Pros: Well written, thoroughly researched information
Cons: If you want a cookbook this is not what you are getting
While I have never had a heart attack, some of my family members have. When I saw this title “Prevent A Second Heart Attack” by Janet Bond Brill Ph.D., R.D., LDN, I was intrigued as to what this cookbook had to offer. What I found was not a cookbook but a foundational book for healthy eating patterns. The book is laid out in very easy to read chapters. Instead of just telling the reader to drink red wine, for instance, she elaborates on the scientific evidence to support drinking it and the health benefits you can expect. I was more than willing to drink the suggested glass of red wine and savor a bit of dark chocolate every evening to see how it improved my health.
Dr. Brill gets right to the point that eating certain healthy foods will definitely help you prevent a second heart attack, and she has the extensive research cited for you to look up if you want to read more about it. She goes on to outline in great detail eight super foods such as salmon, red wine, and flaxseeds. These sections are why I think this is a fantastic book. Unlike other books, she goes into great detail – 15-pages worth – as to why flaxseed is healthy for you. She then proceeds to show how to incorporate it into your daily diet. This brings me quickly to the menu and recipe section of the book. I am always excited when cookbooks have a menu section. It is nice to see their suggestions for menu pairings. I think this is a valuable tool for beginning cooks. There are only 58 recipes in this cookbook. I was able to try a few of them. These are all pretty basic recipes, and you should be able to find all the ingredients easily in your local supermarket. Each recipe has the complete nutrient breakdown, which I really like to see in any cookbook, especially one that is geared towards healthy eating. As I mentioned earlier, this is not a traditional cookbook. The recipes are relatively basic and limited in number; however, I still highly recommend it because it does provide a great model on which to build a heart healthy diet (and which can guide the selection of other cookbooks and recipes), as well as the thoroughness of her research and the easy to follow sections on heart healthy foods. Besides, I think I feel better having my small serving of red wine and dark chocolate every evening.
Dr. Janet’s Oatmeal, Walnut, and Flaxseed Pancakes
Serve warm, sprinkled with fresh berries, a touch of powdered sugar, and fat-free whipped topping for a real Sunday morning treat (for you and your arteries!).
1 cup 100% whole-wheat flour
½ cup old-fashioned oat flakes, ground
¼ cup ground flaxseeds
¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ¼ cups light soy milk
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 large egg white
Nonstick cooking spray
Powdered sugar, optional
Fat-free whipped topping
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oat flakes, flaxseeds, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another medium bowl, combine the soy milk, syrup, and egg white. Add the soy milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk just until incorporated. Coat a large frying pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat the pan over medium heat. Spoon in four circular pancakes, about ¼ cup each. Cook until the batter bubbles, and then flip with a spatula. Use more cooking spray when necessary. Remove from the pan when golden brown in color. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar, if using; add whipped topping to taste and garnish with fresh berries.
Nutrition Per Serving (2 pancakes)
Cal. 234, Fat 16g, sat fat 0g, cholest. 0mg, sodium 440mg, carbs 35g, diet fiber 7g, sugars 11g, protein 9g