(NECN) – We are exploring a healthier way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with registered nurse and health coach Jacqui Bryan.
So, is candy a no go?
According to the census bureau, Americans eat more than 24 pounds of candy per person each year. It can be hard to avoid, but there are other great things to eat.
Since it’s national heart month, we’re focusing on all heart healthy treats.
For breakfast, think a fruit smoothie packed with berries, which are a wonderful antioxidant. For 12 ounces, there’s 220 calories and 0 grams of fat. You can make it with Greek yogurt or milk.
Eventually you’ll probably want a snack, so we recommend nuts, which are a wonderful heart health food. You want to portion them out, however: 1 ounce almonds is 160 calories and 12 grams of fat; 1 ounce walnuts is 180 calories and 18 grams of fat.
What about a romantic get together?
What should you toast with?
First start off with moderation, which is key. Red wine is a great choice. It has some components that are shown to be heart healthy. One 8 ounce glass is 200 calories with 0 grams of fat.
And what about that sweet tooth?
Two dark chocolate strawberries have 80 calories and 4 grams of fat. Studies are showing dark chocolate has some heart health components, as well.
Just remember that dark chocolate needs to be 70-percent or more dark chocolate. You can even add a few almonds to the chocolate strawberries.