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A Healthy Life-My New American Heart Association Cookbook

Updated on August 30, 2016
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Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.

It's been about a decade since my husband suffered his heart attack. After my husband's surgery the hospital enrolled me into a cooking course. They said this cookbook was a guide I needed to use for my daily cooking. I found the cookbook and faithfully used it to make everything. I downloaded it and now have access to it from my android where ever I go. Since we travel a great deal of the year it is a valuable resource for my cooking.

Make Your Meals Healthy

The recipes are wonderful I love the homemade salad dressing it is a culinary delight. As vegetarians we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and the recipes have increased the varieties of salad we now eat. We like the choice and try new things all the time. It's easy with these great ideas and tips.

We used to eat to much cheese and other fatty foods. Now I know that we can have flavor without all the unhealthy fats. The section of recipes devoted to vegetarian meals make cooking easy for me. When I first started learning to change my cooking habits, I was told by the dietitian at the hospital that even the meat based meal could be modified to suit a vegetarian diet. I began experimenting with meat substitutes and soon became an expect great vegetarian meal.

Nutrition Guide

Each recipe I make has a nutrition guide it easy to figure out a balanced diet. It taught me how to pick and choose between healthy and unhealthy choices. For example, I learned to use seasoning as opposed to lots of salt which is not good for our hearts. I learned how to cook many of the same foods we were already eating in a way that eliminated fats, salt and frying.

I love to cook and making food that is healthy is a bonus for us. I make cakes and treats in advance and store them in zipper bags in the freezer. This way we have nutritious treat ready for snacking anytime we want. I recommend this cookbook to anyone who want to improve on their diet.

Heart Health Stir Fr

Cooking for A Healthy Life

The best way to learn to cook for health is practice. I like to watch these video to inspire my cooking and learn new techniques. The Heart Association has taught me to be conscious about my food choices.

Read the information that is available for healthy cooking. One of the main things I did to improve our diet is to learn what food are healthy and which are not.

Here are some tip:

  1. Cook your meals at home and avoid processed foods.
  2. Eat at home limit the number of meals eaten out.
  3. Add lots of vegetables and whole grains to your meals.
  4. Use fruit as desserts.

Healthy Wraps

Discover how to cook healthy meals for your family. Retrain your families taste buds. Choose foods that are fresh. Fruits, vegetables should be added to your meals and you should avoid anything that comes in a box or foods you get by clipping coupons. Fresh foods can't be purchased with coupons,

Shop farmers markets, select organic food and know the food with high quality nutrition. Avoid foods considered to be junk food. Know the dirty dozen fruits and vegetable and only purchase these food in their organic form.

Tasty Chicken

More Great Cooking

Cooking with health in mind has made me a better cook. Many of the choices I make in my recipes was something I had to learn. My family was big on red meat and animal fats in our diet. In fact my mother used to save bacon grease for frying and baking. Everything I learned about cooking needed to change so we could eat right. I discovered that cookbooks helped me learn the proper techniques I use to create my food especially this one.

Healthy cooking is easy. All you need to do is rethink how and what you are cooking. I like the heart healthy cookbook since it has all the recipes I need to cook healthy meals everyday. If you are looking to change you eating habits it is one of the best cookbooks to help you accomplish healthy cooking for your family.

Crunchy Baked Chicken

American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You Recipes
American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You Recipes

Learn how to cook healthy while you are away from home. Come home to wonderful meals that cooked all day in your slow cooker crock pot.


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    • junkcat profile image

      junkcat 3 years ago

      I need to get this book. I am always looking for healthy recipes

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      Healthy eating is my goal.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I adore vegetarian meals and since becoming a mother I am definitely more keen to cook healthy meals for my family. Great lens!