Recipes & Nutrition

Low Fat Autumn Pumpkin Bread

Reversing Heart Disease Recipe With Fall right around the corner and it becoming pumpkin season, it seamed fitting to dig out a recipe from our friend Dr. Richard Collins The Cooking Cardiologist. This recipe is adapted from Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish and fits right in with our current heart disease reversal program.  This easy fall recipe is perfect to have with a warm soup.... Read More

Delicious Summer Drinks That Are Good for Your Heart

Heart Healthy Drinks for the Summer We all know the importance of staying hydrated for your health. Especially in the summer and at higher altitudes, keeping your heart healthy is about more than what you eat and how much you exercise. Believe it or not, even what you choose to drink in these hotter months can impact your cardiac health. Thankfully, heart healthy drinks don’t... Read More

Summertime Detox Berry Quinoa Salad

The human body is a marvelously efficient detoxing machine. Give it the right ingredients like a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise and you can keep your body’s systems functioning optimally.  A good detox diet will take out all the harmful ingredients like processed foods, added sugars, and alcohol and will load up on beneficial foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  In this recipe... Read More

Heart Healthy Grilling Tips

Our spring is quickly transitioning into summer. So, we all know that means it is time to fire up the grill! As your local cardiologists we wanted to give you some heart healthy grilling tips. But, before we do that, we have to draw a line in the sand when it comes to grilling. Healthy Grilling: Charcoal versus Gas This has long divided the grilling world.... Read More

Lower Your Calcium Heart Score

As you may know, your calcium heart score is a predictor of coronary disease. Essentially, your score represents the relative amount of plaque in your coronary arteries and your level of risk for heart disease or suffering a heart attack. It is a score of zero to 1000. Typically, a score of more than 400 indicated an increased chance of developing heart disease or suffering a... Read More

Heart Healthy Benefits of Chocolate

Ah…chocolate. Most people love the indulgence of chocolate. Even us heart doctors enjoy a little chocolate now and again. Believe it or not, there is growing evidence that, in moderation, there are some heart healthy benefits of chocolate. Well, at least dark chocolate, which we know most chocolate connoisseurs prefer. When it comes to heart health, we decided to take a look at some of... Read More

Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Heart Health for the Holidays! Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is a holiday where spending time with family and friends (and being thankful for them) is celebrated around an abundance of food. Everyone brings their favorite dish and at the center of it is often a butter-laden turkey! But if you have (or are at high risk for) heart disease, Thanksgiving can... Read More

Low Fat Autumn Pumpkin Bread

Richard E. Collins, MD, The Cooking Cardiologist© Here is an easy fall recipe to have with a warm soup. It is ultra-low fat and cholesterol, but full of delicious fall flavors. No need for real butter on this bread, but apple butter or maple pumpkin butter from Whole Foods would be a perfect topping. The pumpkin bread is not too sweet, but extra honey could be added.... Read More

Red Wine Health Benefits

Red Wine Heart Health: Is It Good for Your Heart?

Red wine is getting a lot of press recently. Our favorite “study” circulating is that a glass of red is equivalent to an hour in the gym. Of course, that study does not tell you what sort of hour long gym workout a glass of wine is equivalent to, but it has led many people to the land of blissful Burgundy workouts. None the less,... Read More

Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

5 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease by Jump-Starting your Metabolism

Understanding Metabolism and Heart Disease When we look at what causes heart disease, weight is a significant factor. And, when it comes to burning fat and losing weight, your metabolism has to be active to burning calories. While a “slow metabolism” is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Your metabolism does influence your body’s basic energy needs as it is the process by which... Read More