Journey to a Healthy and Happy Heart

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 If you haven’t started the journey to healthy eating there is no better time to start than now. There are some foods that, when combined, can make a romantic yet cardiac-friendly dinner that is perfect for you and your partner on Valentine's Day.

Eating a variety of healthy foods in moderation is vital for a heart-healthy diet

A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat and lean protein will help with weight maintenance and the journey to a healthy life.

Have a glass of red wine during the meal. This alcoholic beverage contains antioxidants that can improve good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, but the key is to take it in moderation.

It is also healthy to serve spinach or any vegetable salad to defend against high blood pressure and hypertension. Include walnuts to add crunch and reduce cholesterol.

For the main course, serve your favourite pasta with pasta sauce (tomato sauce with garlic celery etc). Tomatoes are full of beta and alpha carotene, lycopene, lutein, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.  Garlic also reduces serum lipids, also known as cholesterol, and can assist in lowering blood pressure.

Complete the meal with a piece of dark chocolate consisting of 70 percent or higher cocoa content.  This will not only fulfill a craving, but also help in lowering blood pressure to keep you healthy.

Happy Valentine's Day.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:53