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An Easy Heart Healthy Recipe for the Holidays

No Bake Breakfast Bar RecipeDuring the hectic holiday season take time to eat a healthy breakfast by preparing these heart healthy No Bake Breakfast Bars. You can find more information on these recipes and other weight management and heart healthy recipes from Emory Healthcare by visiting:

Recipe developed by Meagan Mohammadione, RD, LD, and is courtesy of the Emory Bariatric Center.

No Bake Breakfast Bar Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter such as almond or cashew butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or your favorite dried fruit, diced)
  • 5 cups high fiber cereal (we used Kashi Go Lean! Crisp cereal)

Recipe Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, pour in honey, vanilla and salt. Heat in the microwave until mixture is thin and watery, about 60 seconds. Add peanut butter and stir until it melts. Add dried fruit and cereal and combine until cereal is well coated. Line a baking dish with wax paper and spread cereal mixture evenly into pan and press firmly to set. Leave to cool overnight or place in refrigerator. When bars are hard, cut into squares.

Yield: 24, 2x1x1 inch bars

Nutritional Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 167
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
  • Sodium: 179 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate: 27 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 grams
  • Sugars: 18 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams

For other heart healthy recipes, visit Emory Healthcare’s Recipes for Wellness at We have recipes for appetizers, entrees, side dishes, soups and salads as well as desserts to keep your diet heart healthy during the holidays!

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Lower Your Blood Sugar and Protect Your Heart

Lower Blood SugarEmory Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. This program was created by the American Heart Association to help people understand it is never too late to make changes that can improve your health. As part of our partnership for heart health, this week we will discuss the importance of lowering blood sugar.

It is very important to keep your blood sugar in a normal range for the health of your heart. If your fasting blood sugar level is below 100, it is in a healthy range. If your levels are higher than this number, you could have pre-diabetes or diabetes. When we eat something, our bodies turn this food into glucose and our bodies then use this for energy.

You can decrease your risk for heart disease and stroke by lowering your blood sugar and managing it carefully to keep it in a healthy range.

The American Heart Association considers diabetes a controllable risk factor for heart disease. By lowering your blood sugar, you are taking an active approach to protect your vital organs and give yourself a chance for a healthy heart!

If you have been diagnosed or suspect you have high blood sugar levels, I recommend you consult with your physician and he/she can prescribe a course of action to lower the number that may include:

  • Reduce your consumption of simple sugars like those found in soda, candy and many desserts.
  • Get active! Make sure that you get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. This can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk! Physical actively helps your body respond to insulin.
  • If you have been prescribed medication, take your medication or insulin as prescribed.

If you are proactive in lowering your blood sugar you can slow the progression of long-term complications. Small changes  can improve your levels and possibly help you avoid the need for medication.

Learn more about the Emory Heart & Vascular Center’s Heart Disease Prevention Program.

Looking for a free and easy way to reduce your risk for heart disease? Dr. Ijeoma Isiadinso is hosting a live chat on the topic of Women & Heart Disease on Wednesday, October 19th. You can learn more about the heart disease chat here & sign up for the chat here.

About Susmita Parashar
Dr. Parashar is a cardiologist at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. She specializes in preventive cardiology and has special interests in women’s heart disease. She is the newest member of the Emory team and looks forward to helping patients in Atlanta prevent heart disease.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr. Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for eight years.