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Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: A Great Holiday Gift for Home Cooks

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Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: A Great Holiday Gift for Home Cooks

What do you give the foodie - chef - cookbook lover - slow cooker owner - healthy eater on your holiday shopping list? The gift of delicious new recipes, of course!

The American Heart Association’s beloved, bestselling Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook —updated with 30 new recipes and full-color images — makes a perfect holiday gift.

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Some say the versatile slow cooker is America’s favorite kitchen appliance. It can simplify meal prep and help your family steer clear of the take-out window. Under the spell of the slow cooker’s low heat, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits transform into easy and inexpensive meals.

Skeptical that you can eat healthy and light while enjoying satisfying, flavorful food? Well, this is no fad diet book full of restrictions and what not to eat – it’s real food for real people! From appetizers to desserts, the 230 no-fuss recipes are a blend of classic family favorites, plant-based options and modern global flavors.

Feast your eyes on a few of the healthy slow cooker recipes that meet the American Heart Association’s nutrition recommendations:

Tempted? Grab a copy today!

And now, a word about cold and flu season

During this season of sniffles and coughs, a warm, cozy slow cooker meal can bring comfort. But it takes more than chicken soup to prevent and treat cold and flu. It’s time to get that flu shot (if you haven’t already) and take steps to help your family stay healthy. (Check out this short video with tips from the CDC.)

Being sick is no fun for any of us, but flu and pneumonia can pose special problems for heart disease and stroke patients, older people and others with weakened immune systems. And cold weather can lead to cold medication, which can lead to trouble for people with high blood pressure. Before using or giving a family member an over-the-counter cold or flu medication, check to see if it contains a decongestant.

Decongestants can raise blood pressure or make prescribed blood pressure medication less effective. A decongestant should be used only when needed and for the shortest amount of time possible — and never if you have severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, be sure and talk to your doctor before taking any cold medicine.

Remember, a healthy lifestyle helps support a healthy immune system. Join the Healthy for Good movement for our best recipes, tips, hacks and science-based resources to help you: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.

What will you do to keep your family healthy this holiday season?