Pippa Middleton has surprise afternoon tea with heart support group

By Emmy Griffiths

Pippa Middleton, a British Heart Foundation Ambassador, brought some cheer to a heart support group when she stopped by as a surprise guest at afternoon tea.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister listened to their experiences while the group tried some of Pippa's amazing heart-healthy goodies from her BHF healthy recipe book Heartfelt, which includes over 100 recipes for a heart-healthy lifestyle. The treats included salmon topped spelt and beetroot blinis, oaty drop scones with cranberries and banana and blueberry and oat muffins.

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The author spoke about why she decided to bring out a recipe book for heart-healthy recipes, and how important the charity is to her. "It was such a pleasure to meet members from British Heart Foundation Heart Support Groups and hear about each of their challenging journeys. The determination and energy in the room was inspiring," she said.

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"As an Ambassador, I care deeply about the work of the British Heart Foundation… It was a pleasure to share some of the dishes from Heartfelt with the group. Through Heartfelt I want to demonstrate how easy it is to create simple dishes that help with nutritious eating and focus on nourishing meals which are good for the heart. I hope readers will benefit not only from a growing awareness of the importance of heart health, but also from the idea that healthy food is not just good for you, it can also be fun to prepare and delicious to eat."

Members of the group spoke fondly about their afternoon with Pippa. Lewisham Heart Support group member Eileen Hunt said: "I had such a wonderful afternoon. I’d heard about the new cook book but hadn’t had a chance to take a look at it yet. Having Pippa there and getting to sample some of the tasty dishes was such a wonderful surprise and a lovely treat. After having open heart surgery 3 years ago, I always try to eat a healthy diet. Heartfelt has given me lots of ideas about how I can be more adventurous with food, whilst still keeping it healthy."

The 33-year-old previously opened up exclusively to Hello! about how much her mother Carol Middleton favours healthy food. She said: "My mother always says preparing a healthy and tasty meal for the family is one of life's greatest pleasures – and pressures. With the demands of family life, even the most enthusiastic cook can struggle to come up with new ideas week in week out and not rely on convenience foods to serve up a meal at the end of a long day. Healthy food is not just good for you, but can also be fun to prepare and delicious to eat."

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