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It has never been more important to prepare and consume home-cooked meals that can support good health . . . The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners cookbook can help you do just that, easily and efficiently."

—Jane E. Brody, Personal Health columnist, The New York Times

"An imaginative, international cookbook . . ."

—Jonathan LaPook, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Keep the Beat™ Heart Healthy Recipes

Delicious heart healthy recipes are as good for your heart as they are for your taste buds! Staying healthy can be a challenge, but lifestyle changes like eating healthfully and being physically active can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions. The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Eating Web site features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

Recipe for Success

Healthy: These recipes are limited in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and they're  moderate in calories. The recipes use lean cuts of meat, poultry without the skin, fish, beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, small amounts of vegetable oil, and lots of herbs and spices for flavor. When it comes to eating healthy, portion size also matters. The Keep the Beat recipes are designed to provide a satisfying portion, while helping people stay within their calorie limits.

Simple: Many of the main-dish meals take no more than 40 minutes to prepare and cook. Side dishes cook in 30 minutes or less. Ingredients are limited and found in most major grocery stores. Most dishes will appeal to children and adults alike.

Delicious: Most of the recipes were created exclusively for the NHLBI by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a James Beard Foundation award-winning registered dietitian.  These recipes are featured in two cookbooks, Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners and Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals, which was developed in partnership with the NIH We Can!® Program. The remaining recipes come from other popular NHLBI cookbooks—Keep the Beat Heart Healthy Recipes from the NHLBI, Heart Healthy Home Cooking African American Style, and Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes.

Hungry for More

Keep the Beat Recipes Deliciously Healthy Eating provides plenty of information about food shopping, cooking, and eating healthfully for the entire family. It also includes a searchable database of recipes, a list of healthy eating ingredients, definitions on basic cooking and cutting techniques, frequently asked questions (FAQ), and tips for getting children involved in the kitchen.  Other features include online community, videos, tools and resources for supporting organizations, and information for the media.


Recipes use the following abbreviations:

C = cup
lb = pound
oz = ounce
pkg = package
pt = pint
qt = quart
Tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Nutrient lists use the following abbreviations:

g = gram
mg = milligram

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