February is American Heart Month. Celebrate your heart – and romance – with these heart healthy recipes from the American Heart Association, as seen in the February 2017 issue of Your AAA. (We threw in a few extras as our Valentine’s Day gift to you!) You won’t be able to help falling in love with these flavorful dishes.
Savory heart healthy recipes
Creamy spinach feta dip: Spinach, fat-free yogurt and feta cheese all give loads of flavor to this nutritious appetizer. Served with fresh pita, this dip weighs in at less than 65 calories per serving.
Tuna nicoise in lettuce cups: This light dish can serve as a perfect spring lunch. The French standby gets a healthy makeover with low-sodium tuna, while hard-boiled eggs pump up the protein content and chopped red onion and cherry tomatoes add color and crunch.
Chicken piccata: This simple recipe puts a wholesome spin on an Italian favorite by using low-sodium chicken stock, no-salt seasoning and whole-wheat pasta.
Sweet heart healthy recipes
Apple nachos: Nachos? Healthy? This version is. Layer apple slices, cranberries or raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and peanut butter and honey for a sweet, healthy snack that’s perfect for the after-school crowd.
Banana split berry yogurt parfaits: The classic banana split is transformed into a nutritious, yet still decadent, dessert option. Substitute yogurt for ice cream, introduce granola and extra fruit, and top it off with homemade chocolate sauce.
Do you have any favorite heart healthy recipes? Share them in the comments below. We’ll love them, we swear!
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