Monday, February 4, 2013

A Gift For and From the Heart ...

Hi everyone! February is Heart Month and the home of Valentines Day and many of us are beginning to think of Valentine gifts for our loved ones - the traditional chocolates, flowers, lingerie and poetry or more adventurous gifts like exotic cruises or white water expeditions. But what about considering a more long-lasting gift of the heart - like a heart-healthy diet for the whole year?

I love healthy, real food - the way it looks, the way it smells, and most especially, the way it tastes. Last night I made an amazing technicolour red quinoa stew with onions, mushrooms, squash, spinach, slivered almonds and dried figs. Mmmmmm-MMMMM! Gorgeous and delicious and so full of healthy nutrients that one cupful sustained me for the whole evening. I wish my husband had been there to enjoy it with me. Derrick cooked for me for 19 years and I really believe that cooking healthy food for those we love is one of the best ways we can show our love. (Following in his footsteps and learning to make a healthy dinner for myself was quite a transition for the girl whose family once joked that if anything happened to Derrick, Jan would die of a Cheerios overdose!)

Those of you who spend all day caring for others - at work, at home, or both -  may find yourselves  exhausted and stymied when it comes to another week of meal planning. So here is a Valentine gift for each of you - a list of 5 of my favourite healthy-food websites and 5 of my favourite healthy-food cookbooks, each with nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals and beautiful pictures. (It can be a gift to yourself just to spend a few minutes looking at the photographs!)


1.  Healthful Pursuit
2.  Cooking Light
3.  Heart and Stroke Foundation
4.  Food52
5.  The Healthy Foodie


1. Lighthearted Everyday Cooking by Anne Lindsay
2.  Eating For Energy Without Deprivation: The 80-20 Cookbook by Patricia Chuey and Diana Steele
3.  12 Best Foods Cookbook by Dana Jacobi
4.  Start Fresh! Your Guide To Midlifestyle Food and Fitness by Diane and Dr Doug Clement
5.  The LooneySpoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski

So, why not give a Valentine gift that keeps on giving - both to you and to the ones you love? 


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