HEART HEALTHY EATING ON VALENTINES DAYHEART HEALTHY EATING ON VALENTINES DAY https://delphineremy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/12497251-1024x1024.jpg 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach https://delphineremy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/12497251-1024x1024.jpg
What better day is there to celebrate heart healthy eating with all our favorite Valentine’s Day favorites — red wine, strawberries and dark chocolate — than today? Even though heart disease is on decline in the United States, yay us!, we can still do our part to take preventive measure by enjoying these delicious superfoods that prevent cardiovascular disease and lower the risks of heart attacks and strokes.
SUPERFOOD #1 : Red Wine
Honey dim the lights, and grab the bottle! Small amounts of red wine has shown signs to lower the risk of heart disease. Just be sure to stay under the two drink maximum rule to avoid adverse effects. Antioxidants such as flavonoids and resveratrol are the heart healthy agents found in red wine thought to prevent heart attacks.
½ cup sweetened cranberry juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cups Champagne or Prosecco
Frozen cranberries for garnish
1. Pour crystallized sugar onto a plate.
2. Next, pour a ¼ cup of cranberry juice into a small bowl.
3. Dip the rim of the champagne flute in cranberry juice and then roll the edge of the flutes in the crystallized sugar.
4. Divide the remaining cranberry juice between champagne flutes and add lime juice.
5. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne or prosecco and decorate with cranberries.
SUPERFOOD #2 : Strawberries
Both strawberries and blueberries make the heart healthy eating superfoods list due to the same antioxidants found in red wine, flavonoids and resveratrol. The beneficial compounds also decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels preventing clots and/or strokes. Drinking wine may not be recommended daily, but eating berries definitely is. Get into the habit of stocking up on berries each visit to the grocery to create healthy habits of snacking on berries or adding them to your breakfast cereals and parfaits. Try my Pretty in Pink Smoothie Bowl for inspiration.
SUPERFOOD #3 : Dark Chocolate
Several studies have concluded that the active ingredient in dark chocolate, cocoa, has incredible health benefits that go beyond heart health. Unfortunately these benefits does not apply to all chocolate such as milk chocolate or processed chocolate candy bars. The benefits are exclusive to dark chocolate that contains at least 60% cocoa. Cocoa is where the magic happens. Cocoa has been known to lower blood pressure, improve brain health, balance cholesterol levels, treat diabetes and manage obesity! Absolutely incredible. Treat yourself and your Valentine to heart healthy eating by preparing my Guilt free chocolate Spread or my Chocolate and Avocado Mousse this Valentine’s!
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