Fall in Love with Heart-Healthy Food

Heart HealthAlthough February is all about love, when it comes to food, many of us find ourselves in a love-hate relationship. Don’t get us wrong, we love food!  But things quickly change when we try to commit to healthier eating… or (gasp) a diet! We feel robbed of our favorite comfort foods, and that green leafy stuff soon becomes the enemy.

This February, fall in love with the tastier side of healthy eating. Focus on the wholesome foods you should be adding to your diet rather than dwelling on what you should be taking away. Don’t forget – healthy eating can (and should) taste good!

For a little inspiration, try these heart-healthy recipes, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

Ravin’ Red Smoothie

Blend one cup of low-fat yogurt, ½ cup frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen raspberries and one frozen banana.

Red Berry Squares

Make strawberry-flavored gelatin mixed with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Cut into squares before serving.

Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

Stuff one red bell pepper (cored) with ½ cup cooked brown rice, ¼ diced red onion, ¼ cup ground turkey (browned), 1 TB. parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until pepper is heated through.

Red, Red Pasta

Cook whole-wheat spaghetti and top with low-sodium marinara sauce, roasted cherry tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes.

Red Bean Salsa

Combine two cups red beans, ½ cup diced red onions, one cup diced red tomato, ¼ cup diced jalapeno (remove seeds), ¼ cup chopped parsley, two TB. lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

Baked Red Apples

Fill one whole red apple (cored) with ¼ cup chopped almonds, ¼ cup dried cranberries, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until sugar bubbles.

Enjoy!

About Janeah Schwarz

Janeah Schwarz is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Manager for Agnesian HealthCare

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