Heart Healthy Celebrations

Romance on the Menu: 9 Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Meals

Whether you’re happily single or conveniently coupled, Valentine’s Day is often linked with indulgences (think fried appetizers, buttery entrees and rich desserts). But it may turn out that the best aphrodisiacs, at least in the dining department, are foods that are good for your heart. After all, if you’re in …

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Healthy Eating

5 Reasons to Say Yes to Winter Soups

When the weather turns colder, sipping steaming hot soups and stews can keep you warm and toasty. Soups not only take the bite out of a frosty night, they’re also a fuss-free way to get dinner on the table fast. Whether a light, broth-based creation or a hearty stew, Julie …

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Heart Smart® Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Schedules

For many of us, the holidays are joyous yet chaotic – swamped with work projects, shopping for gifts, cramming for final exams, busy with events, or getting the house together for family functions all add additional stress during the busiest time of the year. Spending your day holiday shopping can …

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Healthy Holidays

Homemade (and Healthy) Holiday Gift Ideas

The gift-giving season is upon us, and it can be a struggle to think of unique gifts to give friends, family, teachers, co-workers and others. One of the most popular choices is homemade food items – but these do not need to be sugar and calorie-laden treats. Here are a …

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Healthy Holidays

Diabetes-Friendly Holidays

Even if you’ve been good all year long, the holiday season can wreak havoc on your healthful habits. With nearly six weeks of family feasts, cocktails and sweets — not to mention pressure to overindulge from well-meaning loved ones — it almost seems okay to be naughty instead of nice. …

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Healthy Recipes

Too Many Tomatoes & Cucumbers in Your Garden?

If you’re a home gardener or just a frequent visitor to farmer’s markets and garden stands, you know that August is prime time in Michigan for tomatoes and cucumbers. Both are versatile, full of vitamins and excellent choices when you are trying to make sure to eat more fresh produce …

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Fruits & Veggies

Carrot Recipe with a Detroit Twist

Carrots are one of the healthiest, most flavorful root vegetables. Packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins (especially vitamin A), lutein and carotenoids, carrots promote healthy eyes, and have been linked to decreasing risk for some types of cancer. They can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 …

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Healthy Recipes

Crowd Pleasers for the 4th: Easy Heart Smart® Dishes

The 4th of July is practically the Superbowl of barbecuing, picnicking and festive summer eating in general. But with all of that celebrating comes the need for some home cooked dishes to bring to the party. And the choices can be overwhelming – not to mention unhealthy. But we’ve got …

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Healthy Recipes

What To Do With Asparagus? Make Guacamole! (Plus Other Tips)

Did you know that asparagus is one of the few vegetable plants that is a perennial – meaning that once planted it comes back every year? It’s also one of the earliest treasures of the spring and early summer harvest in Michigan. That means there’s plenty of it available this …

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