February is American Heart Month, so this Valentine’s Day make a date with your heart! It’s always important to start taking steps in the right direction to become heart healthy, so why not start this Friday?
Here are some heart healthy ways to spend Valentines Day:
1. Cooking at home is an excellent way to control the quality and amount of what you eat. Take your date to a cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique.
2. Whether cooking or making dressings, use the oils that are lowest in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol – such as canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil – but use them sparingly, because they contain 120 calories per tablespoon.
3. After dinner, invite your loved one to a dance. Pick your favorite place and get grooving! If you’re not up for dancing spend some quality time together while going for a stroll. Moving after eating a meal improves digestion and reenergizes the body.
4. Still craving something sweet? Send a fruit basket to your loved one that has natural sugar as well as healthy nutrients instead of sending sweets with added sugars.
5. Think red. Red bell peppers, radicchio, cherries, strawberries, red beans, red onions and tomatoes, for example are all packed with vitamins, cancer-fighting antioxidants or cholesterol-busting fiber and protein.
6. A daily glass of red wine is believed to help reduce the risk of blood clots and keep the cardiovascular system in shape. So forgo that cocktail, which can be loaded with sugar, and have a glass of red wine instead.
7. The bowling alley can be a healthy and fun to have a date night. Rent some shoes, grab a ball and challenge your date to a fun game. If you’re not much for bowling check out the local arcade for a heart pumping game of laser tag. If you really run around you can burn anywhere between 300 to 500 calories!