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Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not a big proponent of sugary desserts, and generally advise that sweets be eaten in strict moderation. Even so, a sweet tooth will strike from time to time for us all, and I do believe that there are ways to indulge without throwing all caution to the wind. There is a middle ground where […]

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Is Your Pasta Sauce Healthy? Here are 5 Ways to Tell

I’ve never been shy when it comes to sharing stories about my Italian heritage and my love of traditional Italian food. But once I get specific about my favorites, a lot of people are surprised that I regularly include pasta and red sauce on my menu. Sometimes I’ll have the sauce as much as 2-3 […]

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Is Your Olive Oil Real or Fake?

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

This week and next, the Red Sox and the Dodgers will be battling it out in the World Series. As a New Englander, I’ll be rooting for the Sox! As the games heat up, I like to get cooking and make traditional game day favorites with a healthy twist….like fiery buffalo chicken. My habanero honey […]

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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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Love Flavored Olive Oil? Cold Pressed Is Still Best

As a lover of olive oil, it does my heart good to see so many people embracing it as a flavorful and healthy way to eat. There’s nothing better, in my book, for both the taste buds and…well… every other part of your body! One look at store shelves will tell you just how big […]

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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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