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Entertain the Heart-Smart Way with These Savory Starters

Hazelnut Shortbreat BarsThis month marks the 50th anniversary of Heart Month, a designation targeted at increasing awareness of heart disease as a number one killer. And one key element that remains at the heart of good health is good nutrition.

Entertain the heart-smart way with these four healthy and protein-packed appetizer recipes. These quick and easy recipes will show you how to add fresh flavor and crunch to your appetizers and snacks.

1. Mango Chicken Boats with Macadamia Nuts

Whether it’s an impromptu get-together with family and friends or a formal cocktail party, this heart-healthy appetizer will delight your guests.

Ingredients: Shredded cooked skinless chicken, mango, celery, green onions, fresh tarragon, lemon juice, crème fraîche (or sour cream), mayonnaise, salt, pepper, Belgian endive spears, macadamia nuts

For preparation instructions, please visit:
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000112906,00.html

2. Hazelnut Shortbread Bars

With its buttery cookie base and its caramelized pecan pie-like filling, these addictive bars will keep you and your guests coming back for more! To create a gorgeous mosaic effect, chop some of the hazelnuts and leave others whole.

Ingredients: Raw hazelnuts, cinnamon, all-purpose flour, butter, granulated sugar, salt, maple syrup, light brown sugar

For preparation instructions, please visit:
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000124502,00.html

3. Apricots with Basil Goat Cheese and Almonds

Wider and flatter than typical California almonds, Marconas (from Spain) are renowned for their sweetness and richness. Although they are slightly higher in calories and fat than regular almonds, their distinct flavor and texture make them the ideal ingredient for this savory recipe.

Ingredients: Fresh goat cheese, milk, fresh basil, dried apricots (preferably Blenheim), almonds (preferably Marcona or Marchini*), honey

For preparation instructions, please visit:
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000112142,00.html

4. Martina Navratilova’s Energy Balls

The tennis legend tells Sunset that she grabs these protein-filled snacks before and during workouts and matches. Feel free to incorporate any kind of nut that you like—peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans or pine nuts.

Ingredients: Honey, plain soy milk, unsweetened flaked or shredded dried coconut, old-fashioned rolled oats, sesame seeds, nuts (any kind), dried figs

For preparation instructions, please visit:
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001816266,00.html

A healthy diet is an essential element of the Balanced Care Method™ practiced by Home Care Assistance caregivers. This evidence-based method is founded on the scientifically studied lifestyle factors that contribute to a longer and healthier lifespan. Contact us today to learn more about our Balanced Care Method™.
Call 1-866-454-8346 or visit http://homecareassistance.com/balanced-care-method/

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