Showing posts from September, 2010

Sweet Potatoes with Banana and Pecan Topping

Blueberries, almonds, and salmon are always at the top of superfood lists. One food that often gets overlooked but deserves a mention is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a powerful source of several essential vitamins and healthy carbohydrates that can lead to a healthier heart and a better mood. If you want to support your Emotional well being with one hearty vegetable, the sweet potato is a great way to go.
Let’s Start with the Heart Sweet potatoes are an amazing source of fiber, potassium and other nutrients that have been shown to prevent heart disease. One study showed that eating sweet potatoes could lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 29%, and eating just two a week may cut your risks of suffering a heart attack by as much as 86%.
Fiber is essential for a healthy heart, and sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of dietary fiber available. Fiber helps you maintain a healthy weight because it fills you up and keeps you satisfied, and a healthy weight is one of the keys…

Grilled Potato Wedges Heart Healthy Low Cholesterol

In 18th century, potatoes were introduced to North America  via Irish immigrants, however their origin is
South America. Over 7,000 years ago, potatoes were first cultivated in the Andes Mountains. Many kinds
of potatoes are seen today, but the most common of these are the russet, round white, and the red
potato. Potatoes are tough and durable, store well, and have an impressive nutritional content including
being a rich source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Like other fruits and vegetables, potatoes are a
low calorie food and are free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. However, the leaves and stems of a potato plant are poisonous and may cause illness when ingested. We gave come along way in eating this versatile vegetable, of course most famous for being fried. Here is a very healthy alternative~

You can use any number of herbs or spices to season the potatoes:

4 medium red potatoes and/or sweet potatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons …

White Bean Dip, Healthy Appetizer

Beans are a great source of protein, the B group of vitamins, folic acid, iron and starch. They are also packed full of healthy fibre, which cuts down levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood, thus protecting you from heart disease.   Here is a quick recipe that adds some love to your diet and heart!

1 can (or made fresh from dried) 15 oz white (cannellini) beans,  or use black, red, or chick peas rinsed and drained
8 garlic cloves, roasted
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped spinach

In a blender or food processor, add the beans of your choice, roasted garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Blend until smooth ( I love to leave the chunks in so just pulse a few seconds), fold in spinach and herbs. Serve on top of  slices of toasted  baquette bread Italian bread or French bread.  This is also excellent placed on top of red (sweet) bell peppers cut into squares

Legumes are one of the m…