Archive for Recipes

NEW! Tasty and healthy juices and smoothies

I was looking up smoothies to make for my 12-year-old and found four recipes that I thought sounded delicious and are packed full of nutrition.

Easy Apple Juice

2 apples (green apples were suggested)
½ of a lemon
1 big handful of greens

I like this one because it’s no secret that I love apples! They are cheap, versatile, nutritious, and taste great. Not to mention apples are a good source of soluble fiber (for heart health), vitamin C, and have a low glycemic index. Greens are a nutritional powerhouse, if you haven’t heard. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients  – (compounds from plants) that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Shared heart-healthy recipes from cardiac rehab

The first year I worked in cardiac rehab I encouraged people to bring in their favorite heart healthy recipes to share with the other participants. While I was doing some Spring cleaning today, I came across a few of them that I thought would be fun to share. This sure brings back fond memories of some of my favorite patients…

Summer bean dishes

As promised…

I chose these two recipes because they are simple, quick, can be served either room temperature or chilled, remind me of summer, and taste delicious. In fact, there will most likely be at least one vegetarian to any pot luck or picnic you’re invited to, and these dishes will satisfy them AND the meat lovers! The basic recipes are provided below, but I usually add things like green or yellow peppers, jalapeños, onions, even mushrooms. The great thing about recipes like this is that you can use up whatever you might have left in the crisper and it will taste great.. probably!

Q&A – Juicin’

I got a comment this week from a reader wanting to know about drinking her vegetables. Her doctor recommended juicing. If you don’t particularly like eating vegetables, juicing them is a great idea! I’m not a big smoothie or juice girl because I don’t like to drink my food. However, my son LOVES fruit smoothies and juices, so we’ve experimented with a few… He even talked me into getting the Bella Cucina individual smoothie/juice maker (it was on sale at Target). It does the job and he loves what it produces.

Bread and pasta….recipes!

Two foods that used to be “bad” words to a diabetic. These foods get a nutritious (and tasty) twist with the recipes below. The avocanana recipe uses whole plant fats, which I discussed on Feb. 22. The other recipe I sought out after talking with a vegan client of mine who mentioned quinoa pasta being a tastier alternative to rice pasta (she is also gluten-intolerant). I thought it would be fun to include two recipes in today’s post to highlight those foods.

Quick notes:

  • The 1 cup of all-purpose flour can be modified to ½ cup all-purpose flour and ½ cup whole wheat flour