If you have visited the grocery store recently, you may have noticed the plethora of Valentines cards, decorations, candles, and other “red/pink heart” items that fill the aisles with love. However, as you start to think about your Valentine plans this year, let me suggest an additional idea: Make February your “heart healthy together” month!
I want to encourage everyone around me to be heart healthy this Valentine’s month! I will be sending my clients and friends regular suggestions and tips to keep their lovely hearts happy and healthy.
My first suggestion is to ask you and your loved ones to add more heart healthy foods this month. From the Cleveland Clinic’s website, here are 15 great and tasty suggestions:
15 foods that are good for your heart
Eat fish high in omega-3s, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout.
A handful of healthynuts such as almonds or walnuts will satisfy your hunger and help your heart.
Berries are chock full of heart-healthy phytonutrients and soluble fiber. Try blueberries, strawberries, cranberries or raspberries in cereal or yogurt.
Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and phytoestogens to boost heart health. Take them in ground or milled form to reap the greatest benefit.
Oatmeal: the comfort-food nutrient powerhouse.
Dark beans,such as kidney or black beans, are high in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals and other good stuff. Veggie chili, anyone?