Recipes & Nutrition

Avocado Papaya Salad Recipe - South Denver Cardiology

Beautiful Skin Inside & Out-Avocado Papaya Salad/Avocado Kiwi Skin Scrub

Richard E. Collins, MD THE COOKING CARDIOLOGIST© The following recipes use the “magic” of the avocado. If your skin looks like the outside of an avocado, then help is on the way. Adding avocados to food recipes and topical applications could result in converting a leathered, dry skin to the smooth avocado “cream” like the inside of the fruit. Please enjoy the avocado papaya salad... Read More

Eat Clean-Spaghetti Squash Pizza Sliders

Richard Collins, MD The Cooking Cardiologist®   Yes, it is time to think about a “naked kitchen”. Go as natural as you can and  Eat Clean in your kitchen without a lot of pantry foods with nutritional labels. This crust uses fresh veggies and the toppings are loaded with fresh veggies too. The crust is gluten free and the options are endless. Here is a... Read More

Brain Food-Salmon with Ginger-Lime Sauce over Sweet Potato Pasta

Richard E. Collins, MD The Cooking Cardiologist What you eat is so crucial to physical and mental health. Diet can play a huge role in saving your brain too.  Research has shown that foods rich in anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, berries and nuts may improve mental performance. Here is a recipe that is full of serious brain food. Want more information on heart and brain health?... Read More

Benefits of the DASH Diet

When it comes to staying healthy, any Denver heart doctor will tell you that diet and exercise are key necessities. If you experience high blood pressure and hypertension, you may have heard of the DASH Diet. The DASH Diet stands for Dietary Approached to Stop Hypertension and has been ranked as the best diet many years in a row. It is considered, among experts that include... Read More

Mexican Margarita Chicken from Cardiologist Dr. Collins

Guilt Free Mexican Margarita Chicken Mexi-Bowl

Yummy Lite Version of Classic Mexican Margarita Chicken When it comes to Mexican food you usually don’t think of it being low fat. It seems that the American version of Mexican food requires a mound of cheese. There are a lot of restaurants that proclaim they have a healthier version of a Mexican dish, but these still may be over 800 calories and full of... Read More

The Benefits of the Mediterranean diet - South Denver Cardiology

Lowering Cholesterol Without Drugs

Learn How to Lower Cholesterol and Your Calcium Heart Score One of the leading indicators when it comes to what causes heart disease is your calcium heart score. Calcified plague is largely the result of cholesterol as well as fat, calcium and other substances in your blood. When it comes to lowering cholesterol, you can do so naturally and without drugs. To help you lower your... Read More

Detox Berry Quinoa Salad

Richard E. Collins, MD THE COOKING CARDIOLOGIST® After the Winter Detox… Time to spring clean. 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... Read More

Lower Your Cholesterol with Smoothie Breakfast Bowls

Smoothie Breakfast Bowls-A Bowl a Day Will Help to Lower Your Cholesterol Richard E. Collins, MD THE COOKING CARDIOLOGIST® Tired of drinking your breakfast in a glass? Then chow down to a breakfast bowl that has texture, fiber and spoonfuls of goodness. The bowl concept creates greater variations to a traditional smoothie. A variety of toppings can be created each day. The difference in the... Read More

No Mess Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

No Mess Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Richard Collins, MD – The Cooking Cardiologist® Here is a simple dish to make without the messy hard-to-clean lasagna pan. After the spaghetti squash has cooked and the squash spaghetti strands have been removed, the squash becomes the lasagna pan. These squash “boats” can be made ahead and baked just before serving. The recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and... Read More

Mango Gazpacho Full of Anti-oxidants

Richard Collins, MD – The Cooking Cardiologist Mango Gazpacho I love spring especially for the fresh start of the produce season. Chilled soups are just perfect for the spring and summer ahead. This chilled soup is a great way to get your fruits and vegetables in a single serving. Originating from the Andalusia region of Spain, traditional gazpacho is made from tomatoes and fresh garden... Read More