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Gifts of the Heart

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Catalog No:
150
ISBN: 
978-0962047-114
Gifts of the Heart
Author: 
Linda Hachfeld, MPH, RDN

An illustrated gift book showing how to present heart-healthy food gifts for any occasion. 

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Gifts of the Heart is an unique little cookbook that marries attractive gift-giving with delicious heart-healthy recipes.  This charming 68-page book is chocked full of over three dozen recipes for breads, beverages, cakes, cookies, preserves, sauces and soups to make for your next celebratory gathering or to give to that special person on your list.  Gifts of the Heart is a superb collection of comfort-food but good-for-your-heart recipes with contemporary ingredients that will make anyone proud of the results.

 

"We used Gifts of the Heart as a gift for each of our volunteers to thank them for their contributions; plus served a couple of the recipes at the Benefit.  Our volunteers love and treasure their book!"

-P. Garvey, Cardiac Rehab Center
Mercy Hospital 

You'll want to try recipes such as: Whole-Wheat Orange Monkeybread, Caraway Cheese Swirl, Creamy Caramel Sauce, Hazelnut Meringues, and Friendship Bean Soup Mix. Directions on how to make various Herbed Vinaigrettes.

 

 
 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award (National Book Award) Cookbook Winner!
  • Soft, puffy cookies that are sure to please the child in each of us!

    Makes:  6 dozen cut outs

    1 cup soft-tub vegetable margarine
    1½ cups sugar
    1 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt
    ½ cup frozen egg substitute, thawed or 4 large egg whites
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    5 cups all-purpose flour
    2½ teaspoons baking powder
    1¼ teaspoons baking soda

    Cream the margarine and sugar, add yogurt and egg substitute.  Mix well.  Add flavoring; gradually add dry ingredients to the batter.  Mix well working in the flour.  Chill thoroughly.

    Roll dough ¼" thick on very lightly floured board.  Use minimum of flour.  Sprinkle with colored sugar, raisins, snowflake, cinnamon or sequin decors and bake.  Cookies can also be baked plain and decorated with icing when cooled.  Oven: 375oF.  Time: 6-8 minutes

    Nutrient Analysis: 1 cookie;  62 Calories, 1.5 g Fat, 0 g Cholesterol, 102 mg Sodium

    Exchange: 1 fruit

  • Great with soup, salad or as a snack

    Makes:     18    4" twists

    1 loaf frozen whole-wheat or white bread dough, thawed
    ½ cup onion, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
    Vegetable cooking spray

    Let dough rise until doubled in size.  Roll out on lightly floured surface to an 18 x 10" rectangle.  Sprinkle with onion and cheese.  Fold in half.  Seal ends.  Cut dough into 1-inch wide strips about 4 inches in length.  Twist strips three times and place on sprayed baking pans.  Cover.  Let rise 30 minutes in a warm place.
    Oven: 400oF.  Time: 12-15 minutes

    Nutrient Analysis: 1 twist; 64 Calories, 1 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 82 mg Sodium

    Exchange: 1 bread

Linda is a registered dietitian who has served the profession of dietetics in clinical, administrative and research capacities. Recognized by the Minnesota Dietetic Association (RYDY Award) and regional publishing industry (MBA Distinguished Service Award), Linda also received the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Public Health (US DHHS) and a Governor's Certificate of Commendation for Community Health Promotion (MN). She has been a volunteer with the American Heart Association for 18 years and is thrilled that the Women & Heart Disease curriculum she co-authored is still used today by the Speakers Bureau, Northwestern AHA Office. 

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Mankato State University; a Credential of Advance Studies in Health Services and her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Nutrition Administration from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. 

She founded Appletree Press in 1989 with an emphasis on bringing forward well-written and useful books focusing on good health, cooking and nutrition. She is an experienced speaker on writing and publishing issues as well as on nutrition.  She has been widely quoted, interviewed and has written articles in publications including: ADA Competitive Edge, Minnesota Women's Press, Business Connection, Successful Business, Redbook Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Health Confidential and the Environmental Nutrition Newsletter.

Every season brings new occasions for celebration, from birthdays and anniversaries to graduation open houses and holiday gatherings.  Special events call for special foods and unique gifts to mark the moment and what better way to do that than with a book that combines the special with the heart-healthy.

Gifts of the Heart is a unique little cookbook that marries attractive gift-giving with delicious heart-healthy recipes.  This charming 68-page book is chocked full of over three dozen recipes for breads, beverages, cakes, cookies, preserves, sauces and soups to make for your next celebratory gathering or to give to that special person on your list.  Gifts of the Heart is a superb collection of old-fashioned, good-for-your-heart recipes with contemporary ingredients that will make anyone proud of the results.  You'll want to try recipes such as: Whole-Wheat Orange Monkeybread, Caraway Cheese Swirl, Creamy Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and Friendship Bean Soup Mix.

Printed on recycled linen paper, Gifts of the Heart is filled with beautiful original artwork illustrating suggestions for dressing up recipes as gifts.  All recipes meet the American Heart Association's guidelines and have Diabetic Exchanges, making them as practical and healthful as they are tasty and easy.

In addition, Gifts of the Heart is the recipient of the national book award, the Benjamin Franklin Merit Award for Excellence in Health and Wellness.  This meritorious award recognizes credible content, editorial and design excellence. 

 

Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart and blood vessel system, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, rheumatic heart disease and angina (chest pain).  A heart attack happens when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart.  A stroke results from lack of blood flowing into the brain or bleeding within the brain.

Factors that put you more at risk of getting heart disease are: cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity and being overweight.  There are other factors that cannot be changed, such as age and race.  Black women are 24 percent more likely to die of coronary heart disease than white women and their death rate for stroke is 83 percent higher.

Cardiovascular disease is the top killer in America, but there are things you can do to decrease your risk of the disease.

Heart Healthy actions include:

  • Exercise:  this helps to control blood pressure, take off extra pounds, lessens a diabetic's need for insulin and boosts the level of "good" HDL-cholesterol.  Other benefits are improved physical appearance, increased alertness, more energy and agility.
  • Quit smoking: the first year after stopping smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease drops sharply.
  • Eating a`la heart: Recipes low in fat and calories such as the ones found in Cooking a`la Heart help take off extra pounds and reduce high blood cholesterol levels.  Cooking a`la Heart encourages you to eat a variety of foods to receive the 50 nutrients recommended by nutritionists to stay healthy. It is recognized that good nutrition is the result of long-term eating patterns.


"Eating healthfully is neither difficult nor boring.  Nor is it a life of deprivation and self-denial.  Rather as diners who follow the guidelines, recipes and menu plans of Cooking a`la Heart are destined to discover, healthful eating is a stimulating trip into new and familiar taste sensations that can help to keep you enjoying good food for many more years than you otherwise might."

Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist
The New York Times

"With our best interests at heart... 'Gifts' is a tidy collection of foods fit for entertaining and holidays, all trimmed of fat, salt and sugar."

Eleanor Ostman, Food Editor
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"We've used Gifts of the Heart as a gift for each of our volunteers to thank them for their contributions.  They loved their book!"

P. Garvey, Cardiac Rehab
Mercy Medical Center

"At a Christmas tea, we made some of the recipes from the book for our employees and received raves....many could not believe these were heart-healthy treats."

J. Colby-Spence
Pioneer Hybred, International

"Trying to come up with incentives can be difficult and we used this wonderful little book as a marker for logging in exercise minutes.  The participants worked hard to get this book once they had a chance to review it.  It was one of the best incentives ever!  The price was great."

N. Sturm, Coordinator
Get Fit Program, St. Joseph's

"What a nifty book!  I use it for heart-healthy, diabetic and wellness gift baskets and everyone likes the onion twists, tea ring, cocoa mix and cookie stacks I make from the book.  Recipients love having the book included in their basket, too."

BJ Hyden, Decorator
Gift Baskets by Design