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Healthy Apricot Recipes

Healthy Apricot Recipes

This week, we featured healthy apricot recipes recipes for the in-season fruit, to help prepare your taste buds for spring.

These Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites are perfect for a dinner party.

Apricot Ricotta Honey Basil Bites
Image and Recipe via Reluctant Entertainer


This Apricot-Raisin Chutney is a perfect topping for your next pork chop dinner.

Apricot-Raisin Chutney
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart


Make this easy Honey Apricot Frozen Yogurt for a simple but delicious dessert.

This Skinny, Dreamy, Apricot Chicken can be made with fresh or dried apricots.

This Blackberry Apricot Salad will help you get ready for summer meals.

Blackberry Apricot Salad
Image and Recipe via Dinner at the Zoo


Flourless Apricot Upside-Down Cake is a healthy treat your family will love.

Flourless Apricot Upside-Down Cake
Image and Recipe via Eat Drink Paleo


These Roasted Apricots with Ricotta and Honey are a tasty, rustic dessert.

Roasted Apricots with Ricotta and Honey
Image and Recipe via Kitchen Repertoire
Getting Your Blood Pressure Readings

You and Your Blood Pressure Readings

Choosing an At-Home Monitor

One of the best things you can do to manage high blood pressure is to track it regularly. A home monitor will help you keep track of blood pressure readings between visits to the doctor.

There are many different types of at-home blood pressure monitors, and there are always the booth ones at local pharmacies. While the style may be different, monitors come with the same basic parts. They have:

  • An inflatable cuff or strap
  • A gauge for readouts
  • And some use and come with a stethoscope

Things to keep in mind for good blood pressure readings:

  • It is important to get one with a cuff that fits your arm, because a cuff that is too small will give a high reading no matter what.
  • Your doctor can help you find the best option for you and teach you how to use it correctly.
  • If you already have an at-home monitor, bring it with you to the doctor’s office so they can check its accuracy.

Getting Good Blood Pressure Readings at Home

These tips from the Mayo Clinic can help you get good blood pressure readings at home:

  • Measure your blood pressure twice a day.
  • Don’t take a reading immediately after waking up.
  • Avoid food, caffeine, and tobacco for at least 30 minutes before taking a reading.
  • Sit quietly for a few minutes before measuring.
  • Make sure you are seated with both feet on the floor, with your back supported.
  • Support your arm on an arm rest or table top on an even level with your heart.
  • Don’t talk while taking your blood pressure.

Getting Good Blood Pressure Readings at the Doctor’s Office

According to findings from the University of Virginia Health System, how you’re positioned while taking a blood pressure reading can change your reading by up to 15%. Make sure your blood pressure readings are as correct as possible:

Take a Breather

We’ve all been there. You’re running late for your doctor’s appointment, so you’re rushing into the building at the last second. If you’re called back right away, ask the nurse to wait a few minutes to take your blood pressure so your heart rate has time to return to its normal level.

Consistent Position

Just like at home, make sure you’re sitting in a chair with your back supported with both feet flat on the floor. Support your extended arm at heart level.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Let your nurse know if the blood pressure cuff feels too tight or loose. Just like with your at-home monitor, too tight can give you a falsely high reading.

Compare Blood Pressure Readings

Check to see how a reading at the doctor’s matches your at-home readings.