Anyone armed with a heart-shaped cookie cutter make a meal worthy for Valentine's Day. Toast can be made with a heart-shaped fried egg inside. Lunch's sandwich can be cut into a heart. Desserts from brownies to Jell-O can be heart-shaped.
But, heart shapes are not the only way to celebrate food-wise. Families can celebrate with red and pink foods and even with foods that are heart-healthy.
Heart disease is the top killer of women, and health problems associated with heart disease are growing with children, so it makes sense to sneak in foods that take care of the hearts in the family in Valentine's Day meals. Foods like eggs, tomatoes, apples, nuts and grains help keep the heart healthy, according to the American Heart Association.
The morning can be started with special Valentine Eggs, made with taco night leftovers. Lunch can go fun with inspiration from a local restaurant. Dinner can stay basic with special dessert shake. These meal ideas are not approved by the American Heart Association, but do incorporate foods -eggs, tomatoes, hazelnuts and grains- that help keep the heart healthy.
The best part? It's likely little extra shopping is needed for these meals, they aren't expensive and they are easy to make.
Check the list for information on how to make the meals.
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