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Our Favorite Recipes

Good nutrition is a foundation of good health.

Quinoa stuffing with sweet potatoes and herbs

Including healthy foods in daily recipes can help you stay healthy.

Eating a wide variety of nutritious food -- with a rainbow of vegetables and fruit as a foundation -- can prevent chronic disease and help you maintain a healthy weight. Our staff and physicians routinely recommend recipes that are low in sugar and high in nutrients. Cooking healthy doesn't have to be boring or complicated. Sometimes it takes planning ahead, but it can become easier as you develop a healthy recipe routine. The ingredients for a healthy recipe often usually include these basic elements:

Vegetables and fruit

Choose fresh of frozen vegetables and fruits. If canned, make sure vegetables are low-sodium and fruit is packed in juice or water. For a heart healthy recipe, avoid vegetables with creamy sauces, fried or breaded vegetables, fruit packed in heavy syrup or frozen fruit with sugar added.

Whole grains

Grains add fiber and other nutrients to your recipes. Try to choose whole grains whenever possible for pastas and breads.

Lean protein

Some good protein sources -- especially for heart health -- are low-fat dairy products, egg whites, fish, skinless poultry, legumes, soybeans and lean ground meats.

Healthy fats

Try to limit saturated and trans fats. You'll still want to watch how much fat you're cooking with, but go for heart healthy cooking fats, like olive and canola oils. To help you get started, we've compiled some of our best recipes below.