Did you know that eating a colorful plate of food is healthier for you? In honor of Valentine’s Day and the American Heart Association’s 50th annual American Heart Month, we’re celebrating red and pink foods that are healthy for you.
Along with the requisite Valentine’s chocolates, feast on these five fruits, vegetables, and protein sources that pack serious vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats:
Start your day with a grapefruit to curb your appetite and boost your body’s ability to burn fat. Grapefruit is also shown to lower cholesterol and keep your complexion looking beautiful. This citrus fruit does interfere with some medications, so consult with your physician before changing your diet.
Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is linked to a decreased risk for heart attack and cancer. Your body can actually absorb lycopene better when it’s heated up, so enjoy cooked tomatoes for the greatest health benefits.
Deep red kidney beans are high in fiber and protein and contain a ton of other vitamins and minerals including, folate, vitamin B12, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K. Kidney beans will give you lots of energy and may lead to improved heart functionality. Try this vegetarian chili recipe featuring kidney beans from Dr. Andrew Weil’s website.
Red Bell Peppers
Like tomatoes, red bell peppers contain lycopene for heart health and they are a low calorie snack. Red peppers also have fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium, which can help to lower your blood pressure.
Include salmon in your diet as a source of protein, phosphorous, potassium, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to protect against stroke and heart disease. Salmon also contains selenium, which aids your thyroid and immune system functionality. Browse these grilled salmon recipes for some healthy culinary inspiration.
We hope you enjoy a happy and heart-healthy Valentine’s Day!