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Stroke

July 3, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: high blood pressure, Salt, Sodium, stroke

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Stroke

My granddad was in his 80’s when he had a stroke. It affected his ability to carry on a conversation, and he started to forget who family members were.   

Granddad’s post-stroke care was more than grandma could handle and he had to leave their home on the farm for a care-home in town. Strokes can hit a family hard. While stroke is more common in those over 65 years of age, anyone, even children, can have strokes. According to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. It is often called the “silent killer” because we can’t feel when our blood pressure is high.  About one in five (20%) of Canadians have high blood pressure. + MORE

Mediterranean Roasted Beef and Veggies

July 1, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: beef, Dinner

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Mediterranean Roasted Beef and Veggies

Makes 6 servings, with leftovers

This colorful, nutrient-rich dinner cooks all at once, for minimal fuss. Serve with cooked couscous, quinoa, rice or pasta.

Preheat oven to 275°F (140°C)
Need a rimmed baking sheet, lined with foil, foil greased and heavy ovenproof sauté pan or skillet with rack

INGREDIENTS:

vegetable cooking spray6 cloves, garlic peeled + MORE

Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup

July 1, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: lunch, soup

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Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup

Makes 6 to 8 servings

This soup not only offers great flavor, but the colours and textures are attractive as well. Roasting intensifies the flavours of the vegetables

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C)
Need a rimmed baking sheet, lined with foil

INGREDIENTS:

5 cups bite-size cauliflower florets4 tsp canola oil, divided + MORE

Pinto Bean Tortilla Soup

July 1, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: lunch, soup, low sodium

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Pinto Bean Tortilla Soup

This hearty, warming soup is a delicious way to get some great soluble fiber from beans. It's perfect for a cold Canadian winter weeknight supper. Make the soup on the weekend and reheat it to serve during the week.

Makes 8 servings
Need a rimmed baking sheet and food processor or blender + MORE

Spicy Orange Chicken by Jessie Kear

July 1, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: Dinner, low sodium, chicken

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Spicy Orange Chicken by Jessie Kear

This 1970's recipe originally called "Irene's Spicy Chicken" was part of a recipe exchange between students in Montreal. Jessie has spiced it up and reduced the fat to satisfy the more adventurous palate and the healthy lifestyle of the 21st century. It smells wonderful while it's cooking and the taste is fantastic!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Makes 8 servings + MORE

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