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Delicious heart healthy recipes are as good for your heart as they are for your taste buds! This website features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Along with heart healthy recipes from cuisines around the world, there’s plenty of information about food shopping, cooking, and eating healthfully for the entire family. Staying healthy can be a challenge, but lifestyle changes like making the move to heart healthy eating can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions.

Our Recipe for Success

Healthy: These 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. Recipes are also limited in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium. 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: A Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a James Beard Foundation award-winning registered dietitian created most of the recipes exclusively for the NHLBI. These recipes are featured in two cookbooks, Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners and Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. 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.