad dressing. For a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and add more beans or grilled tofu or …

Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip with Cinnamon and Spice

Ready in just five minutes, this delicious fruit dip will make your heart and your taste buds rejoice. Very large studies have shown that dark chocolate (including cocoa) has powerful cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, improving arterial health, and reducing risk for coronary artery disease. Some studies suggest that dark chocolate may also help protect against cancer. …

Curried Eggs

Ready in just 35 minutes, this easy recipe is rich in flavor and heart-healthy nutrients, including vitamins C, D, B6 and B12, iron and calcium. A recent study of nearly 500,000 people ages 30 to 79 found that those who consumed up to one egg daily had an 11 percent lower risk for heart disease and a 26 percent drop …

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. …

Bananas

Frozen Vegetarian Chocolate Banana Sushi

Patients are often surprised — and delighted — when we “prescribe” a daily dose of dark chocolate (in small amounts) to enhance cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that compounds in dark chocolate called flavanols may reduce risk for heart disease and diabetes, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and perhaps even improve brain health. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, …

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 …

Burrito Wrap

Vegan Mushroom Walnut Lentil Wellington

Perfect for a holiday celebration or any festive occasion, this elegant recipe offers a feast of hearty, heart-healthy flavors. Not only are mushrooms one of the few plant sources of vitamin D, but a new study reports that older adults who eat them more than twice a week have lower risk for developing mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s …

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 …