The month of February is National Heart Month, and a great time to remember your special someone, too. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are some recipes that are as good for you as they are romantic. Try these delicious, heart healthy Valentine’s Day recipes all month long or, if you are preparing a special dinner on the 14th, they would make a wonderful menu that’s sure to please.
Appetizer: Artichoke Dip
Why it’s good for the heart: Contains garlic. This aphrodisiac plays hard to get, but the heart is worth it! Known to improve blood circulation, good for the heart, and other parts.
Salad: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
Why it’s good for the heart: Contains tomatoes rich in Vitamin C; and basil, thought to stimulate the sex drive with its alluring scent.
Entrée One: Balsamic Broiled Salmon
Why it’s good for the heart: Salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids and B6; and the honey, which has been connect with love and sex since Hippocrates prescribed it for vigor in the 5th century BC.
Entrée Two: Asparagus Chicken with Ginger & Oyster Sauce
Why it’s good for the heart: Asparagus, known for it’s phallic symbol properties, is also loaded with potassium, calcium and vitamin E. Doubly potent with ginger and garlic, this dish is a sure fire-starter.
Side Dish: Avocado-Corn Salsa
Why it’s good for the heart: Loaded with antioxidants, rich in omega 3 fatty acids and spiced with chilies- eating peppers gets the heart pumping.
Desert One: Strawberries Italiano
Why it’s good for the heart: Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and fiber- they fit perfectly between the lips and are a romantic addition to any Valentine’s Day meal.
Desert Two: Chocolate Spice Cake
Why it’s good for the heart: Now being heralded for favorable flavanols, chocoholics can rejoice – chocolate is high in Vitamin A and adds a little sugar and spice to the fourth course! This natural amphetamine stimulates the system in so many ways- it’s a tried and true staple for lovers.
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