Elements of a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner

Celebrate your love and love your heart this Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re celebrating with a sweetheart or not, what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a heart-healthy meal? Learn how to put together a meal that boosts your health and focuses on what your heart needs to stay strong for many Valentine’s Days to come.

Eat your vegetables
Make vegetables the main course for your heart healthy meal. A little meat is okay, but the veggies should be the focus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends eating plenty of vegetables to maintain heart health. Remember to cook them without extra fats. This means no deep frying your green beans. Try broiling veggies in the oven or grilling them.

Focus on fiber
Learn to read food labels to find foods that are high in fiber. The American Heart Association says that foods high in soluble fiber include oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran, barley, citrus fruits, strawberries and apple pulp. Remember, fiber doesn’t just mean whole wheat. In fact, veggies and fruits can contain lots of fiber. Try to incorporate some of these foods into your Valentine’s Day meal, such as serving chilled citrus with dessert or savory soup with barley.

Avoid fatty foods
To lower your risk of heart disease, avoid foods that are high in trans fats and saturated fats. The easiest way to accomplish this is to be mindful of the ingredients you use. Choose cuts of meat with low fat content and trim them well. Use low fat or fat free dairy products and dressings. Avoid cooking in butter or oil.

Visit our Heart Institute online to learn more about the care and treatment Oak Hill Hospital has to offer. For more information, please contact the Heart Institute at (352) 596-6632 in Hernando or (352) 628-6441 in Citrus.

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