Insider’s Viewpoint: 3 Heart-Loving Foods for Your Valentine’s Day Menu
It’s very fitting that Valentine’s Day falls in the same month as American Heart Month. If you are cooking dinner this Valentine’s Day, show some love for both your special someone and your heart by incorporating these 3 foods into your dinner menu.
When I think of heart health, salmon is usually one of the first foods that come to mind. It’s loaded with omega-3s, is high in protein, and has a rich and flavorful taste. Intimidated by cooking salmon? Check out the no-fuss recipe below that’s ready in less than 15 minutes.
Avocados are high in potassium, which is a nutrient that can help naturally lower blood pressure levels. They are also known as the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, making them one of the best foods for heart health. Slice them and add to a side salad or mash them up and use instead of butter or oil in a baking recipe for a heart-healthy boost.
Also high in potassium and filled with antioxidants and fiber, strawberries are a sweet way to end a special dinner. Dip fresh strawberries in dark chocolate for a festive and satisfying dessert. Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao for the most heart-heathy benefits.
Broiled Salmon over Cucumber Salad
- 1 English seeded cucumber, halved crosswise
- ½ small white onion, thinly sliced into rings
- 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 4 (4-5 ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. lemon & pepper seasoning
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ cup light sour cream
- ½ tsp fresh chopped dill, plus sprigs for garnish
- Lemon slices (optional garnish)
- In a small bowl, with vegetable peeler, cut thin slices from each cucumber half up to seed portion. Stir in onion, vinegar, 1 teaspoon oil, salt and black pepper; refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat broiler to high and place oven rack 4 to 5 inches from broiler. Coat both sides of salmon with remaining oil and lemon juice and season with lemon pepper seasoning and garlic powder; broil 8 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix sour cream and dill; spread evenly over salmon. Broil 3 minutes more or until topping is lightly browned, salmon is opaque throughout and internal temperature reaches 145° F. Serve over cucumber salad and garnish with lemon and dill.
Erin Dunleavy, MS, RDN, LDN
Weis Markets, Inc.