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Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Pastas

You might be surprised that, as a cardiologist, I don’t vilify saturated fats and even think organic, grass-fed butter and cream in your diet is fine in moderation. But I far prefer my favorite superfood, olive oil, to lend healthy fats and delicious flavor to a meal. So when I was recently asked to make chicken broccoli ziti with Alfredo sauce for a family function, I didn’t cringe at the idea of it. I just knew I could make a healthier version with olive oil. My chicken broccoli pasta is still as satiating and comforting as the original, but packed with... Continue Reading

Healthy, Easy Hummus Recipes

Isn’t it awesome when healthy food tastes delicious, and it’s a snap to choose nutritious options over heavily processed ones…Especially when you need a quick bite? Hummus is just one of those spot-hitters. The earliest known recipe for hummus was recorded in a 13th century cookbook in Cairo, Egypt, and was said to have been eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t think I could eat hummus for every meal, but I do sure do enjoy this ancient Middle Eastern dip pretty often as a snack or light meal.

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Health Benefits of the Amazing Artichoke

One of the oldest foods known to man, artichokes date all the way back to the 300s B.C. Greek philosopher Theophrastus described them in his writings, and the ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that artichokes were introduced to America. French immigrants brought them over when they settled in the Louisiana territory. As a result, this area of the U.S. boasted the first commercial artichoke fields, and they flourished until the 1940s…

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Sustainable Products Protect Your Environment, Health, and Future

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations…”

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Mediterranean Fish – Sinatra Style

As a cardiologist, nothing makes me happier than the combination of heart-healthy fish paired with my favorite superfood, olive oil, for a one-two punch of delicious food that’s good for you! That’s exactly what you’re getting with this simple Mediterranean fish dinner that’s quick to whip up anytime and tastes wonderful. This easy fish recipe is a breath of fresh spring air with sunny lemon olive oil and vibrant organic marinara sauce.

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Quick and Easy Easter Brunch Recipes

If you’re looking for Easter brunch menu ideas or just some healthy Sunday brunch recipes to have on hand, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together some delicious recipes to kickstart your brunch with vibrant flavor and healthy ingredients….like nutrient-dense eggs and avocado…

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Celebrating Blood Orange Salad

Nature has a way of getting us through the cold and darkness of winter with vibrant fruits and vegetables, and the intensely-colored blood orange is a stand-out among them! Generally available between December and May, blood oranges are aptly named for their jewel-like blend of burgundy wine and orange colors. Citrusy with hints of raspberry sweetness, blood oranges give us another reason to celebrate winter…snacks, salads, desserts and more that feature them are bursting with sunny flavor! Blood Orange Benefits More than a delightfully sweet and colorful fruit, the intriguing blood orange also offers some pretty powerful health benefits. Rich... Continue Reading

Winter Squash Recipes Featuring Flavored Olive Oils

Versatile and vibrantly colored, winter squashes like butternut, acorn, and pumpkin have, for centuries, kept us tided over with veggie nutrition through cold weather scarcities. Harvested in the summer and fall, these stalwart winter squashes simply keep so well that they’re available for most of the year. Besides being hearty and reliable, winter squashes are also super nutritious – rich with orange and yellow pigments, acorn, butternut and other winter squashes are full of antioxidant carotenoids – plant pigments that help protect our bodies from free radical stress. Full of heart-healthy fiber, winter squashes are also great sources of B... Continue Reading

Why Do We Need Protein in Our Diets?

One of the buzzwords in diet circles these days is “protein.” High protein diets, we're told, can help us lose weight and beat the effects of aging. Products on grocery store shelves—from frozen entrees to yogurt—tout their protein content. But what exactly is protein? Why do we need it, and how much is best? Most importantly, what are good sources of protein for maintaining health? These are great questions. Let’s dive in… What Is Protein? Protein, along with fats and carbohydrates, belongs to a class of dietary essentials called macronutrients. Without these nutrients, the body can't function properly. On the... Continue Reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Whether for warm weather picnicking, or hunkering in with a hearty winter salad, this piquant Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is a high-protein home run. Featuring organic, gluten-free red lentil pasta and cold-pressed oregano olive oil, it’s healthier than traditional white pasta salad with mayo, and I think it tastes amazing too! Dr. Sinatra’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe We all like things our own way (plus, I don’t really measure my ingredients), which is why I’ve listed varying amounts of Mediterranean pasta salad ingredients. If you’re unsure of how much to use, start with lesser amounts, then taste the dish and... Continue Reading

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