Iron Chef Heart-Healthy Recipe Challenge

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  • We Love Your Heart!

    We Love Your Heart!

    The risk for heart disease is a growing health concern, but you don’t have to live in fear—you can do something about it! We challenged you to harness your inner Iron Chef and share your favorite flavorful, low-cholesterol recipe with us on Pinterest, and you accepted!

    Click through the slideshow to see the top three winning recipes and fellow heart-healthy Pinners.

  • First Place: Broccoli Slaw Fish Tacos

    First Place: Broccoli Slaw Fish Tacos

    By Kim Rosenberger

    Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like halibut help keep blood pressure low and cut down your risk for developing blood clots. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least two servings of fish a week.

    Featured ingredients: broccoli, carrots, olive oil, halibut

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 6 minutes
    Total Time: 21 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Second Place: Savory Stuffed Baked Apples

    Second Place: Savory Stuffed Baked Apples

    By Renee Lynn Hagens

    Apples contain soluble fiber. When eaten on a regular basis, soluble fiber helps significantly decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol. Keep the skins on to reap the most heart-healthy benefits.

    Featured ingredients: apples, pecans, and olive oil

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 45 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Third Place: Pistachio Crusted Salmon

    Third Place: Pistachio Crusted Salmon

    By Julie Piper Rayl

    If you like pistachios, you’re in luck. These green little gems are nutrient-rich—especially with heart-healthy fatty acids. Fatty acids promote HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels, which help prevent plaque buildup and a possible heart attack.

    Featured ingredients: salmon, pistachios, olive oil

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Strawberry-Banana Tofu Smoothie

    Strawberry-Banana Tofu Smoothie

    By Jinsong Ni

    Tofu has been identified as a heart-healthier alternative to meats—especially red meat. One month-long study showed that when compared to a lean meat diet, participants who ate tofu experienced a significant decrease in total cholesterol, among other heart health benefits.

    Featured ingredients: strawberries, banana, tofu, soymilk 

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Good-for-You Granola

    Good-for-You Granola

    By Jayne Hanna

    Nuts contain many heart health-boosting nutrients. Unsaturated fats, plant sterols, and fiber lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels. Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate heart rhythms; vitamin E may prevent plaque from developing; and L-arginine helps ward off blood clots by making artery walls more flexible.

    Featured ingredients: oats, pecans, almonds, olive oil

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Middle Eastern-Style Summer Salad

    Middle Eastern-Style Summer Salad

    By Melissa Seipel

    Like oats, barley contains a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. However, unlike some other grains, the entire barley kernel contains beta-glucan. This means that even when processed, its soluble fiber remains intact.

    Featured ingredients: barley, pistachios, garbanzo beans, olive oil

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Pepper Pesto Stack

    Pepper Pesto Stack

    By Marisa Raponi

    Lentils are another great source of soluble fiber. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you can potentially lower your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) by about 1 percent by consuming 1 to 2 grams of the fiber every day.

    Featured ingredients: lentils, almonds, olive oil

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes

    Get the full recipe here.

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