Chances are you may receive some sweets from a sweetheart or another loved one this Valentine’s Day!

While savoring a sugary treat from time to time isn’t terrible, it’s important to keep your heart’s health in mind while snacking. Certain foods (such as walnuts, chickpeas, and fruits) have been medically proven to decrease your chance of heart disease while sugars and fatty foods tend to increase your chances.

But don’t worry! Your taste buds can still enjoy a delicious (and nutritious) snack! There are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy foods into your favorite treats. Take a look at some scrumptious ideas:

Ranch and Veggies: This snack is quick and refreshing! Cut up some carrots, celery, broccoli, green peppers and tomatoes, and pair it with some lite ranch dressing! Any lite dressing works for dipping, but ranch dressing is a great source of calcium.

Berries and Cherries: This treat is perfect when you are craving something sweet! These fruits are high in polyphenols, which prevent cell damage that creates an unhealthy heart and blood vessels. Add some berries to your morning whole-grain oatmeal, or low-fat yogurt.

Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce: Mix fresh applesauce (unflavored) with maple syrup and a little bit of cinnamon. This healthy dessert is great for any time of the day. Your heart AND your taste buds will approve!

Do you have a healthy-heart recipe? Share your favorites with us by commenting below or by sharing on our Facebook and Twitter pages!


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