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Breakfast is important, right? The majority of us have been reminded of this fact for most of our lives. If it’s true what they say, and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then we better start making the most of this crucial meal. These are some of my favorite heart-smart breakfast recipes from Prevention.com.

1. Low Fat Frittata with Smoked Salmon and Scallions

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Image via Prevention.com

2. Cocoa-Espresso Waffles

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Image via Prevention.com

3. Tex-Mex Breakfast Sandwich

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Image via Prevention.com

4. Baked Apple Oatmeal

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Image via Prevention.com

Check out the full list of heart-healthy breakfast recipes at Prevention.com now.

Have a great weekend, and remember to start smart!

Southern friends–is it hot outside, or is it hot? That Georgia heat has certainly made itself known this summer and I can’t think of a better way to keep cool and stay full than by drinking some delicious heart-healthy smoothies.

Finding this list of smoothie recipes at Everyday Health has been a huge relief.

1. Blueberry + Avocado

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Images via Everyday Health

2. Acai Berries + Chia Seeds

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Image via Everyday Health

3. Greek Yogurt + Raspberry + Cocoa

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Image via Everyday Health

4. Papaya + Blueberry + Carrot Juice + Orange Juice

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Image via Everyday Health

5. Pomegranate Juice + Blueberry

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Image via Everyday Health

Check out the complete list of heart-healthy smoothie/juice recipes at Everyday Health now. What are some of your favorite summer smoothies this year?

Cooking Light has done it again! Here are some of my favorite heart-healthy recipes for pork.

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Images via Cooking Light

1. Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce

2. Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears

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Images via Cooking Light

3. Grilled Pork with Blackberry-Sage Sauce

4. Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Orange and Red Onion Salsa

Check out the full list of heart-healthy entrees at Cooking Light now.

Enjoy!

Sometimes the most challenging part of eating healthy is knowing what to buy, which is why I am sharing this list heart-smart grocery list that I found over at Best Health Magazine online. Here are a few items you should add to your grocery list right now. Your heart will thank you!

1. Unsweetened oatmeal
2. Whole-grain quinoa
3. Whole-grain brown rice
4. Bell peppers

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Image via Best Health Magazine

5. Carrots
6. Winter squash
7. Sweet potatoes
8. Kale
9. Spinach
10. Swiss chard
11. Red grapes

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Image via Best Health Magazine

12. Apples
13. Low-fat popcorn
14. Dark chocolate

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Image via Best Health Magazine

15. 100 percent orange juice
16. Green or white tea
17. Rainbow trout
18. Pork tenderloin (Speaking of pork, look out for some heart-healthy pork recipes coming soon!)
19. Lentils
20. Extra-virgin olive oil
21. Walnuts

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Image via Best Health Magazine

22. Flaxseed
23. Curry powder/turmeric
24. Oregano
25. Low-fat yogurt
26. Skim milk

Read the full post over at Best Health to learn more about how and why these foods are good for your heart. I hope that these posts have been beneficial to you and your health. I will be sharing more heart-healthy recipes this week, so be sure to check back here regularly.

Four months ago I started the series “The Best Gardening Books” to share some of my favorite gardening reads with all of you. Since then, I have shared a total of five books, from Carolyne Roehm’s Flowers to Nicolai Bergmann’s Florescence. With only two books left to share, I thought it was time to finally introduce you all to this little gem–Private Gardens of Georgia by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost.

The Best Gardening Books: "Private Gardens of Georgia" by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost

The stunning gardens captured by Erica George Dines are truly something to see for yourself. Flipping through the pages and seeing the private gardens photographed in this book is like being invited on a secret tour of some extraordinary world.

The Best Gardening Books: "Private Gardens of Georgia" by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost

The Best Gardening Books: "Private Gardens of Georgia" by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost

So much beauty, so much lush!

What are some of your favorite gardening books? I am always looking for new ones to add to my shelf.

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

As promised, beefy goodness galore…

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Images via Cooking Light

1. Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast

2. Beef and Beer Chili

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Images via Cooking Light

3. Roasted Flank Steak with Olive Oil-Herb Rub

4. Grilled Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Avocado-Lime Salsa

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend, but don’t forget to treat your ticker right!

In my search for all things heart-healthy, I found this fantastic list of recipes via Cooking Light. Today I am sharing some of their recipes for chicken, and tomorrow I will be back to share some drool-worthy recipes for beefy goodness.

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1. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches

2. Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

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Images via Cooking Light

3. Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

4. Sesame Brown Rice Salad with Shredded Chicken and Peanuts

Bon appetit, and have a great rest of the week!

Sometimes eating three meals a day is simply not enough. That’s why some extremely smart individual invented snacks.

Sneaking snacks doesn’t have to make you feel guilty, though. Here are some heart-healthy solutions for spontaneous snack cravings throughout your day.

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Images via Food Network

1. Hummus Dip

2. Pizzettes with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto

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Images via Food Network

3. Kale Slaw

4. Whole-Grain Biscuits

For more heart-healthy recipes, check out my previous posts for dinner and dessert ideas now. Be sure to visit Food Network for a complete list of their heart-healthy recipes too.

Enjoy!

Yesterday I shared 4 Recipes for a Healthy Heart with all of you. I hope that the post proved that heart-healthy eating doesn’t have to be one flavorless meal after another. If anything, taking the time to choose ingredients that are better for your heart makes eating the meals you prepare that much more enjoyable because you know you won’t regret it later.

That being said, which part of a meal should always be enjoyed and never regretted? Desserts, of course! Here are a few recipes I found at Health.com for some heart-healthy desserts.

6 Recipes for a Healthy Heart: Desserts

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1. Mocha Phyllo Cups

2. Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

6 Recipes for a Healthy Heart: Desserts

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3. Quick Baked Pears

4. Cinnamon Streusel Crisps

6 Recipes for a Healthy Heart: Desserts

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5. Cantaloupe Sherbert

6. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Check out the full list of heart-healthy dessert recipes at Health.com, and then meet me back here tomorrow!

Have a sweet week!

Gardening has and always will be my passion, however, even stronger than my love for gardening is the love I have for this man right here.

My Superman | Carmen Johnston Gardens

Recent events concerning my husband’s health have inspired me to share some heart healthy recipes instead of my usual garden-related posts. The last few weeks have been difficult, to say the least, but Tommy’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. A healthy heart is so important, which is why we want to start taking better care of ours.

Real Simple has an amazing list of heart-healthy recipes that I can’t wait to try. I just had to share some of my soon-to-be favorites.

4 Recipes for a Healthy Heart

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1. Vegetarian Tacos with Goat Cheese

2. Pork Tenderloin with Cabbage and Apple Slaw

4 Recipes for a Healthy Heart

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3. Salmon and Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette

4. Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower

I hope our story–(which I plan to share in full detail later on)–will inspire you to evaluate your own health. Simply changing your diet can make all the difference. Be sure to visit Real Simple for their complete list of heart-healthy meals, and then check back here tomorrow for even more recipes as well.

Have a great week!

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