A 4th of July Recipe…For Heart Health!

As you head into your 4th of July celebrations this weekend, they are probably going to look a little different, to say the least!

So, it won’t be a crowd, and likely won’t be a party (unless you’re practicing quaran-teaming with a few other families, in which case, you all might get together). But there is no reason not to celebrate anyway!

The good news is that you won’t have to dodge all of those party favorite treats that never serve to make you or your tummy feel very good (cupcakes, whipped cream, fried foods, the works).

This year, make a crowd-pleasing dinner to for heart health from pharmacologist, Dr. Lou Ignarro!

Dr. Ignarro was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the human body, and many of its health-protective roles. His goal is to use these discoveries to help eliminate cardiovascular disease. After spending more than 40 years doing basic research, he decided he wanted to bring my message to the world. Although trained as a pharmacologist, he wants each and every person to begin on a natural path to good health.

Try his recipe below!
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Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta with Salmon

The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice per week for the Omega-3 benefits. I enjoy pairing my salmon with whole wheat pasta tossed with a delicious kale walnut pesto sauce and spinach. This is a healthy, satisfying lunch or dinner that also works great as a post-workout meal.

Start to finish: 25 minutes (with pesto already made)

Servings: 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
One 16-ounce package whole wheat or gluten-free spaghetti
4 ounces Heart-Healthy Kale Walnut Pesto<link: Heart-Healthy Kale Walnut Pesto>
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
Four 4-ounce salmon filets
Half a lemon (optional, to squeeze over salmon when finished cooking)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the instructions on how to make this dish come to life, visit Dr. Ignarro’s site.

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