Heart Healthy Recipes, Hints & Videos

Heart Healthy Recipes, Hints & Videos

It's no secret by now that the American Heart Association advocates a diet low in fat, but what exactly do heart smart recipes entail? Actually, they recommend you eat a wide variety of foods daily from all of the basic food groups, even fats. The trick is to limit foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and/or cholesterol, such as whole-milk dairy products, fatty meats, tropical oils, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and egg yolks.

How to Be Heart Smart

Instead, choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Some great ways to do this are to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish; particularly fatty fish, low-fat milk products, beans, skinless poultry and lean meats. Choose fats and oils that are healthy such as canola, corn, safflower, soy bean and olive oils. That sounds like a daunting task, but at Recipe4Living we've found some great ways to make and enjoy these heart smart foods.

Heart Smart Appetizers Recipes

Fat Free Mexican Dip

Your favorite snacks (and party dishes) don't have to ruin your diet. This one is fat free and delicious.


1/2 C. salsa

l C. fat-free sour cream (fat-free tastes good)

l C. reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 tomatoes, chopped

l avocado, peeled and diced

1 C. sliced onions

2 Tbs. chopped ripe olives

1 can fat-free refried beans


Spread the refried beans on the bottom of a rectangular glass dish. Pour the salsa over this layer. Continue layering with all ingredients. Top with fat-free sour cream.

More Heart Smart Appetizers Recipes:

Asparagus Roll Ups

Rice Wrapper Spring Rolls

Turkey-Cranberry Wontons

Heart Smart Main Dish Recipes

Whole Wheat Pizza

This is a quick and simple recipe that makes a good pizza that is healthy for you.


3/4 C. warm water

1 pkg. dry yeast

2 C. whole wheat flour

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 pinch sugar

1/2 tsp. honey

1 bag shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

6 oz. pizza sauce

Toppings of your choice


Mix together yeast water, sugar and honey. Add flour. Knead. Put oil on bottom of your bowl and place dough on top. Roll around in the oil and cover. Let set and rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pizza pan. Roll out dough to size and roll up the edges of the dough to form a wall so your toppings don't spread out of the pizza. Poke holes on bottom of the dough. Pour sauce and spread out. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese. Put half the toppings. Put another 1/3 of the cheese, the rest of the toppings and then the rest of the cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

More Heart Smart Main Dish Recipes:

Teriyaki Steak Stir-Fry

Low-Fat Chicken Enchiladas

Marinated Grilled Salmon

Heart Smart Salad Recipes

Pico De Gallo Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Here's a light and flavorful salad that makes a perfect dinner any time.


2 Tbs. canola oil

1 lb. extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 16 oz. jar Pace® Pico De Gallo

8 C. mixed salad greens

1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced (about 1/2 C.)

Ranch salad dressing


Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and heat until they're cooked through, stirring often. Pour off any oil. Add 1 cup pico de gallo and toss to coat. Divide the salad greens among 4 bowls. Spoon the shrimp mixture over the greens and top with the avocado slices. Serve with the dressing and the remaining pico de gallo.

More Heart Smart Salad Recipes:

Simple Tuna Salad

Avocado & Orange Salad

Hot Corn Salad

Heart Smart Side Recipes

Garlic Green Beans

These crunchy flavorful green beans are great, especially if you love garlic!


1 lb. favorite green beans

4 lg. garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil

salt to taste

1 pinch fresh ground pepper

1 dash paprika

1 sm. bay leaf (or 1/2 lg. bay leaf)


Clean and wash green beans and sprinkle with salt. Place beans in microwave-safe dish, cover with paper and microwave on high for 5 minutes or until tender. Sauté garlic and bay leaf in olive oil until garlic is gold. Turn off fire; add the ground pepper and the paprika. Pour over the beans and serve.

More Heart Smart Side Recipes:

Artichokes and Herbs

Green Beans, Tomatoes & Mushrooms

Basil Zucchini

Heart Smart Dessert Recipes

Fat-Free Apple Crisp

This is a great substitute for apple pie for those watching their calories. Use whole-wheat flour for a healthier dessert.


6 apples, peeled and sliced

4 Tbs. honey

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2/3 C. rolled oats

1/3 C. flour

2/3 C. packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2-qt. baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare the apples and put them in the baking dish. Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle over apples and bake 30-35 minutes.

More Heart Smart Dessert Recipes:

Guilt-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Torte

Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Summertime Delight Watermelon Sorbet

Heart Smart Recipes Hints & Videos

Grilled Tuna for an Outdoor Meal

A Hearty and Healthy Lunch

Lemony Salmon Dinner

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