A Cholesterol-Lowering Approach to Food and Exercise

Going Lo-Co Site Redesigned

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I’m delighted to announce that we have just launched a total revamp of the Going Lo-Co blog.

Beyond the new, updated graphics, we redesigned key pages to make the site far easier to use.  Here’s what’s new:

  • The RECIPES page is completely changed.  It’s now organized into food categories to make it easier to find recipes, and the last category on the page includes a few “How-To’s” that I am always searching for. I’ve already found the page far more useful when I’m in the grocery store trying to remember what I need for a recipe;

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Green Sauce!

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If a healthy, easy-to-make sauce that is delicious on just about everything sounds appealing, you must try the ‘Green Sauce’ created by nutrition expert Dana White. (Dana is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and author with a specialty in culinary nutrition, recipe development and sports nutrition. She is the nutrition expert for Food Network.com and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog.)

Dana miraculously reverse-engineered my absolutely favorite food item at a local Venezuelan restaurant, and I have now made this three times since she posted THE Green Sauce recipe on her blog, Dana White Nutrition.

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Blistered Shishito Peppers Instead of Cheese and Crackers

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A heart-healthy, delicious hot appetizer, Blistered Shishito Peppers are often on restaurant menus—but did you know they are a cinch to make at home? (And if you’re like me and don’t care for bell peppers, know that shishitos are delightfully different: a mild, ‘sweet’ pepper, their flavor is not at all like bell peppers.)

At your next dinner party (or just for fun on a weeknight—they are that easy) serve blistered Shishitos as an amazingly easy, delicious, and far heart-healthier alternative to high-fat cheese and crackers.

Available at local farmers markets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s,

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February is American Heart Month – What’s Your Heart Disease Risk?

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February is American Heart Month: do you know your personal 10-year risk of heart disease? And the key factors that elevate heart disease risk?

What’s Your Personal 10-Year Risk of Heart Disease?

You can easily calculate your own 10-year risk of heart disease. In fact, the risk calculator is even available in an app (my cardiologist used his phone to calculate my risk during our last appointment). If you do not already have heart disease, are between 40-80 years old, and have an LDL cholesterol level lower than 190 mg/dL, you can calculate your 10-Year risk of heart disease with an online calculator. 

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Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of the heart-healthiest ways to start your day, but I’ve failed for years to make it my go-to breakfast because even when it’s hot, oatmeal just leaves me cold.

Until now.

Anna Stockwell’s excellent post on epicurious.com’s, How To Make Overnight Oats Without a Recipe (aka in a jar) inspired me to try oatmeal again. Her recipe involved NO cooking, no cleaning, cute mason jars, and she said the healthy chia seeds lend it a tapioca-like texture.

Intriguing.

Especially the chia seeds. First of all, I found it fascinating that they change texture;

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