If you’ve been to the library in the past week, you will have seen books on holiday cooking on display by the public access terminals.

In addition to the books in the Alameda County Library collection, you can find recipes in the Food and Drink LibGuide online.

At times it seems that the holiday season entails putting on more weight.  However, that isn’t inevitable.   The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions recommends the following if you wish to do yourself and your guests a favor and make heart-healthier meals:

  • Start with healthy appetizers, such as whole-grain crackers, cut vegetables, hummus, low-fat dressings or unsalted nuts.
  • Cut or eliminate salt from your recipes, flavoring with other seasonings instead. Make your own gravy, using low-sodium broth.
  • Make mashed potatoes with low-sodium chicken broth, roasted garlic and fat-free evaporated milk.
  • Use whole-wheat bread crumbs, onions and celery, dried fruit and less butter for healthier stuffing.
  • Bake your own desserts to avoid trans fats.