Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart, but a proper diet and regular physical activity can be the key to a healthy heart. At Second Harvest, we work to make our communities healthy and hunger-free. And this Valentine’s Day, our Nutrition Services team wants to encourage you to indulge your sweetheart with a heart-healthy gift or date and share some tips:
Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips
Cook at home – it's an excellent way to control the quality and amounts of what you eat. Take a date to a local cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique. Then, prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at home.
Sharing is caring – if you do go out for a romantic dinner date, order one entrée to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two – splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
Take it slow – if you were gifted a luxurious box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the fridge or freezer and enjoy in moderation over several weeks.
Know before you go – make it a point next time you go out to eat to look up the nutrition information for the restaurant you’re going to (most major chains have this online) and note the nutrition information for what you plan or usually order. Just knowing what you’re eating is a good step in the right direction.
Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, gathering wood for a fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock wall.
Indulge your sweet side with “Fudgy Fruit”- https://www.choosemyplate.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/fudgy-fruit
Transport yourself to Italy with “Pesto Penne”- https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/pesto-penne/#gs.w7a8qq
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