Dash Diet Guidelines: Delicious DASH Flavours: The proven, drug free, doctor recommended approach to reducing high blood pressure

by Su

Delicious DASH Flavours: The proven, drug free, doctor recommended approach to reducing high blood pressure
Author: Sandra Nowlan
Reviewed by Su

Until I bought this book I had never heard of Sandra Nowlan, but I've since found out she is an award winning cook and food scientist. I was looking for an all purpose cookbook with some recipes that would help me lower my blood pressure, so really I just selected this book randomly – but I'm so glad I did! It is perfect for anyone who wants to lower their blood pressure, or eat less sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.

I did know that the DASH diet is one of the best diets for people suffering with hypertension, but until I read up about it I had no idea what it involved. I need not have worried, it is all very simple - it is just a healthy eating plan that places emphasis on foods which are low in saturated fats and cholesterol, and high in whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. It is common sense eating really, and if you follow the diet properly you can see improved blood pressure results within two weeks which can easily be maintained by continuing to follow the plan.

However, I didn't want my meals to be boring, which is another reason I chose this book in particular. Nowlan has taken recipes from some of Canada's top chefs and has modified them to be heart healthy. So there are low fat versions of some classic dishes, such as Coq au Vin, Fettucini Ala Marinera, Scallops Napoleon and even a delicious low fat Blueberry Lassi drink. I use recipes from this book once or twice every week and it is one of the most used cookbooks in my kitchen.

The book offers a lot of choice as well, there are over 100 recipes, from appetizers through to desserts. Illustrated with lots of colorful photos, the recipes are incredibly easy to follow. There is also a weekly menu plan, and a helpful section called "The Nitty Gritty on DASH". This shows you how the DASH diet fits in with Canada's Food Guide in terms of the recommended daily servings of vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and meat.

DASH is a perfect (and medically proven) dietary approach to stop hypertension – these recipes make it delicious while still keeping it simple! This book comes highly recommended.
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