I met my friend, Cindy, about seven years ago. You know the feeling... when you meet someone and you instantly "click." I have two girls - she has two boys, not the same age but in the same time zone. She is an incredible tennis player... I have trouble making contact with the damn ball. And even though we find ourselves in different circles... in tennis and teenage playgroups, I enjoy Cindy very much. She is smart, funny, well-read, and always looks like she walked out of a magazine when I see her. Just like me. Not quite.
So little did I know until recently that my
idol friend wrote a book. That's how she is... no bragging. When she's not knocking her opponents off the courts, Cindy is a nutrition consultant who works with the Cooper Aerobics Center specializing in weight management, cardiovascular health, corporate wellness and instructs nutritional culinary events. Who knew such a fun person was so darn smart?
So we met last week at a darling new restaurant (blog to come). We had a delightful lunch talking about our lives and then I asked her if I could write a post about her new book. After a little arm twisting, she complied.
Cindy brought me an autographed copy of her book, Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies. I asked Cindy a lot of questions about her book and of course in Cindy-style she answered them in her sweet way referring me here which entails a cheat sheet of the DASH diet, here detailing the DASH diet, and here which gives a full description of the book.
So when I got home, I sat down and perused my new book. I am a HUGE fan of the series For Dummies. Hmmm... I wonder why.
My favorite part, though, is the chapter about deciphering nutrition labeling. When I am in the grocery store, I see many people reading food product labels like they are reading People Magazine. I think my #2 would rather read a nutrition label on a cereal box than go to a movie. Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies explains the nutritional information clearly and explains the importance of each of the ingredients.
And last but not least, it includes wonderful easy, delicious recipes - even I could make them! The Mister says that is debatable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has hypertension, pre-hypertension or to anyone who would benefit from nutritional information or enjoys preparing healthy recipes for weight loss.
I told you I had smart friends!
Hope you're having a heart-healthy weekend!