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Love is in the air with Valentines Day quickly approaching, but it’s important to remember the other reason February is so great. It’s Heart Health month! So, we thought we would combine something we really love (food!) and heart health into these heart healthy recipes.

Every great meal needs a great starting point. The appetizer is your go-to distraction when your date asks those hard to answer questions and you need a second to chew it over. This artichoke dip will make you look like a culinary master and get you through the small talk. Something you might say could be:

You: “Oh, you enjoy this glorious dip I made? Well, did you know Artichokes are full of heart healthy antioxidants and fiber?”

Okay, so maybe that’s a little cheesy, but hey, cheesy is cool too. Right….?

Appetizer: Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

 

  •             2 cups artichoke hearts
  •             1 tablespoon black pepper
  •             4 cups chopped spinach
  •             1 teaspoon minced thyme
  •             2 cloves garlic, minced
  •             1 tablespoon minced parsley
  •             1 cup white beans, prepared
  •             2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  •             1/2 cup low-fat sour cream

Directions
Mix all ingredients together. Put in glass or ceramic dish and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Serve with whole-grain bread, crackers or vegetables for dipping.

Serving size: About 1/2 cup

Calories

94

Sodium

71 mg

Total fat

2 g

Total carbohydrate

14 g

Saturated fat

1 g

Dietary fiber

6 g

Trans fat

0 g

Sugars

0 g

Monounsaturated fat

1 g

Protein

5 g

Cholesterol

6 mg

 

 

Serves: 8

Try pairing with a nice red wine for extra antioxidants or if you need a little energy kick add Eruption[Link] to your favorite beverage!

Now, onto the main course! This is your crowning jewel, what sets you apart from that dinner-at-that-restaurant date. You are the champion of this date, you’re taking it to a whole new level! It’s time to bust out your iron chef skills (please stop flipping knives in your hands and keep yours eyes on what you’re cutting) and create a culinary masterpiece of baked salmon with Southeast Asian marinade. Packed with protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a super food of the protein world.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, have been shown to provide benefits to diseases such as cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.* The common theme within these benefits is the reduction of inflammation, Omega-3’s best known achievement.*

So, try dropping this smooth line while serving your date:

You: “Hey, did you know Omega-3 fatty acids can lower your risk of heart disease?”

Response: “Oh, why no, I did not. Where can I get some of these Omega-3’s I’m learning so much about?”

The Kicker: “Well, because I care, I made salmon that is packed with Omega-3’s. No need to thank me.”

Okay, so maybe these lines aren’t the best. Maybe let your salmon do the talking.

Main Course: Baked Salmon with Southeast Asian Marinade

Ingredients

 

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 salmon fillets, each 4 ounces
  • 
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup diced fresh fruit, such as pineapple, mango and papaya

Directions:
In a small bowl, add the pineapple juice, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. Stir to mix evenly.

Arrange the salmon fillets in a small baking dish. Pour the pineapple juice mixture over the top. Put in the refrigerator and marinate for 1 hour. Turn the salmon periodically as needed.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 2 squares of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place the marinated salmon fillets on the aluminum foil. Drizzle each with 1/8-teaspoon sesame oil. Sprinkle with pepper and top each with 1/2 cup diced fruit.

Wrap the foil around the salmon, folding the edges down to seal. Bake until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife, about 10 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to warmed individual plates and serve immediately.

Serving size: 1 fillet

Calories

310

Sodium

174 mg

Total fat

13 g

Total carbohydrate

24 g

Saturated fat

3 g

Dietary fiber

1 g

Monounsaturated fat

4 g

Protein

23 g

Cholesterol

67 mg

 

 

Serves 2

Now, for the grand finale. You’ve worked your way from awkward small talk to comfortable conversation. You’re dominating this date. Now, it’s time to show off your skills in the kitchen and lock down the second date.

Two words that will hopefully lead to those 3 words (Your cooking rocks!). Sautéed. Bananas. Bananas are known for their Potassium levels that can help combat high blood pressure – an important factor is fighting heart disease. Try sautéing them in Kelapo Coconut Oil for extra flavor and health benefits! So you may (I wouldn’t) say:

You: “I sautéed these bananas in Kelapo Coconut Oil for extra flavor. That’s why they taste like you’re eating a dream wrapped in a wish. Did you know bananas are also a good source of potassium, it combats high blood pressure, but you know, no big deal.”

Dessert: Sautéed Bananas

Ingredients:

   For the sauce

  •             1 tablespoon butter
  •             1 tablespoon walnut oil (or coconut oil) Kelapo
  •             1 tablespoon honey
  •             2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  •             3 tablespoons 1 percent low-fat milk
  •             1 tablespoon dark raisins or golden raisins (sultanas)
  •             4 firm bananas, about 1 pound total weight
  •             1/2 teaspoon Kelapo Coconut oil
  •             2 tablespoons dark rum or apple juice

Directions:

To make the sauce, in a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the walnut/coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Cook, stirring continuously until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, and then cook, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the raisins. Set aside and keep warm.

Peel the bananas, and then cut each crosswise into 3 sections. Cut each section in half lengthwise. Lightly coat a large nonstick frying pan with the coconut oil and place over medium-high heat. Add the bananas and sauté until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Add the rum to the pan, bring to a boil and deglaze the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced by half, about 30 to 45 seconds. Return the bananas to the pan to rewarm.

To serve, divide the bananas among individual bowls or plates. Drizzle with the warm sauce and serve immediately.

Serving size: 4 pieces banana and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce

Calories

145

Sodium

22 mg

Total fat

6 g

Total carbohydrate

24 g

Saturated fat

2 g

Dietary fiber

2 g

Trans fat

0 g

Sugars

1 g

Monounsaturated fat

3 g

Protein

1 g

Cholesterol

5 mg

 

 

 Serves: 6

So, while the relationship advice may not be conducive to your heart health, or dating life in general, these recipes can get your relationship started in a healthy, tasty direction.

 

Your Turn: What’s your favorite Valentines meal?

 

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-healthy-recipes/RE00098

 

*This relationship advice has not been reviewed by the federal dating commission.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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