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Thursday
Feb142013

Valentine's Day & Red Wine Truffles

Welcome Beth of the Tasty Yummies! She is here to share her contribution of Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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Hi there! Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Beth of Tasty Yummies. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today as part of our heart healthy event! I am honored to once again collaborate with a group of talented and creative ladies for another amazing event.

 

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Wednesday
Feb132013

Guest Post: Almond Joy Raw Bars


Today I welcome Meg of the Beard and Bonnet. She is here to share her contribution of Almond Joy Raw Bars to our Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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For those of you who do not know me, my name is Meg and I run a little site called Beard and Bonnet. I would like to thank Lexie for hosting me here today!

 

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Guest Post: Maple Glazed Salmon Salad

Today I welcome Carolyn of the All Day I Dream About Food. She is here to share her contribution of Maple-Glazed Salmon Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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Heart health. I will be honest and say it's not an aspect of my health I give all that much thought to. But perhaps I should. Here I am, rapidly approaching 40 and like every family, a few distant members have had heart disease. And uncontrolled diabetes is strongly correlated to heart disease and stroke. So I suppose it's fair to say that it's on my radar, although not, perhaps, right in the center of it.

Thankfully, for me the risks are low. I am healthy, active, with low cholesterol, and I keep my blood sugars carefully in check. And it just so happens that I adore many heart-healthy foods. Have I ever mentioned how much I love salmon? No? How about walnuts? Spinach? Red peppers? Red wine? Dark chocolate? The list of heart healthy options is surprisingly extensive. There's almost no excuse for not eating some on a daily basis.

Maple Glazed Salmon Salad Recipe

Of course, it's not enough just to eat right. If you're not moving around, you're not doing that heart any favours. I have seen the power of exercise with my own eyes and it's pretty amazing. In my case, it was as a factor for controlling my blood sugars while in the midst of gestational diabetes (have I mentioned that diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease?). After a meal, a 30 minute walk could lower my blood sugar by 60 points or more. If you don't know much about blood sugar, let me assure you that this is a significant number. Seeing that kind of proof on my glucometer spurred me to become a semi-competitive runner. Movement and good food. It's really not all that much to ask of ourselves to stay healthy, is it?

For this particular recipe, I loaded up on some of my favourites. Salmon topped the list, because I love it. Keep in mind, wild caught salmon is best. It contains far more Omega 3s than farmed salmon, and is easier on the environment too. I glazed the salmon with Dijon mustard and some sugar-free maple syrup, and a touch of maple extract to boost the flavour (not all maple extracts may be gluten-free ... here is one that is). You could use real maple syrup if you like, but I am a diabetic so I have to be cautious there. Then I placed the salmon on a bed of greens (may I suggest spinach in your salad mix?), with chopped red pepper and some walnuts for crunch. All topped of with my homemade walnut oil vinaigrette. Let me assure you, this is no side salad...this is your full, heart-healthy, satisfying entree. Bon Appetit!  

Maple Glazed Salmon Salad Recipe

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Monday
Feb112013

Guest Post: Chocolate Pecan Love Bites

Today I welcome EA Stewart of the The Spicy RD. I am beyond excited to bake up a batch of her contribution of Dark Chocolate Chunk Pecan Love Bites to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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Be still my beating heart! I'm thrilled to be partnering with my fabulous 2012 Gluten-Free All Star Hosts as we celebrate American Heart Month in February with another healthy and delicious recipe round-up: Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013.

Big hug to Lexie Croft at Lexie's Kitchen for creating this gorgeous gluten-free heart healthy badge!

Thank you so much Lexie for hosting me at Lexie's Kitchen today!

Before I divulge my heart healthy recipe, I thought I would share some of my favorite foods for keeping your ticker in tip-top shape!

Heart Healthy Foods 

  1. Fruit and veggies. The more the merrier—especially citrus and apples which are high in soluble fiber to help decrease LDL cholesterol, and polyphenol packed berries, which may lower blood pressure and raise level of good {HDL} cholesterol.
  2. Beans, beans, the musical fruit! Like certain fruits and veggies, beans are a great source of soluble fiber, and also contain a variety of flavonoids which help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, and preventing abnormal clotting of blood platelets.
  3. Seedy stuff! Flax, chia, and hemp, all provide plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which, although not as powerful as seafood omega-3's, may also help with heart health. In addition, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens called lignans, which may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  4. Something seems a little fishy to me. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackeral, sardines, tuna, anchovies and trout all provide 1 gram of more of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3's provide cardiovascular protection by lowering triglycerides, decreasing inflammation, reducing blood clotting, and lowering blood pressure. To choose fish that are not only heart healthy, but are also environmentally friendly and low in contaminants such as mercury and PCB's, bes ure and check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch website.
  5. Chocolate. The darker the better! Rich in flavonol, the main type of flavonoid in cocoa and chocolate, research has shown that {a little} dark chocolate {choose chocolate with at least 70 % or more cacao} can be a heart healthy choice.
  6. Cheers to a glass of vino! What's even better than a square or two of dark chocolate? A glass of red wine {if you choose to drink alcohol} to go along with it. Another heart healthy polyphenol, resveratrol, makes red wine {in moderation~up to 2 drinks/day for a man or up to 1 drink/day for a woman} another heart healthy choice by helping prevent damage to blood vessels, reducing LDL cholesterol, and helping to prevent blood clots. In addition alcohol, in general {again, in moderation} has been shown to raise good HDL cholesterol, thereby helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Salud!

And Now, On to the Recipe.

After looking through my posts from the last two months, aside from my Gluten-Free All-Star buddies' spectacular sweets, I realized I haven't shared a proper dessert with you in over 2 months.

Heck, I didn't even make any holiday cookies for you this past December :-(

So, clearly you are long overdue for something sweet and decadent.

Oh, and super heart healthy to boot. 

How's that sound?! 

My inspiration for these dark chocolate chunk pecan love bites comes from these fabulous peanut butter chocolate chip cookies over at Texanerin. If you like peanut butter, you MUST make them. My version is equally delicious, yet features a different sort of heart healthy nut—pecans. 

Oh, and there are beans and dark chocolate too.

Plus a little maple syrup, and some ground flaxseed...

Yes, they are very healthy indeed, but healthy without delicious doesn't exist in my kitchen, so I promise you they will make your heart pound with joy :-)

Thank so much for reading. Please head on over to my blog,The Spicy RD, for my Dark Chocolate Chunk Pecan Love Bite recipe!

Oh, and I’d love to continue sharing more of my heart healthy and delicious recipes with you!

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Cheers to a healthy heart!

Sunday
Feb102013

Guest Post: PB Chia Choco Chip Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies @carascravings

Today I welcome Cara of Cara's Cravings. She is here to share her contribution of Peanut Butter Chia Choco Chip Cookies to the Gluten-Free Heart Healthy event.

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Hello, Lexie's Kitchen readers! Lexie is graciously hosting me today to kick off a fun event we came up with to honor one of the most important organs of the body, the heart. What better time to celebrate than during this month of love!

Being pregnant has turned me into somewhat of a cookie monster. After all, celebrations call for cookies and every day you feel that little miracle kicking within is a reason to celebrate, right? That's what I keep telling myself. But this week I made cookies for another kind of celebration.

Today, I'm kicking off a week of Gluten-Free and Heart Healthy recipes in honor of American Heart Month. Each year 715,000 Americans have heart attacks and 600,000 die from heart disease*.

To raise awareness and encourage good choices, we are offering up delicious gluten-free recipes packed with heart-healthy ingredients. So, read on and take to heart that you can have your cookies and eat them too!

Chia Seeds: Starring in these cookies is one of my favorite heart-healthy foods, the chia seed. Chia seeds are actually an ancient food that is making a comeback, and while some might deem them "trendy", my not-so-humble opinion is that when even more folks start eating them, chia seeds will again become a staple in our diets. Hey, I hope so anyway.

Chia seeds a jam-packed with essential omega-3 fatty acid, more so than other plant-based sources. We've probably all heard the buzz that omega-3's contribute to reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease, which is why I chose to feature the mighty chia seed in this recipe.

Oats: What else is there to love? These chewy little cookies have plenty of heart-protective, fiber-rich oats and they are held together with peanut butter.

Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butter (read: the kind that only contains peanuts) contains high amounts of oleic acid, a type of fat known to increase your good cholesterol and lower the bad kind, and it's another great source of fiber as well.

Now I'm not going to try to convince you that the only reason to eat a cookie is for your health, so I'll also throw in that these are so easy that you won't even need an oven, they're the perfect sweetness for either breakfast or dessert, and studded with mini chocolate chips so you're sure to get some of the good stuff in every bite.

I hope that I've tempted you to come on over and check out the recipe!

Peanut Butter Choco Chip Chia Cookies @carascravings

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*Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth