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February 2010 eRecipes

Posted on 06/11/2010 at 04:20 PM by Madhu Gadia

February 2010
American Hearth Month

This has been one of the most brutal winters in Iowa that I can remember. Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow today, it seems like we’re in for at least a few more weeks of chilly weather. So until the snow and ice melt away, I’ll keep eating hot oatmeal, drinking tea, and cuddling up next to the fireplace – all of which are good for the heart.

Tips for a Healthy Heart: There are several factors that affect your heart health, such as your genes, physical activity, food choices, and how you handle stress. Although you cannot change your genes, you can make sure that you exercise regularly, make healthy food choices, and manage stress. For more information about heart disease, go to the website Center for Disease Control and Prevention/heartmonth.

A heart-healthy diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. And, if you eat animal products, you should eat low-fat dairy products, and lean meat, poultry, and fish in limited quantities. Also, the diet should be low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. For more information on a heart-healthy diet go to the American Heart Association website.

Pride and Joy: I’m thankful that great reviews for The Indian Vegan Kitchen continue to pour in. The VegNews magazine gave the book two thumbs up; “this all-vegan resource will prove itself indispensable in your culinary journey.” And Gail Davis on says, “This is a lovely book filled with exotically inspired recipes that will bring a great deal of eating pleasure to both vegans and non vegans alike.” If you see any other reviews for the book, please email me!

Get Help and Support: If you need help with individualizing your diet, please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation (by February 15th), or see your local dietitian. Dietitians are nutrition experts who assess your special nutritional needs and discuss appropriate solutions. They individualize your health plan, one that is right for you and your lifestyle, and provide continued support as needed. Just remember, we all need help sometimes. For more information go to and click on consultant.

February Recipes: The good news is eating healthy is easy, for fish, beans, and spices are all tasty and good for the heart. Fish and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3 rich foods such as fish, at least two times a week. Whole grains and beans are high in fiber and help reduce cholesterol levels. And did you know that spices are loaded with antioxidants. They are believed to protect the heart from free radicals that cause damage to the cells.
Enjoy these easy, delicious, and heart-healthy recipes:

Fish with Zucchini (Machhi aur Lauki)
Ginger-Spinach Pink Lentils (Adrak-Palak Dal)
Flaxseed Flatbread (Flaxseed Roti)

Make 2010 your healthiest year ever by making sure you concentrate on eating healthy, managing your stress, and being physically active! And if I can help you with your health goals, contact me for a free 15-minute consult. It’s a limited time offer, so make sure to set up an appointment by February 15th.

Happy and Healthy Cooking!
Madhu Gadia

Refer Me and Earn up to $200: Do you know an event planner or wellness coordinator in your organization or community who hires health-related speakers? If you connect me to a person who books me to speak, I’ll pay you $200 (or an equal donation to your favorite charity)! Speaking topics and flyer information.

Or ask a cooking school to invite me to teach an Indian cooking class in your area. If you connect me to a person who books me for a cooking class, you can attend the class for free (I will pay your registration to the class). For more information go to Cooking Classes.

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