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Understanding what types of heart-healthy foods to incorporate into your diet can be a confusing process. There are many articles online stating that certain foods or diet fads can benefit you; but who’s to know what is real and what isn’t?

Eating healthy on a regular basis is extremely important for good heart-health but overall, your health. Therefore, WebMD published a great article on 21 different types of food that are beneficial to your heart.

Serves 6
Oven 375 Degrees


1/2 cupDried cherries (or raisins if not available)
 Zest of 1 whole orange or lemon
1 cupSugar (or Splenda if desired)
1 tbsp.Flour
1/2 tsp.Ground ginger
1/4 tsp.Salt
3Granny Smith apples, large, peeled chopped (about 4 cups)
6-8 oz.Cranberries, fresh or frozen, cleaned, rinsed, drained
1/2 cupPanko crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs) – use regular if not available
2 tbsp.Brown sugar
1/4 tsp.Ground ginger
2 tbsp.Butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven
  2. Prepare baking pan – use a 10″ quiche
  3. Soak the cherries/raisins if needed, in 1/2 cup warm water for 20 minutes, drain.  Combine them with the fruit zest in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together, sugar/Splenda, flour ginger and salt.
  5.  Into the bowl, stir in the apples, cranberries, and dried cherries/ currants and the zest.
  6. Turn this into the prepared baking pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients.
  8. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit
  9. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and many of the cranberries have popped.

Serve warm alone, or topped with 1/2 cup low-fat frozen yogurt.

Recipes From Our Resident Expert, Marsha Rosen, RD
Here are some heart-healthy recipes provided by Marsha Rosen, RD (Registered Dietitian).

If you have nutrition questions for our dietician, you can email Marsha here…

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When you hear different types of heart-health words, some of them you may be unaware of and some may be confusing to understand. This is why we have put together a list of key-words just for you here:

  1. AED: Automatic External Defibrillator. A portable, user-friendly electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening heart rhythms and, if necessary, permits a shock to be delivered to restore a normal heart rhythm. Also known as simply a defibrillator.

2. Brugada Syndrome: A hereditary disease that is associated with a high risk of arrhythmia causing sudden cardiac arrest.

3. Cardioversion: Delivery of a shock to the heart to interrupt arrhythmias. Paddles on the chest or electrodes placed directly on the heart are used.

4. Dyspnea: Shortness of breath; occurs normally during intense physical exertion or at high altitude.

5. Long QT Syndrome: An inherited heart condition in which a delayed action in the heart following a heartbeat forms an irregular heartbeat. These episodes may lead to palpitations, fainting and sudden death due to ventricular fibrillation.

For more heart-health words, check them out here