Go Red with AHA and Real Women + a Heart Healthy Recipe

I’m sharing on behalf of American Heart Association and their Go Red for Women Campaign. Women’s heart health is important to me as my dear mother-in-law passed away five years ago from heart disease. February 1st, is the 10th National Wear Red Day, a moment in time when women and their families take action against the #1 killer of women – heart disease. While the movement has succeeded in saving 627,000 lives through awareness and education, the fight is far from over.

It can be difficult to instill heart healthy habits in children – especially when it comes to nutrition.

Today, about one in three American children and teens are overweight or obese, that is triple the number than 50 years ago. And naturally, this is speeding up health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood – like heart disease. Here is a heart-healthy turkey recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Herbs

Serves 8; 3 ounces turkey per serving


Nutrition Facts

Cooking spray

1 3 1/2-pound turkey breast half with skin, thawed if frozen

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red hot-pepper sauce

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Calories 187

Total Fat 4.5 g

Saturated Fat 1.0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g

Cholesterol 93 mg

Sodium 209 mg

Carbohydrates 1 g

Fiber 0 g

Sugars 0 g

Protein 33 g

Dietary Exchanges: 4 1/2 very lean meat


  1. Lightly spray a large glass baking dish with cooking spray. Put the turkey in the baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the parsley. Stir in the parsley.
  3. Using a tablespoon or your fingers, gently loosen the skin from the breast meat, creating a pocket. Being careful to not break the skin, spread the parsley mixture as evenly as possible under the skin. Gently pull the skin over any exposed meat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove the plastic wrap from the turkey.
  5. Roast the turkey with the skin side up for 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 170°F and the juices run clear. Transfer to a cutting board. Let stand for 15 minutes for easier slicing and to let the turkey continue cooking (the internal temperature will rise at least 5°). Discard the skin before serving the turkey.
  6. Cook’s Tip: You may have to buy a whole turkey breast. If so, ask the butcher to cut it in half and wrap one of the pieces for freezing.

© American Heart Association

You can find more heart-healthy recipes on AHA’s Go Red For Women’s website as well as tips for cooking for the family and snacks and eating on the go.

Published by Tammy Litke.

5 thoughts on “Go Red with AHA and Real Women + a Heart Healthy Recipe

  1. I agree, it is hard to get kids and husbands to eat healthy. My family has discovered my trick of hiding healthy stuff in not so healthy food. And drive thrus are so easy!

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