What to do about shrinking heart? Quinoa mint salad

I read in the newspaper the other day a new revelation, that when someone turns 50, their heart shrinks by 16%.  This is true no matter whether you’re male or female.  Medical science believes that this shrinkage lays the foundation for heart failure after you’ve left the magic age of 50.

I have a different perspective on getting old.  The first thing that happened to me when I turned 50 a few months ago, give or take, was that I received an invitation from the American Association of Retired People.  Not wanting to concede that I am getting old, I threw the invitation away.

There is another ironic change, not dealing with a shrinking heart.  While the heart apparently shrinks at that age, one’s thighs do not, leading me to believe that there is a sinister conspiracy against women.  Hank Williams, the great country singer, wrote a hit song entitled, “Your Cheatin’ Heart,”  but he never wrote a song about expanding thighs.

I know that healthy eating and exercise will, in most cases, shrink my thigh, but what can one do with a shrinking heart?

Her is a recipe that is good for the health of the heart and might, just might help with the shrinking of thighs??

Quinoa salad

serves 4

2       red quinoa

1        cup cooked garbanzo beans

1        cup chopped scallions

1        medium ripe tomato, diced

2        small seedless cucumber, diced

1        chopped fresh mint

zest of large lemon

1/2    cup lemon juice

1/2    cup olive oil

salt to taste

-Bring 2  cups of slightly salted water to boil.  Drop the quinoa, stir and bring back to a boil.  Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow the quinoa to rest for another 5 minutes.  Cool and place in salad bowl.

-Add the beans, the scallions, the tomato, the cucumber and the mint.  Toss gently.

-Add the lemon zest, the olive oil, the lemon juice and the salt.  Toss well and serve.

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