With February finally setting in, we are only a few days away from Valentine’s Day. On this day of hearts, what better way to celebrate the joys of love than by taking care of the one organ that makes everything possible? Tree Classics presents eight of our favorite heart-friendly recipes you and your family can enjoy.
Begin your day by loading up on essential carbs, as well as a few vitamins and minerals with this scrumptious waffle recipe. These waffles are made from a rich combination of whole-wheat and regular flour added with canola oil and non-fat buttermilk. To make it even healthier, top them with fruits and berries and fat-free whip cream instead of the usual butter and maple syrup. This lets you enjoy a sweet and delicious treat while getting that much-needed nourishment to start your morning.
Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears
If you’re looking for a light yet healthy and gratifying snack, try this easy recipe for warm spinach salad with pork pears. An excellent source of protein, this dish is loaded with dietary potassium needed for maintaining good heart and muscular function. It’s also a great source of iron that helps your body efficiently use the energy you burn.
Beef Beer Chili
Enjoy all the health benefits that red hot chilies can bring to your body by digging into a bowl of this savory beef beer chili recipe. As far as vitamins and minerals go, chilies are a great source of vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as minerals, such as molybdenum, potassium, thiamin, manganese, and foliate. The capsaicin properties of chilies serve as excellent antioxidants, removing radicals in the body that could damage nerves and blood vessels, especially for diabetics. The vitamin B6 and folic acid found in chilies also help lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes as they reduce the level of homocysteine in our system.
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
For people who love the taste of a good old fashion grilled burgers, these mouth-watering Mediterranean turkey burgers are for you. An excitingly new take on an American classic, this recipe is a healthier alternative to greasy pork and beef patties. Compared to other meat options, turkey has less saturated fat, lowering the risk of high cholesterol build-up in the body. It also has a higher protein and amino acid content. One serving of turkey burger gives you 65 percent of your recommended daily protein intake.
Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon
Savor the sweet and tangy flavor of this honey-soy broiled salmon, a delectable dish that is sure to entice your palate. A flavorful treat, salmon is an excellent substitute to beef and pork meat staples. It is high in omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, and DHA, essential nutrients in reducing inflammation and keeping the blood from clotting excessively. These are also important in helping relax and dilate the arteries. Eating salmon two to three times per week can help protect you from health problems such as heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure.
Seared Scallops with Warm Fruit Salsa
Delight in the rich flavors of the sea with this seared scallop recipe with warm fruit salsa. Another light yet satisfying dish, this blends the delicately sweet favor of scallops with the refreshing zest of pineapples and mangos. In terms of health benefits, scallops can provide your recommended dose of vitamin B12, another nutrient that helps break down homocysteine in our system. If left unchecked, homocysteine build-up in the body can lead to diabetic heart disease, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
Warm Chocolate Pudding
When it comes to heart-friendly desserts, this chocolate pudding treat can definitely warm you up. Made from low-fat milk and unsweetened cocoa powder, this warm pudding lets you enjoy a creamy and chocolaty flavor. Chocolates, especially the dark variants, contain high levels of antioxidants and can also help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
If you prefer your treats in bite sizes, these brownies also give the same health benefits as a bowl of chocolate pudding. Add almonds and you can make this sweet treat even healthier. Considered to be one of the healthiest tree nuts available, almonds are rich in minerals that help reduce the risk of heart disease. One such essential nutrient is magnesium, a critical component in preventing heart attacks and hypertension.
Enjoy a hearty feast with our favorite heart-healthy dishes this Love Month. With these healthy and delicious dishes, you can savor all the flavors you want to your heart’s content. For more delicious and easy to prepare recipes, stay tuned to the Tree Classics blog.