Ascension St. Vincent dietitian shares recipes for heart-healthy holiday cooking – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The holiday season is filled with delicious food, but for people following a heart-healthy diet, it can be hard to find recipes that are both delicious and health-conscious.

Adriane Geesaman, registered dietitian at Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center, stopped by Daybreak on Tuesday to share delicious recipes that are also good for your heart.

The recipes are part of a 20-recipe cookbook that Geesaman and other members of the heart center’s dietary team put together to mark the facility’s 20th anniversary.

One of Geesaman’s go-to recipes in the cookbook is from a Mexican quinoa cookbook. She says it’s a recipe that’s good all year round and as a starter during the holidays.

“It’s a great vegan dish. Beans, quinoa, corn – it’s all packed with fiber and nutrients. It’s also really delicious,” Geesaman said. “You can serve it with avocado, you can also serve it with lime, as a garnish.”

For heart-healthy eaters with a bit of a sweet tooth, Geesaman recommends whole-wheat banana bread.

“It’s really good and also easy to set up when you’re short on time during the holidays. It’s made with whole wheat flour and I’ve also added nuts for heart-healthy fats and fiber. It’s made with olive oil — those oils that are liquid at room temperature are lower in saturated fat and a bit more heart-healthy,” Geesaman explained.

Geesaman says most recipes in the cookbook use ingredients people already have in their kitchen — and there are plenty of opportunities to replace fresh foods with canned and frozen versions.

“We don’t like to label foods as bad dieters, but it’s all about portion control. To make the substitution is to make something a little more heart-healthy, especially if you follow these restrictions during the holidays,” Gessaman said.

For more heart-healthy recipes, use the download link above or visit the Ascension St. Vincent Google Drive download page.

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