Updated: Feb 11, 2018
Provide your heart what it needs this Valentine's Day!
The heart wants what the heart wants. However, its’ wants may not always be what it needs. Valentine’s Day is coming up and per usual, the atmosphere will be filled with chocolates and sweets as people declare their love for one another. This article will provide you with some healthy Valentine’s Day treats that the heart will want and benefit from!
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths. Why is this? Maybe we are not informed regarding how to properly take care of our hearts. Here are 3 goals to work towards a healthier heart through nutrition and wellness.
Fiber. Foods that are particularly plant will contain fiber. Sources of fiber are fruit, vegetables, whole grains or ancient grains and nuts and seeds. These sources of fiber lower cholesterol build up in between arterial walls and decrease plague blockage in your arteries.
Exercise. Keep in mind exercise AND a healthy high fiber diet decreases incidence of heart complications. Just exercise alone and not consuming a diet rich in nutrients will not decrease you chance of developing heart disease or heart complications. Plan your time to add physical activity into your daily schedule. What’s the goal? 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 5 days a week (150 minutes per week).
Omega-3’s. Eating these essential fatty acids are beneficial for your heart, your vessels and reducing inflammation in the body. These fats have also been shown to help protect against lupus, eczema, arthritis and cancer. Some great examples of Omega 3 fatty acids include: walnuts, flaxseeds, salmon, pumpkins seeds, tuna or sardines. Omegas are so unique because out bodies do not naturally make these fats, we must get them through food.
Dark Cholate Covered Strawberry and Pineapple Skewers
1 1b. Strawberries
1 can diced Pineapples or 2 cups of diced fresh pineapple
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Aluminum foil or parchment paper
Place strawberries and pineapples on wooden skewers as preferred in alternating order
Place on parchment paper or aluminum foil
Melt dark chocolate chips in the microwave or in a small pot over the stove until melted
Place the melted chocolate on a sandwich Ziploc bag. Cut the corner tip of the bag to drizzle the chocolate over the skewers.
Place in the refrigerator or let sit for about 5-10 minutes for chocolate to harden. Then serve.
Whitney & Jasmine