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Try some heart-healthy red recipes for American Heart Month

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The following guest post was written by Deborah Renza, managing editor for the American Heart Association’s bestselling library of cookbooks and heart-health information books.


woman reading recipe on tablet while cokingEating delicious food is one of life’s pleasures for most of us.

We all make decisions about what we are going to eat—or not eat—often several times a day. Eating wholesome food doesn’t mean we have to give up enjoying what we eat. One of the easiest ways to be heart healthy is to cook at home. By preparing flavorful meals in our own kitchens, we can control which ingredients and nutrients—including sodium, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars—we put into our bodies.

To help all of us take healthy eating into our own hands, the American Heart Association offers thousands of appetizing recipes among its dozens of cookbooks. I cook from American Heart Association recipes at home because I am confident that these recipes not only will be good for my heart health but also produce great-tasting results. I know this because I have been part of the recipe selection process for the American Heart Association’s bestselling library of books for more than a decade; I guess you could say I take my work home with me.

It's American Heart Month

This February is American Heart Month, and I’d like to invite you to try some of our favorite red dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen. When it’s cold outside this month and you’re looking for something to warm you up, try our Chicken Tortilla Soup. Let it cook low and slow, filling your house with the mouthwatering aroma of a healthy, homemade meal. If you want something a bit spicy and smoky, turn to Cumin-Rubbed Salmon, which gets its hint of red from a blend of chili powder and paprika. For a quick and easy dessert, stir-fry Warm Cinnamon-Raisin Apples in just minutes.

Why not show your love for yourself and your family this Heart Month by preparing and eating delicious good-for-you foods? Your hearts will love you for it.

Debbie Renza guest blogger Deborah Renza is the managing editor for the American Heart Association’s bestselling library of cookbooks and heart-health information books.

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