One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a delicious candlelit dinner with the one you love. And since hearts are the official symbol of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about a heart-healthy mineral you should incorporate into your dinner this year – iron!
Why Is Iron So Important?
Iron’s main role is to help carry oxygen from your lungs to your muscles and other organs. Since it’s a muscle, your heart needs oxygen to function properly.
That’s why diets low in iron can cause fatigue, headaches, and irritability. And who wants that?
Iron has huge benefits when it comes to your heart, so choosing foods that are high in iron will help keep your heart (and hopefully your love♥) going strong.
How To Make Your Dinner Heart Healthy?
Try super-charge your heart and your cooking with some iron-rich meals!
Read on to see what heart-healthy foods you can eat.
If you and your special someone fancy seafood then look no further than shellfish for appetizers.
Clams, mollusks, oysters, and mussels make mouth-watering appetizers and can come with their own serving tray for sharing.
Here’s an easy recipe for steamed mussels that is going to be delicious and full of iron for you.
Another heart-healthy mineral you can target is magnesium. (You can learn all about magnesium here 😀)
If seafood isn’t your thing then making a delicious salad with high levels of magnesium is going to be a great thing for your heart.
In fact, some doctors say that we, as a nation, could cut our instances of heart disease in half if we included more magnesium in our diet!
For hints, check out this recipe for a tasty Spinach Salad.
For the Entrée, you’re going to have a handful of iron-filled options.
Beef and turkey are going to be a delicious way to incorporate more iron into your diet, so if you want to do a steak dinner, go for it!
Red meat and soy are both rich in iron, so be creative.
You can also try some roasted asparagus as a side because that’s a delicious side dish that helps make your dinner pop.
For dessert, it’s okay to splurge a little. Yeah, you want to be healthy, but come on – it’s Valentine’s Day!
And yes, you can even get iron from your dessert! Good sources include strawberries and dark chocolate.
There are also some dessert foods that are high in Vitamin B and Potassium, which are great heart-healthy minerals as well.
You could bake your loved one a delicious sweet potato pie, or if you’re looking for simple, yet tasty, try some chocolate-dipped fruits like bananas.
Heart Healthy Recipes
Remember, eating healthy doesn’t always mean eating what you don’t like. Find a recipe that you’ll love this valentines day on our healthy recipes blog.
Indulge in a delicious Valentine’s dinner and make it a heart-healthy holiday!