Archive for May 2019

Sugar, Diabetes and Heart Disease

This week we explore part 2 of our 4-part series on the 4 things diabetic heart patients have to monitor: sugar consumption and its effect on blood glucose, as well as heart disease. There’s a wealth of great resources for diabetes, so we’re not going to try to duplicate them. We assume you already know…

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Heart-healthy Collard Greens

We love hardy greens, like collard greens and kale. It probably has a lot to do with my Mother’s Famous Kale recipe, and her ability to reinvent it to a still-delicious but healthier dish many years ago, when she became more conscious of heart healthy eating. To learn more on recipe makeovers and other adjustments…

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Heart-healthy Chili

This version of chili is loaded with flavor, yet with minimal saturated fat and sodium. It’s a hearty dish by itself, or even better with our no-carb cheese “crackers” (but watch the fat and sodium content of the “crackers”). Print Recipe Heart Healthy Chili Course Main Dish Keyword soup, turkey Servings Ingredients 1 pound ground…

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Salt: love it or leave it?

This week we begin a 4-part series on the things every diabetic heart patient has to watch: salt, sugar, starchy/refined carbs, and saturated fat. We’ll touch on why these four substances are a source of concern and our favorite strategies for addressing them. Let’s turn our attention to salt first: it preserves our food, it…

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Finding new ways to love salad

Question for the day: do you eat salad because you love it, or do you eat it only because it is good for you? (Or not at all?) When people think of healthy eating – whatever the reason – salads are usually one of the first things they think of. When Wayne’s heart disease was…

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Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing

We love this ginger salad dressing inspired by what is served at Benihana and other Japanese-American restaurants. We formerly used China Town Soy Sauce for this recipe, which had only 145 mg. of sodium per tablespoon, but that formula is no longer available, and the new formulation of their product now has the same amount…

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No-carb cheese “crackers”

These “crackers” are delicious and contain no starchy carbs, but they come with a caution. Anytime we remove a food or food group from our plan, we replace it with something else. In creating a “cracker” to replace the starchy carbs that are saltines, we can exclude all the carbs, but we end up with…

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Replacing old routines with new ones

When you first think about limiting sodium, sugar, saturated fat and starchy/refined carbs, it sounds a lot worse than it really is. Our first thought was, “What’s left, lettuce?” In a culture where entire meals are often based on bread, cheese and meat, or pasta and meat, making vegetables a major feature in your life…

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