Heart Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes
Studies have been done on the connections between chocolate consumption and cardiovascular disease, the results are quite “sweet”. Publications released by Harvard Medical School show that adults who consume 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day, seem to have much lower rates of heart disease than those who shy away from the delicacy. Now, before you go ahead and start indulging, there are a few guidelines you should stick to:
Dark chocolate is where you find all the good stuff. Try to stick to 70% cacao or higher. Scientists aren't quite sure what it is about dark chocolate that boosts heart health, but it seems that it may be related to flavonoids. Flavonoids can be found in teas, red wines, blueberries, apples, pears, cherries
Here’s a quick, healthy smoothie recipe to start your day off just right:
**this recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian
Time it takes: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt (plain or strawberry)
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup ice only if using fresh berries
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired. Enjoy immediately!
Here’s another heart-healthy Valentine’s day recipe:
**There are only a few key ingredients in this recipe, so it’s easy to swap vegetables depending on your preferences.
Time it takes: 30 - 45 minutes
For tossing and marinating:
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 8 baby carrots chopped into quarters
- 1/4 cup peanuts chopped
- 10 garlic cloves minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Add just prior to baking:
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
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- Using a large ziplock type bag, toss all of the marinade ingredients together. Give em' a shake and let all of the vegetables get coated and well-acquainted with all of the delicious flavors here. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Transfer all of the bag’s contents into a baking dish. Spread out the ingredients so that the broccoli sits in a single layer. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
- Bake at 350 F until the broccoli is tender and starting to brown and crisp, about 30 minutes.
There you have it, two great
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