National Nutrition Month Day 20: DASH Diet for Dummies

National Nutrition Month Day 20: DASH Diet for Dummies



For day 20 of National Nutrition Month it’s the DASH Diet for Dummies written by dietitians Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN and Cindy Kleckner, RDN, LD, FAND and cardiologist Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC. The DASH diet was originally developed as a way to help those with high blood pressure and it has been named for 6 years in a row as the top diet by U.S. News & World Report. The DASH Diet is explained in detail and explained why it’s not just another trendy diet. Plus, there are lots of DASH-approved healthy recipes, like the one below (which is from the Hypertension for Dummies also co-authored by Rosanne Rust).

Gena, I know this will be a great addition to your professional book collection and I know you’ll enjoy making the recipes too!

Pasta with Zucchini Yogurt Sauce and Walnuts
from Hypertension Cookbook For Dummies®, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2012

1 pound zucchini (about 3 or 4 medium)
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cut the zucchini into thick slices and place them into a saucepan with a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover the saucepan and steam for 5 minutes.
2. Pulse the zucchini in a blender or food processor for 30-60 seconds with garlic, olive oil, yogurt and pepper
3. Cook the pasta al dente as directed on the package, usually 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
4. Mix the pasta with the sauce from the blender, and top with toasted walnuts and grated cheese.

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