Jan. 29th, 1995 was when I knew something was not right. I had just moved to Atlanta with my family and when settling in for the night I found I couldn’t “clear my chest” of a congested feeling. Four days later my aortic valve was replaced. I now approach the 17th birthday of my new valve, and I remain constantly thankful for the new lease on my life that I was given. I exercise regularly and try to maintain moderation … continued…

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I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in April 2009. I have been heavy most of my life. My parents have both been heavy too, and they were on medications for blood pressure. The doctors changed up something with my Dad’s prescription, and it threw him out of whack. He can no longer handle the slightest heat or humidity, and he was out of work and on anti-depression medication for about 6 months. I knew I did not want that … continued…

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A big heart-felt thanks to everyone who submitted recipes for our Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day recipe contest. Barb had a hard time picking her favorite, but she has decided … The winner is … Stacy K. from Westfield, IN with her Heart Healthy Meatballs recipe! Congratulations, Stacy! These little meatballs pack a big punch of flavor thanks to generous amounts of all the seasonings. Baking the meatballs on a baking sheet makes the meatballs almost no fuss: mix, shape, bake, … continued…

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Since February is American Heart Month, I wanted to take an opportunity to share the 8 known “risk factors” for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  These risk factors are basically aspects of health that increase a person’s chance of developing the disease.  The good news is that of the 8 risk factors, 6 of them are modifiable (meaning that you have control over them).  The really good news is that of the 6 modifiable risk factors, 5 are positively affected by … continued…

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I must admit, I LOVE chocolate! And, for me, it’s truly one of the many pleasure of life.  Want to hear some good news about chocolate? A chocolate a day may help keep the doctor at bay! That’s right! Here’s the skinny: Cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids that provide antioxidant powers. In addition to their antioxidant potential, flavanoids are shown to have vascular health benefits which may  help lower blood pressure, keep blood from forming dangerous clots and improve … continued…

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This meatloaf was inspired by the colorful vegetable terrines I love—sliced layers of vibrant colors. I didn’t get quite the vibrancy I had in my head, but I absolutely love the flavors—spinach in the beef layer and sun-dried tomatoes and carrots in the ground chicken layers. This takes a little longer to prepare than many of my usual recipes, but it is definitely worth the extra effort … it is NOT the same old meatloaf. Prep time: about 30 minutes … continued…

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As a dietitian, I often have patients tell me, “I never eat red meat.” Usually this is followed by a shy smile because they are so proud of that change … because, more times than not, it was really hard to make. I hate to do it, but I have to shatter that pride and tell them that all of their pain from restricting red meat wasn’t necessary! The key is to pick the right kinds of red meat. A … continued…

Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD

This month I set out to make a “heart healthy” sauce for our steak. I’d read plenty about walnuts and their benefits, and I do like walnuts, for me they have a certain bitterness that I thought would be too strong for something like this. So, I was pleased to discover that skin-on almonds have plenty of heart healthy features. Here’s a quote from Medical News Today: researchers at Tufts University discovered that almonds also contain high levels of several … continued…

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My mom is a living heart miracle! You may think that sounds funny, but after hearing her story, I know you’ll agree that it’s true. She’s also a reminder that while many heart problems are caused by our own lack of exercise and poor diet, many other heart problems are congenital, present at birth. For those who experience congenital problems, and they can crop up at any time, it’s even more important to live an active, healthy lifestyle. That way, … continued…

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It’s American Heart Month! And, we’ve got a lot of exciting things happening in February to celebrate those who have fought the battle against heart disease as well as help educate us too. So, we’re kicking off the month with a Valentine’s Day recipe contest. Do you have a heart healthy recipe you’ve created that’s perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? All you have to do is email your *recipe*to blog@laurasleanbeef.com no later than Wednesday, February 8 at Noon … continued…

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