Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the easiest things you can do to protect your heart. February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month so we are giving away one copy of The American Heart Association Cookbook every week until February 28. It’s easy…just “Like” us on Facebook and you could be a winner!

At Women’s Health Specialists, our focus is on women’s health. Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease (CVD), is, as we know, a big problem in the United States and the number one killer of women. Recent studies have looked at the relationship between heart disease and lifestyle, suggesting that 90 percent of CVD is caused by choices related to diet and lifestyle.

In late 2013, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute published guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart disease. They include eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as fish, nonfat and low-fat dairy, lean poultry, nuts, beans and nontropical (not coconut or palm) oils. Keeping up a routine of balanced meals, no matter how busy you are, will get you through the most hectic pace. The healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel.

Who has time to spend in the kitchen? This cookbook will help you make healthy, tempting meals with minimum prep. It features 600 everyday recipes and lifestyle recommendations that meet the American Heart Association’s standards. Plus, you’ll find updated information on nutrition, menu plans and more. With so many easy-to-follow recipes and so much information, you’ll love this cookbook.

From breakfast to desserts (yes, desserts can be healthy too), this book is a great mix of easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes that highlight the connection between good food and good health. Whether you are a gourmet cook or looking for quick and easy, you’ll have fun cooking your way through this book. Better yet, you’ll be creating irresistible healthier meals.

Sometimes it’s about finding inspiration and making healthy changes in your life. As food trends and tastes change, and many of us bump health and dietary concerns up on our priority list, we are always searching for great recipes. This well-organized cookbook will inspire you with yummy-tasting, tried-and-true dishes that you can make for the whole family.

Home cooking doesn’t have to be complicated to be excellent. Even those not affected by heart disease will appreciate these creative recipes. If your priority is cooking healthier food…The American Heart Association Cookbook is a good pick!