Cooking for American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month. Since 1964, Americans have made heart disease the spotlight of every February. The first Friday in February is always Wear Red Day to raise awareness of how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease every year. Diet and exercise play a big part in preventing heart disease. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals and snack healthier. Try this trail mix snack recipe in place of a sweet treat.

Take A Break Snack Mix


 Servings  10

  • non-stick Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup sliced, unsalted, unoiled almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 cup whole-grain oat cereal with yogurt-flavored coating
  • 2 cup whole-grain wheat and bran flakes with raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries
  • Put a piece of aluminum foil about 12 inches square on a platter or baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small nonstick skillet, dry-roast the almonds over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated and the almonds are coated with the mixture, stirring constantly. Transfer to the foil. Let cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
  • Add the cooled almonds to the cereal mixture, stirring to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried blueberries