Not only is Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) on Wednesday, but February is also American Heart Month. In honor of this, we’ve rounded up 4 heart healthy recipes for two—whip one of these for a heart-healthy dinner with the person who has your heart!
There’s no reason to shy away from salmon even if you’re new to cooking—this recipe is super simple (especially with the pre-made pesto coming in clutch), delicious, and salmon is INSANELY GOOD for your heart: it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which boast so many health benefits, like lowering your risk of irregular heartbeat, lowering your risk of plaque build-up in your arteries, and decreasing triglycerides (aka the stuff that is linked to higher risk of heart disease). Easy to make, good for your heart, and a delicious option for a night-in with your boo—count us in.
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This salad contains both tomatoes and avocados, two incredibly-heart healthy foods. Tomatoes are high in potassium and the antioxidant lycopene, which is thought to help keep your cholesterol in check and lower heart attack risk. Avocados are heart-friendly too, boasting high levels of monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and potassium. To make this dish even more heart healthy: switch out a traditional spring lettuce mix with kale, a superfood that also contains some omega-3 fatty acids.
Combine the health benefits of salmon and avocado with this oh-so-appetizing winning combo of a sandwich. Pair with a glass or red wine—also known to boast heart-healthy benefits (in moderation, though, folks: just one glass!)—for a delightfully romantic and heart-healthy dinner for two. Not a fan of salmon? Swap it out for some roasted chicken, instead—still healthy, just lacking in those omega-3s your heart craves!
Anything that boasts one pan (aka less cleanup time) is something we can get behind. This recipe is your heart’s HERO, boasting so many heart-healthy ingredients: sweet potato, broccoli, walnuts, AND olive oil. That’s four superfoods for your heart, all in one dish! This dish will have your heart saying more please! This one even makes enough for leftovers, so why not plan for two date nights this week instead of just Valentine’s Day?
And for dessert? Go for some dark chocolate, known for containing polyphenols, which are thought to help lower blood pressure, clotting, and inflammation. Stick to the good stuff though: 60-70% of cocoa at least! (Sorry, milk chocolate doesn’t contain these same health benefits!)
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The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week to keep your heart healthy and help lower your risk of heart disease, the nation’s Number 1 killer.
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