Heart Smart Recipes

After his open heart surgery, David Held knew he had to revamp his lifestyle. By making simple adjustments, this self-proclaimed foodie was able to change the way he looked at food, while still keeping his favorite meals on the menu. Below are his Dr. Oz-approved recipes to keep your heart healthy and strong.

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Chicken Soup With Whole Wheat Matzo Balls


1 (48 oz.) container of low-sodium chicken broth

1 bunch of Italian parsley

1 bunch of fresh dill

1 (8 oz.) bag of carrots

4 parsnips peeled

1 large onion peeled and kept whole

4 stalks celery

32 oz. cold water

1 family-size package of chicken breasts with skin and excess fat removed

Salt & pepper to taste

1 package whole wheat matzo ball mix



Combine all ingredients except matzo ball mix in large pot on medium heat. Bring to a boil, and then lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour (until chicken is cooked).

Matzo Balls

Follow instructions as directed, except use egg substitute instead of whole eggs. Add a splash of club soda or seltzer.