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  • Factors Associated With Elevated Blood Pressure Levels

    Factors Associated With Elevated Blood Pressure Levels

    Your blood pressure levels can be an indication of your health. When your blood pressure reading is elevated, you eventually begin to develop serious health conditions. Getting that normal blood pressure reading can require changing bad habits, reducing stress, and following a healthy lifestyle. There are also other things that may have an effect on […]

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  • Mango Smoothie

    Mango Smoothie

    recipe ingredients2 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt1 cup mango nectar2 mangos, peeled and chopped1/4 tsp. cardomomrecipe directionsAdd all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Add 1 cup of ice cubes and blend till crushed and smooth.

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  • Bruschetta


    recipe ingredients1 (8-oz) loaf French bread2 Tbsp. olive oil3 oz goat cheese, crumbled2 oz neufchatel (light cream cheese)2 tsp. lemon juice1 tsp. snipped fresh sage or oregano or 1/2 tsp. dried sage or oregano1 (7-oz) jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted ripe olives1/2 tsp. olive oilsmall fresh sage or oregano leaves to garnish, optional recipe directionsCut bread into 1/2 inch thick slices (makes about 24 slices). Brush both sides of each slice with the 2 tabl...

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  • Spring Rolls

    Spring Rolls

    recipe ingredients1 lb. chicken tenders2 cups orange juice1/4 cup fresh lime juice2 Tbsp. fish sauce (in Asian specialty section of food mart)1 Tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil2 tsp. grated fresh ginger1 tsp. sugar1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes12 round (8-inch) rice papers (in Asian specialty section of food mart)24 fresh cilantro leaves1/4 lb. peeled jicama, cut into thin strips, divided1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into thin strips, divided4 green onions, sliced, divided recipe directionsCombine chick...

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  • Stuffed Mushrooms

    Stuffed Mushrooms

    recipe ingredients24 large mushrooms, capped1/2 pkg. chopped frozen spinach, cooked & drained1 8-oz. pkg. fat free cream cheese, softened2 cloves minced garlic1/2 cup diced green onion1/2 cup bacon bits recipe directionsRemove stems from mushrooms. Set mushrooms aside. Dice stems and saute with green onion and garlic until tender. Add bacon bits and spinach to softened cream cheese. Fold in sauted onion mixture. Spoon heaping spoonful into each mushroom. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

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  • Smoked Salmon Canapes

    Smoked Salmon Canapes

    recipe ingredients1/4 cup finely chopped green onions1/4 tsp. dried whole dill weed1/8 tsp. ground white pepper1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened1 tsp. fat-free milk16 party slices (1 1/2-inch-square) pumpernickel bread, toasted4-oz. package thinly sliced smoked salmonrecipe directionsCombine first five ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well. Spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture over each slice of bread. Top with one-quarter-ounce salmon.

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  • Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

    Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

    recipe ingredients15 cherry tomatoes1/2 cup 1% lowfat cottage cheese1 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onion1 tsp. chopped fresh chervil or 1/4 tsp. dried chervil1/2 tsp. chopped fresh dill or 1/8 tsp. dried dillweed1/8 tsp. lemon pepperrecipe directionsCut thin slice off bottom of each tomato. Scoop out pulp with small spoon, discarding pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towels to drain. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl; stuff tomatoes with mixture. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate up to ...

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  • Low Fat Hummus

    Low Fat Hummus

    recipe ingredients2 1/2 cups or 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo)2 Tbs. low-sodium broth1 Tbs. lemon juice1/4 tsp. garlic powder1/2 tsp. dry parsley1 tsp. sesame oil1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaiserecipe directionsPut all ingredients in food processor and blend until as smooth as possible. Use a pulse mode if available or frequently stop and scrape down the sides. This may be done with potato masher or fork but is a long, difficult process. Chill until serving time.

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  • Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

    Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

    recipe ingredients3/4 cup fine, dry bread crumbs1 Tbsp paprika40 each whole pickled jalapeno peppers (about 3 jars)1 (8-ounce ) pkg. reduced fat cream cheese, softened1/2 cup low fat cheddar cheese, grated1/2 cup egg substitute recipe directionsCombine bread crumbs and paprika in a small bowl, set aside. Split peppers down one side. Carefully remove seeds and pulp. Combine cheeses. Stuff each pepper with 1 Tbsp cheese mixture. Dip in egg substitute, and roll in bread crumb mixture. Arrange on a ...

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  • Shrimp Bruschetta

    Shrimp Bruschetta

    recipe ingredients6 oz. (about 1 cup) diced, cooked shrimp1 cup shredded fat-free. mozzarella cheese3/4 cup chopped plum tomatoes (about 2 1/2 medium)3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach1/4 cup chopped scallions1 tsp. crushed fresh garlic1 tsp. dried oregano1 long, thin loaf French breadrecipe directionsCombine all ingredients except bread in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside. Slice bread into 24 1-inch slices. Arrange slices on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until cr...

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