Heart-Healthy Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day
Show Your Darling’s
Heart Some Lovin’ this Valentine’s
Surprisingly, on the
holiday devoted to love, our hearts tend to be forgotten. Our stomachs are
filled with candies and steak, our spirits are lifted with cards and flowers,
but our hearts are left aching for some attention.
is a special day when we love to spoil the ones we love,” said Renato Santos, M.D., associate professor
of cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Try to think a
little differently this year. Bare your heart, but don’t forget to protect your
loved one’s, too.”
offers the following tips on how to have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day:
That special dinner is a Valentine’s Day tradition. Whether you choose a
romantic restaurant or a candlelight dinner at home, there are many ways to
have a bountiful meal that won't break anyone’s heart. Consider baked or
broiled lean meats or seafood with grilled or roasted vegetables. Feel free to
finish with a decadent dessert, just watch the portion size.
for your sweetie: Rich
and creamy chocolates have long been a part of Valentine's Day. A little bit of
dark chocolate may actually be healthy, but many of the traditional treats come
with plenty of sugar and calories. Keep it to a few small pieces, and mix it up
with healthy sweets like a basket of juicy fruits and berries. Your special
someone will never notice the extra fiber, vitamins and minerals.
are forever, but...: A
couples dance class
or cooking class can teach techniques that last a lifetime. For something more
tangible, a wearable fitness tracking device will serve your sweetheart well
for many miles to come.
Enjoy each other’s company surrounded by nature. Try hiking, skiing, biking or
taking a long walk together. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, there's ice
skating, bowling, indoor rock climbing or museum touring.
don't have to wait for a special occasion to show some love,” Santos said. “But
what better day than Valentine’s to treat your love’s heart health like it's