Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen (Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil -- Book Review

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (December 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158040331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580403313

In a country where cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing, dietary changes are critical. To this end, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 call for saturated fat intake to be less than 10 percent of total daily calories, replacing those calories with unsaturated fat, and for the use of oils instead of solid fats where possible.


The USDA released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 at the beginning of February. The guidelines, which are released every five years, are calling for lower saturated fat intake to help prevent heart disease. Canola oil has the least saturated fat of any cooking oil, is high in omega-3 fatty acids and its neutral taste and light texture make it perfect for almost any culinary application. Using canola oil in place of butter or other fats is a part of a heart healthy lifestyle.

I had the opportunity to The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen cookbook care of  I don't have diabetes myself, by with a history of cancer and other family health issues, I am always cautious on what I eat.  You will be surprised at how many tasty recipes one can find in diabetes or other disease-related cookbooks.  And, being a health educator myself, I am always on the lookout for great cookbooks and health-related products to try out and share with family and friends.

With all this snow lately, I had the opportunity to try out a dozen recipes in this cookbook.  I didn't tell my husband I was serving him dishes that came out a diabetes cookbook, and he couldn't tell the difference either.  All he kept saying was how good all the food tasted.  And, he was happy to know that I was using canola oil in place of other fatty and unhealthy oils.  A few of my favorite recipes from the book included following:


English Muffin Pile-ups
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
French Toast with Dark Cherry-Pomegranate Sauce


Sweet Spice-Rubbed Chicken
Black bean burgers with Avocado-Lime Mayonnaise,
Jambalaya with Smoked Turkey Sausage and Chicken
Slow Cooker Smoky Pork Buns


Zucchini Boats
Yellow Rice and Red Pepper Tosser
Spicy Corn with Poblano Peppers


Harvest Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Fondue
Homestyle Shortcakes with a Spiced Berry Sauce
Glazed Pineapple-Orange Bundt Cake

If the above names alone didn't get your mouth watering, you need to be seen by doctor ;-)  This cookbook is filled with beautiful color photos of the dishes, and the recipes are easy to follow and execute.  You don't have to be a chef or expert cook to turn out wonderful and healthy dishes for you and your family.  With over 150 recipes, you will not be at a loss when it comes to deciding what to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Just look at some of the dishes you can create from recipes included in this book:

So, what are you waiting for.  Stop by Amazon or your local bookstore today and pick up a copy of The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen cookbook today.  It retails for only $18.95, and worth every penny (Note: Right now Amazon has it for $11.51 

More about the Cookbook and Authors:

The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen is brought to you by the American Diabetes Association and CanolaInfo. ADA is the nation's leading volunteer health organization supporting diabetes research, information, advocacy, and publication of comprehensive diabetes information. CanolaInfo is a nonprofit information source about canola oil. For related information about the cookbook, go to 

Nancy S. Hughes is the recipe developer for The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen. She has created over 4,000 recipes and written 12 cookbooks, including ADA bestsellers The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook, Quick and Easy Low-Carb Cooking for People with Diabetes, and Last Minute Meals for People with Diabetes.

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Disclosure:  I was given a copy of The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen cookbook in order to provide an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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