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Eating For a Healthy Heart

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There is a lot of information that points to the heart benefits of eating a healthy diet. This is a guide about eating for a healthy heart.


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February 21, 2011

Having no choice but to take care of our health, has taught me to find new and better ways of cooking. This pie crust recipe works well for us.



Mix the ingredients and press evenly into a 9 inch pie plate.

Tips: Crumble the dough evenly into the pie plate and then pat into place with your fingers to evenly distribute the dough on the bottom of the pan and up the sides.

If you need a baked unfilled shell, I suggest baking the shell at 375 degrees F for about 18 minutes. You want it to be slightly golden so watch carefully.


By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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April 27, 2009

My Dad had a heart attack in his 50's. His doctor told him to stop eating bread. And for snacking he gave him this hint: 1 large leaf lettuce, spread with 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Add a THICK slice of red onion. Roll it up and enjoy. I tried it and it was remarkable good


Source: Dad's Doctor

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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January 25, 2011

My brother is recovering from a heart attack. He had 100% blockage in right ventricle. I'm staying with him until he gets back on his feet. I'm looking for heart healthy recipes to prepare for him. Any other suggestions for him much appreciated also, thanks in advance.

By Peggy from San Antonio, TX


January 26, 20110 found this helpful

Hello Peggy. I don't know if this cookbook is still in print, but if not I'm guessing they have an updated version and that you could probably find it on the web. (Or maybe even a free web site, these days.) My cookbook is titled "The American Heart Association Cookbook" third edition, copyright 1979. I bought it in the mid 1980's after my dad had a heart attack.


Believe it or not, it has a lot of delicious recipes! Contrary to popular belief, eating healthier is not necessarily about giving up all the goodies, but more about moderating the "bad for you" ingredients and the obnoxious portion sizes. I'm certain you will find many recipes your brother will enjoy. Good luck and best wishes for you and your brother's good health! Take care.

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January 26, 20110 found this helpful

The hospital and the doctor would not have sent him home without a diet. His instructions would have said for him to call the hospital dietitian after he was home to get menus. They don't leave this up to the patient. Have him call and make an appointment to speak with the dietitian and you go with him. His doctor's office will also have health heart diets to give him.

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January 26, 20110 found this helpful

The American Heart Association cookbooks are excellent. There are several available now. My library has them , but they were so good I bought them.


They are in paperback and not too expensive. Also once you get familiar with heart healthy cooking you can modify your old favorite recipes to be heart healthy in some cases. Good luck.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

I found a recipe on thrifty fun a little while back called "italian vegetable stew" I've made it many times since. It's healthy, easy and absolutely delicious. Look for it in the "find" part. It's ideal for me since I'm a vegetarian, but I'm sure you could add chicken breast or something else to it if you wish.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

Look here:
There is world of healing and great recipes + info on the vegan plant/starch diet which is what my husband and I are both on since his heart surgery in Oct 2010.

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July 20, 20060 found this helpful

I need "heart healthy" meal ideas for my diabetic husband who recently underwent heart surgery. Most healthy cooking is so bland it just doesn't appeal to him so he's not eating well and getting very weak. It's like a vicious cycle--if it's good for him, he just doesn't want it. Help!


Bonnie from Tuckerton, NJ


By Starlight (Guest Post)
July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Hi -
Go to your library and look for a book called "Don't eat your heart out", by I think his name is Joe Piscatella. He has several books out which I used when my husband had a heart attack 8 years ago. The food tastes good, and there are lots of recipes. I had my husband go through the book with me and read the recipes and check the ones he would worked out well. I wish you the best. I know it is a hard thing to go through, as well as stick with.

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By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Try They have menu plans for a "Heart Healthy" diet. I use the "Body Clutter" menu which is low carb/fat and just about everything that I've tried is very flavorful and delicious.


They send out a menu once a week, complete with shopping list. It's been great for me and my family. My husband doesn't know he's eating healthy because everything is so great tasting.

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Experiment with herbs. They give a lot of flavor without the calories. Limit solid fat and of course, salt. Also use flavored vinegars and Balsamic vinegar. Us a lot of vegetables and salads to fill up on and decrease meat. Also use dijon mustard and small amounts of honey and juices to flavor...oh and don't forget lemon and orange zest...get a good zester and you will add lots of flavor to stir fry, and other foods.
A lot of it is habit too, what u get used to.
Good Luck

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Make sure you serve something different; fish one night, chicken the next...

Also, you mentioned his appetite is decreasing - could this be a result of medications? Call the pharmacist and ask.

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

Try this website. You'll have to sign up but I have a friend who is using this for her menu planning and she seems very pleased.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 22, 20060 found this helpful

Use lots of garlic, onions, and herbs.

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By sweet Peaches (Guest Post)
July 22, 20060 found this helpful

I am a Diabetic also and I have meals that are good.of course you need to use Splenda for Sugar and I cook with it and bake with it also..I went to my aol search engine and typed in" Diabetic Recipes "and found a ton of them.then I ordered a book from Amazon about Diabetic meals and "cooking with Splend".my Husband and I both are Diabetics and we eat healthy and the meals aren't bland at all.

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April 2, 20090 found this helpful

Search for "Heart healthy meals". Lot of recipes there,my cousin enjoys ready fixed meals by Weight watchers in the freezer in grocer stores, just heat & eat ,maybe some fruit juice will help him, good luck.

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

Doesn't anyone do heart healthy recipes?

By Esther Bradley-DeTally from Pasadena


Heart Healthy Recipes

If you're looking for heart healthy recipes here's a website:

I have to agree with you, there are way too many meat recipes posted here. And the dessert recipes are loaded with too much sugar. I'd definitely be pushing daisies by now if I ate all the recipes posted here. And then we can't figure out why Americans are so fat and obese. (10/24/2010)

By Marjorie

Heart Healthy Recipes

I don't know of any famous cooks that do, but there are plenty of heart healthy recipes out there. I am doing HH recipes myself. I also modify the recipes I come across to fit my needs (saute in broth or water instead of oil, use yogurt (Greek is best) in place of sour cream, cut down or modify sugar and oil, etc.). (10/25/2010)

By Vicki

Heart Healthy Recipes

Those TV meals that read healthy, don't be mislead, the salt content is terrible. (10/28/2010)

By CharlieRS

Heart Healthy Recipes

DH and I eat low carb, heart healthy all the time. I have learned to make pretty well anything healthy enough for us, even sweets. The way I did it is to figure out what meals I liked, then researched to find recipes that I could modify to suit my needs. Such as brown rice instead of white, whole wheat flour instead of white, etc. I use spices and seasonings instead of salt. (10/28/2010)

By kerly87

Heart Healthy Recipes

These web sites have some great heart-healthy recipes. I subscribe to both of these magazines, but you don't have to subscribe to the magazines in order to access the online recipes. (10/28/2010)

By Judy = Oklahoma

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