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Sweet Ways to Feed Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

From heart-shaped treats to heart-healthy delights, show yourself some love this February 14.

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Valentine’s Day is a peak moment of love in the depth of winter, and this year more than others, we all could use a little extra sweetness. Because we tend to associate this holiday with special foods to eat, let’s focus on a couple of ways we can nourish our hearts—symbolically and literally—on February 14.

Make It Heart-Shaped
One way to add a Valentine’s Day spin to easy, tasty home favorites is to make them heart-shaped. This is fun to do and can make your beloved—or yourself—feel the love of that small extra effort. You don’t need heart-shaped pans or cutters, either. Just make these foods in the round and cut them into the right shape before serving. The discarded bits make a perfect bite for the cook to sneak in before mealtime!

We eat first with our eyes, of course, but our bodies feel beloved when we nourish them with nutritious, flavorful foods. Heart-healthy foods are rich in vitamins that affect blood clotting, antioxidants to lower inflammation and the so-called “good fats” that help regulate blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors.

The best news for Valentine’s Day? This list of heart-healthy ingredients leads with dark chocolate, which contains antioxidants called flavonoids. One large study showed that people who eat dark chocolate at least five times each week have a 57 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who do not eat chocolate.

How will you nourish yourself this Valentine’s Day?

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