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As the 53rd anniversary of American Heart Health Month comes to a close, I figured we could sit down and share one more virtual, heart-healthy, meal – what’d ya say?
And, on the menu we have turmeric and cumin rubbed salmon with a sauteed 3-pepper quinoa salad and blueberry oatmeal cookies for dessert – talk about a spread eh?!
As I’ve shared on here before, watching my dad lose his long, hard, struggle with congestive heart failure wasn’t easy. There were so many questions, so many what-if’s, so many should’ves-could’ves-would’ves. And those kinda thoughts can wreak havoc in anybody’s head.
So, back then, to quell those thoughts, I embarked on a journey to learn all I could find out about heart health. After all, knowledge is power – right?
Now, I didn’t resort to learning about my ticker in quite the way German surgeon Werner Forssmann (1904-1979) decided to do. That chap resorted to examining the inside of his own heart by threading a catheter into the vein in his arm and pushing it 20 inches and into his heart! Yikes! Even though his experimentation lead to the invention of cardiac catheterization (which happens to be a common procedure now), I figured I’d stick to books and web sites. I have a daughter I want to stay healthy for and I figured learning and implementing little changes could maybe lead to reaping benefits down the road.
I’ve always loved working out and eating my veggies – because a good sweat and whole foods always helped me keep my mind de-cluttered. But, the more I read, the more I started to realize the importance of heart healthy foods such as salmon, walnuts, blueberries, red, orange and yellow veggies, and broccoli and CoQ10 supplementation.
CoQ10 supports heart and vascular health and its levels decline with age and increased stress levels, and that’s where Qunol Ultra CoQ10 comes into play. Qunol Ultra CoQ10 is 100% Water and Fat Soluble and essential for energy production.
And now, back to this meal – this is three recipes in one (I happen to pick up all the ingredients for this meal as well as get my supply of Qunol Ultra CoQ10 at my local Kroger store).
• There’s simple and so delightfully tasty, turmeric and cumin rubbed salmon with just a bit of salt and pepper.
• Then there’s this sauteed quinoa salad with red, orange and yellow bell peppers, broccoli florets, plenty of garlic, ginger and onions that’s topped with walnuts and raisins. This warm veggie quinoa salad doesn’t have a ton of spices but the veggies and onions and garlic and ginger jive so well together – this also happens to be one dish that improves with time and tasted better the day after!
• And, to finish everything off are these scrumptious, flourless, blueberry oatmeal cookies. These cookies are gluten free (provided the oats are certified gluten free) and contain no butter. And, with coconut sugar, they won’t make your blood sugar spike too high either. My daughter and I enjoyed these cookies for breakfast too. My daughter isn’t even a huge fan of dried blueberries, but she loved these cookies!
Apparently I made a ton of each of these as my daughter and I enjoyed leftovers for three days!
Even though Heart Health Month is coming to a close, there’s no harm in adopting and sticking to a few heart-healthy habits, is there?
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- 4 teaspoons turmeric
- 2.5 teaspoons cumin
- 1 lb salmon
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Parsley to garnish
- 1 cup cooked quinoa ½ cup uncooked quinoa cooked in 1 cup water
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- ¼ cup walnut pieces
- ¼ cup raisins
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- ¾ cup quick oats
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup dried blueberries
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- Mix turmeric and cumin in a bowl and rub onto salmon
- Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper
- Place olive oil into grill pan and place it over a medium flame.
- Add salmon into pan and cook for about 4 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other - till golden brown, garnish with parsley and enjoy.
- Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat
- Add chopped onion into it and stir till onion is translucent and slightly golden not caramelized (about 10 minutes)
- Add garlic and ginger and stir well for about 2 minutes
- Add in chopped red, orange and yellow bell peppers, raisins and broccoli florets and cook another 4-5 minutes
- Season with salt and pepper
- Toss in the walnut pieces and enjoy warm.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Add quick oats, and melted coconut oil to a bowl and mix well.
- Then add in the baking powder, almond flour, coconut sugar, dried blueberries and pinch of salt and stir till well incorporated
- Add in the egg and stir.
- Chill dough for about 20 minutes
- Then, shape into balls, slightly flatten and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
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• 3 Times Better Absorption than regular* CoQ10
*Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized Ubiquinone in oil suspensions in softgels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets.”
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**Form refers to Water and Fat soluble CoQ10. Source: AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey 2016
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