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BY Alyse

RED: The Color of Love … and Heart-Healthy Foods

Whip up a delicious Valentine’s Day meal for your significant other using heart-healthy red foods

Red wine

Why it’s good for you: Red wine contains ethanol, resveratrol and phytochemicals.

How to consume it: Moderation is key! To reap the heart-healthy benefits of wine, women should consume no more than one 5-ounce glass of wine daily, and men, no more than two. Just like juice and soda, wine contributes to empty calories because there is minimal nutrient content and it does not satisfy one’s appetite like solid food.  Unlike juice and soda, wine decreases inhibition and may contribute to overeating.

 

Shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce

Why it’s good for you: Here, it’s all about the sauce! Cocktail sauce contains lycopene, which has strong antioxidant capabilities and is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.

How to consume it: Go ORGANIC! According to World Health Food, “organic ketchup delivers three times as much “lycopene” as non-organic brands.”

Bison

Why it’s good for you: Because bison spend very little time in the feedlot, they are not subjected to questionable drugs, chemicals or hormones. Bison meat is an excellent source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, niacin, vitamin B6 and B12. It is an excellent healthy swap for red meat lovers.

How to consume it: Bison can be found in familiar cuts such as steaks, roasts, stew meat, ground burgers, etc.

Red quinoa

Why it’s good for you: Quinoa is a seed, not a grain, with a nutrient profile that ranks it among the list of top heart-healthy foods:

– very low in sodium

– contains no saturated fat or cholesterol

How to consume it: Red quinoa makes for a delicious side dish; while there are no nutritional differences between red quinoa and its white counterpart, red quinoa is chewier, crunchier, and has nuttier flavor.

Dark chocolate covered cherries

Why it’s good for you:Both cherries and dark chocolate are jam packed with antioxidants. Cherry-enriched diets may also help lower total body fat, weight, inflammation and cholesterol levels. Chocolate’s antioxidants are proven to lower “bad” and raise “good” cholesterol levels and reduce overall inflammation.

How to consume it: Dip fresh cherries in melted dark chocolate to lower your risk for heart disease. If cherries aren’t in season- you can opt for buying an all-natural, dried package.