Tomorrow as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s all do our best to celebrate National Heart Health Month as well! February is the time we think about romance and flowers and, of course, our hearts. But it’s also National Heart Health Month, the time we should be thinking of taking the very best possible care of our hearts as well. So while you’re planning a special meal for your sweetheart tomorrow evening, please take good care to include the foods that will be kind to both your hearts!
It’s pretty easy to do and it can be quite delicious too.
To start your evening off, you might want to enjoy a glass of red wine together. Containing the flavanoids Catechins and reservatrol, red wine may help improve your levels of “good cholesterol.
You’ll also want to prepare a spinach salad, instead of traditional lettuce. Thanks to high levels of of lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber, spinach is a heart-healthy choice. It also makes for a more interesting salad on a special evening.
Seafood is certainly thought of by many as a food of love. And salmon is the food of the heart. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay.
Have berries for dessert! Mix it up with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. You’ll be sharing Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids), anthocyanin (a flavonoid), ellagic acid (a polyphenol), vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fiber with your soulmate. It’s a great way to say “I love you.”
Oh and don’t forget the dark chocolate for an extra boost of flavanoids and some added sweetness. It’s not just a flavorful indulgence, a little dark chocolate is really good for your heart.
Make this year’s holiday of the heart a special one, not only for romance, but for your health too. While FoodFacts.com adores the flowers and the food and the music and the expressions of love, we do think that taking care of our health is not only the best gift we can give ourselves, but our sweethearts as well!
Happy Valentine’s Day!