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Cookbook Review: The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you looking for a resource for healthy recipes designed to help you prevent or manage heart disease and diabetes? If so, check out The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil. This great cookbook is packed with tips for cooking healthy meals and more than 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes that are sure to be a hit with your friends and family members.

About The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen
Published by the American Diabetes Association and CanolaInfo.org, this book is packed with information that people who are concerned with improving their health by following a healthy eating program.

The introductory section of The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen provides the "Top 10 Rules for Healthy Living", instructing readers to eat more produce and whole grains, cut down on salt consumption, exercise regularly, take steps to minimize stress, get plenty of rest, and other steps that everyone who wants to get – or stay – healthy needs to follow on a regular basis.

The book also provides detailed information designed to help readers develop a thorough understanding of the different types of fats. This is important information for anyone who wants to learn how to follow a healthy eating program. After all, those who want to maintain proper heart health and avoid problems with diabetes need to reduce their consumption of bad fats while eating a sufficient quantity of good fats. It’s only possible to do that if you know what foods are sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the good fats) so you can eat more of them and which ones contain saturated and trans fats (the bad ones) so you can avoid them.

A Selection of Recipes from The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen
There are many wonderful recipes in The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen, each of which is paired with detailed instructions that even inexperienced cooks will be able to follow. Additionally, each recipe is accompanied by complete nutritional information including calories, total and type of fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, and protein content. Exchanges are also included.

A few of the best recipes in The Heart Smart Diabetes Kitchen include:

  • Apricot Cranberry Nut Squares
  • Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • Chocolate Mint Pie with Espresso Sauce
  • Glazed Pineapple Orange Bundt Cake
  • Mini Greek Chicken Kabobs
  • Open Faced Sloppy Joes
  • Red Wine Braised Beef with Vegetables
  • Rich, Warm Brownie Wedges
  • Scallops with Parmesan Pasta
  • Sweet Tomato Creole Tilapia
  • Many additional recipe ideas that are sure to be a hit in your home!

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