3 Heart Nurses Share Their Favorite Heart-healthy Recipe

Nutrition plays an important role in heart health. The foods you eat can nourish your heart, reduce inflammation that makes your heart work harder, and promote overall health to protect against disease. Heart-healthy meals can be full of flavor and easy to make. We asked three ProMedica nurses who work in heart care to share their favorite heart-healthy recipes.


Londa Ommert, MSN, RN

Unit Clinical Educator, Cardiovascular Services, ProMedica Toledo Hospital

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Chicken and Kale Alfredo Bake

From Cooking Light Magazine
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Why Londa Loves This Recipe:
“I try to incorporate kale into meal plans because it is loaded with powerful antioxidants and is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Kale can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Kale is also one of the world’s best sources of Vitamin K.”


Wendy Caris, RN

Office Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery, ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

From Forks Over Knives
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Why Wendy Loves This Recipe:
“I like plant-based recipes and there are reputable resources to support the notion that plant-based diets are the better choice nutrition for patients with heart disease. As an example, my dad has switched to a completely vegan diet ever since his heart attack a few years ago and he has been able to come off of all his cardiac medications entirely.”


Julia Iveson, RN, BSN, CCRN

Charge Nurse, Cardiac Rehab, ProMedica Bixby Hospital

Black Bean Chili

From Forks Over Knives
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Why Julia Loves This Recipe:
“It is a whole food plant-based chili that is good without using any meat products.”


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