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By: Sophie Wathen
With the holiday season comes wintery weather, time spent with family, and of course, delicious home-cooked meals. For those who wish to maintain a heart-healthy diet, it might feel impossible this time of the year. However, that doesn’t need to be the case. There are plenty of heart-healthy recipes to help get you in the holiday spirit! Lisa Zoberman, Oncology Dietitian at NorthShore, shares her tips on staying heart healthy this holiday season.
“Don’t get stressed out over holiday eating! Include some of these heart-healthy recipes in your repertoire to help balance out those holiday indulgences. If you try too hard to restrict your diet, you may undereat, feel deprived, and may binge later. So, take reasonable portions of the foods you love, some healthier like fresh green salads, whole grains, and lean proteins, some may be less so, and enjoy!”
Here are some recipes that will have your heart and your family saying thank you!
Orange Glazed Turkey with Potatoes & Carrots
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 257, Protein: 32g, Fiber: 3g
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
Baked Apple Crisp
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.2. Core the apples but leave the bottoms of the apples intact in order to hold the filling.3. In a medium bowl, add the maple syrup and maple flavoring to the melted butter and stir.4. Stir in all remaining ingredients.5. Stuff the apples with the mixture.6. Arrange the apples in an oven-safe baking dish and pour enough to just cover the bottom of the dish with water, approximately ¾ cup.7. Bake the apples for 40-50 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the filling lightly browns.8. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 186, Fat: 6g, Carbs: 35g, Fiber: 7g, Protein: 2g
Heart-healthy recipes can be a part of your diet year-round! Check out the American Heart Association’s recipe page to discover healthier versions of all your favorite meals. To learn how to best keep your heart healthy, make an appointment with one of our cardiologists.
These recipes are adapted from the American Heart Association and Fresh Recipe: Baked Apple Crisp.