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Meals with adjustments

Creamy Alfredo-Inspired Sauce

When Wayne was diagnosed with heart disease, we reluctantly resigned ourselves to giving up such treats as classic Fettuccine Alfredo, with its carb-heavy noodles, and the classic sauce made from heavy cream, butter and lots of Parmesan cheese. The fat and sodium content was far in excess of an entire daily recommendation, and too indulgent…

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Restaurants and the Diabetic Heart Patient

Summer is officially underway, and with it come vacations and the need to eat away from home. Every week we talk about the challenges of an eating lifestyle that minimizes salt, sugar, starchy carbs and saturated fat. The dual conditions of diabetes and heart disease, which afflict millions of patients, require attention to all of…

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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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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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Chicken Vegetable Soup

One of the easiest ways to create a healthy diabetic and heart-friendly meal without sodium, starchy carbs or saturated fat or added sugar is with homemade soups. This recipe is in our “meals with adjustments” category only because it calls for a small amount of optional pasta. However, if you don’t (or your diabetic loved…

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Chicken Salad

This dish is great for lunches and for using up chicken left from other meals. You can serve it on whole grain bread or a wrap, but we have also enjoyed it in cucumber “cups” and on wedges of sweet peppers. As with all our recipes, you can choose from many different no-sodium seasonings to…

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Chicken fried “rice”

We were shocked when we looked at how much sodium is in most soy sauce. Between that and the reliance on white rice, we decided to remake one of our favorite dishes to use a low-sodium soy sauce and “cauliflower rice” instead of the traditional kind. The very small amount of sodium in Chinatown Soy…

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