Cardiologist Notes

Adding Some Flavor to your Fiesta!

Do you remember the game where you pick four people – living or historical figures – and invite them to your dinner party? Usually, the question that most people stumble over concerns which four individuals they would pick. But let’s say you have Pablo Picasso, Cleopatra, Mark Twain, and Muhammad Ali together at your dinner table. What type of food are you serving them? What masterpiece of a meal are you going to cook up to dazzle the palates of Ray Charles, Alexander the Great, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Groucho Marx?

You Know the Drill: Be Safe When You Grill!

When the sun is dipping below the western horizon and a cool breeze is whistling through the trees, there’s really nothing better than biting into something that’s fresh off the grill. Burgers, brats, steaks, lamb chops, salmon, vegetables, fruit – you name it, they all are tasty titans of summer cuisine. As the temperature outside goes up, so do the flames of grills on patios all over the country. Grills are universally popular for their practicality, their versatility, and the distinctly roasted flavors they are able to bring out of meats, vegetables, and fruits.

Hitting the Trails

Escaping to the great outdoors at the blink of an eye is truly one of the most wonderful advantages of living in the Rocky Mountain region. Pristine peaks, bubbling creeks, peaceful lakes, abundant flowers and wildlife, cool air – the Rockies are truly a hiker’s paradise, and taking some time to step away into nature is one of the best ways to spend a summer day. No matter what region of the country – or the world – you hail from, summertime is prime time for hiking and backpacking.

Dessert for a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Some of the gifts summer bestows upon us are truly magnificent. Warm weather, sunny skies, gold mines of daylight, outdoor adventures, cascades of color, and cuisine so delicious that you’d go to the moon and back just for a taste. Flowers smell their sweetest, trees shine their greenest…and dessert tastes its divinest! Take a moment and think about it – what’s better than losing yourself in the warm breeze of a summer evening under the stars with good company? How about losing yourself in a savory spoonful of frozen yogurt under the stars with good company!

Sensational Summer Smoothies

Smoothies are every bit as much a part of summer as sunshine, cookouts, and mowing the lawn. Jam-packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and a supernova explosion of sweetness and diverse taste, smoothies take the blue ribbon for refreshing snacks to beat the summer heat. Nutritious with a boundless constellation of fruity flavor – what’s not to love? Unfortunately, not all smoothies are created equal. While the dense concentration of fruits and their respective nutrients may sound like a straight avenue to a healthy snack, there are some important things to keep in mind.

Ask the Cooking Cardiologist: Fishing for Answers About Fish Oil

Steven from Colorado asks the Cooking Cardiologist:

I am a recently diagnosed 60 year-old who has been taking 1 gram of fish oil for the past 4 years. It really has helped control my cholesterol and other lipids. I am also on 2 meds for hypertension and now metformin for diabetes. Recently, my Doctor told me to start a low dose aspirin (81mg) daily to prevent heart attack and stroke. My question: can I safely continue taking the fish oil 800mg Omega3’s (400epa, 300dha, 100 other omega3’s) along with the aspirin? Is fish oil a blood thinner too?

Watermelon and Shrimp - The Unlikely Dynamic Duo

Sometimes in the culinary world, taking a few steps off the beaten path and combining curious ingredients can unlock some exceptionally edible enigmas. When it comes to creating food dishes, occasionally square pegs will fit in round holes and pigs will grow wings and fly. Combinations like strawberries and black pepper, chocolate and chili, or peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, sound like recipes for disaster at first glance – but they are actually delectable dynamite when they are put into practice.

Shake Up Your Summer and Pump Up the Protein!

There are some people who adamantly claim that Mother Nature plays her sweetest tune in the month of June, and if you’ve ever spent any time in the Rocky Mountains during June, it’s tough not to agree. Blue skies, cool breezes, blooming flowers, and more daylight than you know what to do with make June primetime to be outdoors and active. With that said, it’s already been a scorcher of a spring in the West, and temperatures are only jumping higher and higher as summer grows nearer and nearer.

Hiking and Grilling Trout: The Perfect Heart-Wise Summer Combo

Hiking and Grilling Trout: The Perfect Heart-Wise Summer Combo

Summer is here! That means it is time to get outside, fire up those grills, and get ready for a season of grilling all kinds of delectable creations (and you might have guessed that I prefer those creations that are full of fresh vegetables and fresh fish).  Always remember to maker sure your grill is ready for the season, and you can do this by following my healthy grilling tips.

Avocado: A Bad Boy Turns Good

Avocados were once securely on the list of foods to avoid just because of their fat content, but new research has shown that the green cream of the avocado is chock full of good fat. Which is good news for everybody who loves his or her guacamole (for those who don’t know, guacamole — pronounced gwah-kah-MOH-lee—is a traditional Mexican dip and garnish featuring avocados and salsa, and sometimes sour cream). On the grill, avocado takes on a delicious smoky flavor, making it a savory appetizer.