Monday, March 29, 2010

Heart Healthy Monday on Bookvisions

Heart Healthy Web Link: What is your Cholesterol IQ?

Heart Healthy Tip: To help lower your cholesterol, add more dietary fiber to your meals with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. According to James Beckerman, MD, a cardiologist quoted on WebMD, soluble fiber such as oatmeal, barley, and beans absorb cholesterol in your digestive tract.

Heart Healthy Recipe
Italian Bread and Bean Salad

8 slices of Italian Bread ¾ “ thick (or even better, use some really good whole grain bread!)
1 ½ C diced tomato (scoop seeds out)
1 C peeled, diced cucumber
½ C Parmesan Cheese, grated
½ C diced Celery
½ C chopped mild sweet onion
¼ C fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
¼ C fat-free Italian dressing
2 T minced fresh basil
3 T sliced black olives
1 T White Wine Vinegar
1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Cut the bread into cubes and place in a single layer in a large jellyroll pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden. Let cool completely. Combine all of the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving add the bread cubes and toss lightly. Serve immediately.
5 - 2-cup servings
285 calories (15% from fat)

I hope that Heart Healthy Mondays encourage you to take care of your health and heart.  Let me know what you think!


  1. Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

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  2. This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm going to have to look back on all your Heart Healthy recipes now! :D

  3. Thank you Melissa and Suzanne for stopping by on Heart Healthy Monday.


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