COOC-Certified EVOO – The Difference that Matters

As a cardiologist and nutritionist who grew up in an Italian household, I make no secret of my love for extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). It’s as close to the perfect “superfood” as you can get, with its antioxidant phenol content and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This is why, for years, it’s been the cornerstone of […]

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Habanero Honey Chicken Recipe

As football season heats up, I like to get cooking and make traditional game day favorites with a healthy twist….like fiery buffalo chicken. My habanero honey recipe (below) is made with all white meat tenders drenched in smooth, buttery habanero hot sauce featuring habanero flavored olive oil and sweet raw honey. If you’ve ever made […]

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Hearty, Healthy Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Growing up, my mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, and she insisted I eat scrambled eggs and toast every morning. Although it’s now up for debate how important breakfast really is, I believe as a cardiologist and nutritionist that having a morning meal is good for your health. The catch […]

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Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

I just love warm, bubbly, rich-and-hearty eggplant Parmesan. An Italian classic and personal favorite, eggplant Parmesan can be nutrient-packed and healthy with the right ingredients and culinary know-how… How to Make Healthy Eggplant Parmesan First the bad news… Traditional eggplant Parmesan often brings unsavory ingredients to the table, like deep-fried eggplant. Deep frying and pan […]

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You Can’t Beat the Health Benefits of Beets

There are quite a few vegetables that fall into the “love ’em or hate ’em” category, and beets are probably right at the top of this list. Some people enjoy their “earthy” taste, while others simply aren’t fans. But for how polarizing of a vegetable it is, one thing’s for sure: the benefits of beets […]

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The Secret to Healthy Pasta Dinners

Traditional (white flour) pasta has garnered a pretty bad reputation over the last several years… As a high-carb food, it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels, so eating too much of it too often can set your body up for inflammation-related diseases and make you gain weight. Yet for centuries, pasta has been part […]

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Iced Mint & Honey Green Tea

Have sizzling summer days got you overheated and thirsty? Cool down and quench your thirst with some iced green tea! Not only refreshing, green tea is loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which help promote healthy aging in just about every way you can imagine. Specific to the heart, green tea contains theobromine, which relaxes the blood […]

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Forest Bathing: Enjoying Nature’s Health Benefits

Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. But others…well, they see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and savor every bit of beauty, serenity, and nature that the forest has to offer. These people take part in a Japanese ritual called shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” The concept of forest bathing (aka forest therapy) […]

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8 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard barbecues are the perfect combination of summer fun, tasty food, and good times with loved ones. As an avid cook, I enjoy my barbecue outings as much as the next person. However, I have few words of caution – from a health perspective – along with some healthy BBQ tips to help you feel […]

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Natural Salt vs Table Salt

Even though I’m a cardiologist, you won’t hear me telling anyone to totally avoid salt. Despite what half the doctors in this country will lead you to believe, salt – as the main source of sodium in our diets – is essential to life. All unprocessed salt has a similar chemical makeup—it consists mainly of […]

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