GUEST BLOG: Andre Cooks Up Something Festive

Happy Holidays everyone stopping by! I'm Andre Scott, a youth advocate and blogger with the American Heart Association, and this month I'm writing about ways we can stay heart-healthy during the Christmas season by making good choices with our holiday recipes. 


Christmas day I spend time with my family, open presents, and we count our blessings. Our delicious Christmas meals are part of our celebrations but also play a huge factor in the condition of our heart and blood vessels through saturated fat and sodium content. Here are some ways you can have a heart-healthy diet during Christmas time. Remaining heart-healthy and eating the foods we love during the holidays may seem impossible, but we can make sure our foods have low sodium and/or saturated fat, so they are beneficial towards our hearts and blood vessels.

Today, I made a delicious and heart-healthy “Festive Turkey Rice Salad” using a recipe from the American Heart Association’s holiday recipes. It is a very easy and heart-healthy Christmas meal with low cholesterol, carbs, saturated fat, and sodium. It's all about eating good for our hearts!

Ingredients (Servings 6)

2 tablespoons plain rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 1/2 cups cooked wild or brown rice
1 1/2 cups chopped, skinless, cooked turkey breast without salt
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1 bunch chopped green onions (about 1/2 cup)


In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey, and ginger.
In a large bowl, stir together the rice, turkey, cranberries, and green onions. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to coat. Refrigerate, covered, until serving time.

Quick Tips

Keep it Healthy: Make this delightful salad year round using rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breast.

🗸 Cooking Tip: You can also toss leftover peas or veggies of your choice into the salad.

🗸 Tip: Use quick-cooking couscous instead of rice.

Want to give it a try? HERE is the recipe I used for the “Festive Turkey Rice Salad” It was so much fun to make it with my family. 

Hard to find a heart-healthy recipe? Check out American Heart Association’s “Taste of the Holidays Cook Book” by clicking HERE

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