Hosted by Susan Feliciano
Group active since Thu, Jun 25, 2015

--- I am a cardiac nurse, and hope to offer recipes and menus here that meet the American Heart Association Guidelines for a heart healthy diet. I realize there are differing opinions on what might be considered heart healthy, but I'm going for the guidelines suggested by the many distinguished cardiologists where I work.
--- Please limit recipes posted to those you consider heart healthy. I will try, as I have time, to review these and make suggestions or modifications in the comments to bring them into line with the guidelines. Please do not take offense if I make changes. There are no "bad" recipes; however, a few substitutions here and there may be all it takes to make a dish something to enjoy for those who must watch their diet in order to protect their hearts - who have conditions such as congestive heart failure, stents, or bypass surgery.
--- If you have a recipe you would like for me to re-make into a heart-healthy version, include it in a discussion or comment and I will address it.
--- Remember, nothing can take the place of your health care professional's advice. This is a group where we can search for recipes that meet our health needs.
Happy Heart-Healthy Cooking!

Susan Feliciano
Aug 19, 2016

Good Friday Morning!

When the solution is simple, God is answering. ~ Albert Einstein

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Susan Feliciano
May 2, 2016

Pot Roast Remake

I thought I would share this recipe, a make-over of traditional pot roast to be a little more heart-healthy, and it works for diabetics, too, because it's low in carbs. Remember, if someone has CHF (congestive heart failure), be sure to look for low-sodium versions of the ingredients.

Sunday Pot Roast with Gravy (for diabetics)

Susan Feliciano
Apr 6, 2016

Cooking in Cast Iron?

How many of you love cooking in cast iron? Does it offer any health benefit over other cookware? I found this interesting web page about 5 Myths of Cooking in Cast Iron, so I thought I'd share it here. It includes cleaning, restoring, and other information. There are also links to other helpful information such as seasoning and how they are made.
By the way, Lodge cast iron cookware is made practically in my backyard!

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Susan Feliciano
Mar 5, 2016

12 Heart Healthy Foods

Some of us have a FitBit, but you don't have to have one to see their list of heart-healthy foods. I agree with all the foods on this list. Blueberries, salmon, walnuts, yogurt, greens, and several more, added to your diet, will boost your heart health. Use them as substitutes for things like doughnuts, pork rinds, too many biscuits, and Hardee's (Carl Junior's) lunches!

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Susan Feliciano
Feb 15, 2016

Apple Butter

I'm sure there are lots of good recipes out there for apple butter.
I like this one, because it gives 3 different methods for cooking it.
The secret is tart apples and long, slow cooking. And it can be used for so many things!
Crockpot Apple Butter
Apples and pork go well together. Apple Butter Barbecued Pork Chops
Always good for desserts! Apple Butter Cookies
This is a very old recipe. Variations of it show up all over East Tennessee, even at the John Rice Irwin Museum of Appalachia: Old-Fashioned Stack Cake with Appalachian Apple Butter Filling
And a variation - if you have pears: Orange Essence Pear Butter
And this bread can be made with pear butter or apple butter:
Pear Butter Nut Bread

Susan Feliciano
Feb 13, 2016


What do you know about Valentine’s Day? Even today it is all about love notes, hearts, candy and even red roses. But did you know that originally it was about celebrating birds' mating season? It’s true, mid-February is when the bird mating season happens in European countries, and so people decided lovers should celebrate love along with the birds!

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Susan Feliciano
Feb 10, 2016

Heart Healthy Drink: Tea

Are you trying to cut calories, sugar, or fats, but still want something sweet at the end of a meal? You'd be surprised how satisfying a hot cup of tea can be. I have discovered Dessert Teas. No, they are not chocolate cake, but just substituting them for dessert a few meals a week could make a big difference in your calorie consumption. This information is from The Republic of Tea.

I have found that The Republic of Tea has a great assortment of Dessert Teas, and I’m sure other tea companies do, too. Tea, in all of its versatility, can make for an exquisite cup of dessert. When blended with unusual ingredients such as coconut, banana, peppermint, and strawberry, tea can take on a whole new identity. The Republic of Tea dessert teas offer a sensual encounter with flavors not often associated with a cup of tea, such as chocolate, vanilla, honey, and mint. My favorite is their Chocolate Tea.
Cuppa Chocolate Tea®
Indulge your craving for chocolate with The Republic of Tea's Cuppa Chocolate Tea® . Reward yourself with the flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries, peppermint chocolate candies and rich slices of cake — all with zero calories.
Our selection of these naturally sweet Cuppa Chocolate Tea® includes combinations that range from caffeine-free tropical essence of ripe banana to classic red velvet cake, finished with the rich flavor of chocolate and rooibos.
Cuppa Cake® Teas
Welcome to The Republic of Tea Bakeshop! Our Cuppa Cake® Teas were inspired by our favorite cake recipes – with rich aromas of baked goods fresh from the oven and decadent, satisfying flavors sure to please any sweet tooth.
Sip the flavors of light chiffon cake speckled with sweet coconut and topped with a creamy lemon icing – all the indulgence without the calories. Old-fashioned Southern yellow cake with homemade caramel vanilla frosting blends with our smooth premium black tea for a flavor that is sure to be a favorite. Try all three flavors!
Vanilla Teas
The exotic vanilla bean adds a decadent twist to many of our teas, sending them soaring to the realm of dessert. Explore this sumptuous combination with our Vanilla Almond Sweeten the Mind Tea, a black tea with the smoothness of Madagascar vanilla beans and notes of nutty almond. Alternatively, try our flavorful, naturally caffeine-free Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea, consisting of rooibos combined with sweet, fragrant vanilla beans.
Honey Teas
Honey adds a delicious and subtly sweet character to fine teas. Experience tea in its most natural state with this delicate 100% White Tea combined with the rich flavor and aroma of honey and mango. This honey-sweetened tea will have you ready for the demands of the week, providing energy and a clear mind.
Mint Teas
Mint comes in many refreshing varieties, such as crisp peppermint and bright spearmint from the Pacific Northwest. When sipped as part of a tea or herb blend, it is often favored for its ability to lift the spirit and inspire the mind. Try our Orange Ginger Mint After-Meal Herb Tea, a lusciously fruity cup incorporating ginger and orange bergamot mint. Ginger is spicy on the tongue, yet soothing to the digestive system, while mint has the power to calm a stormy stomach with sweetness.

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Susan Feliciano
Feb 4, 2016

Heart Healthy Drink: Tea

Tea and Health (from the email series on tea by The Republic of Tea)
Tea has been associated with good health for centuries. Unlike coffee, tea is available in countless variations and flavor profiles, each affording a distinctly pleasurable experience. Even better, tea and many of the herbs used alongside it provide many health benefits. Since tea itself has no calories, it’s a healthy way to treat yourself to an indulgent, flavorful experience without the guilt. There are even natural, calorie-free options when it comes to sweetening your cup.
A Healthy Cuppa
Tea is a great way to give your body what it needs to feel refreshed and renewed. Tea has no calories, but contains several health-promoting compounds such as antioxidants. Blends of tea and herbs can also result in a cup that is uniquely healthful, holistic and even naturally sweetened.
From calorie-free, naturally sweet teas to digestive health teas, The Republic of Tea carries a myriad of options to pamper your body and help you focus on your specific needs. Sweet-tart hibiscus tea, for example, is the perfect addition to a heart-healthy diet.
Naturally Calorie-Free Sweeteners
Herbal alternatives to sugar include rare, sweet hydrangea leaves, Chinese sweet blackberry leaves, licorice root, apples and stevia leaves. They are surprisingly viable sweetening solutions — stevia leaves, for example, are 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. They are even free of calories and carbohydrates, providing a healthy alternative for lovers of sweet tea.
The Republic of Tea carries several varieties of naturally sweetened, zero-calorie teas, such as our Calorie-Free Naturally Sweet Tea, sweetened only with the rare Korean Hydrangea serrata leaf. Blended with premium China black tea, this leaf yields a delectable, sweet cup with no bitter aftertaste. Truly a rare treat, it is delicious hot and is refreshing over ice.
Be Well Red® Teas
The Republic of Tea carries 18 varieties of Be Well Red Teas, providing something for everyone in our line of caffeine-free, organic rooibos-based teas. Red and aromatic, the South African herb rooibos (ROY-boss) is celebrated for its healthful properties and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Each blend is meticulously formulated with beneficial herbs for specific needs. Our caffeine-free Get Lost herb tea includes tropical banaba leaf, cinnamon and carob, which help to satisfy the appetite and assist with controlling cravings. Whether you are looking for clearer skin, want some extra energy or just need to get more focused, we have a Be Well Red Tea designed especially for you.
Biodynamic® and
Non-GMO Teas
Our Biodynamic® teas and herbs are harvested on self-sustaining and self-contained farms that adhere to the principles of biodynamic farming. The cultivation and care for the farm as a whole are evident in the premium quality of these teas.
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Our verified teas are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard and offer a healthful alternative for GMO avoidance.
Weight-Loss Teas
As part of a healthy lifestyle, all teas can play an important role in a weight-loss plan. Tea itself is not only zero-calorie, it can also assist with daily moderation when part of a smart diet.
The Republic of Tea offers several teas intended specifically for weight control and exercise recovery. Sip and Get Active with our all natural, Be Active® teas made from organic green rooibos. Try our Get Burning herb tea — featured in Vital Juice as one of the latest healthy trends to try — a tasty way to increase the body’s metabolism and resistance to stress. This tea stimulates the body without taxing our vital systems.* Or sip our Get Limber herb tea for a blend of herbs noted for helping to reduce inflammation and allow joints, ligaments and muscles to stretch more fully.*

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