Valentine’s Day: Heart Healthy?
When you think of Valentine’s Day, you may think of sugary pink conversation hearts or boxes of processed milk chocolate. But there are plenty of heart-healthy alternatives to indulge in on Valentine’s Day! Here are some suggestions:
- Dark Chocolate: Studies show that people who eat dark chocolate in moderation have healthier cardiovascular systems. Dark chocolate is a key source of healthy antioxidants which can have a positive effect on cholesterol and hypertension.
- A Glass of Red Wine: In moderation, red wine may help prevent coronary artery disease. Bring a bottle of wine home to your significant other on Valentine’s Day!
- A Fresh Fruit Bouquet: Instead of purchasing your loved one sugary candy, consider a beautiful fruit bouquet!
- Dark Chocolate-Covered Almonds: Almonds are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat. They’re also an excellent source of protein and other nutrients.
- A Romantic Home-Cooked Meal: Your significant other would likely appreciate a thoughtful home-cooked dinner as much an expensive night out (especially if you also do the dishes). Keep it healthy and flavorful!