Posted at: 02/07/2012 11:14 AM
Healthy Treats for your Sweet
Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Jen Haugen will show viewers the healthiest treats for your sweetheart!
Heart-healthy treats for your sweet:
Relax in the dark (chocolate that is): The cocoa content in chocolate matters – make sure it is at least 60%. By having a higher content of cocoa in your chocolate you will also have more antioxidants that can help relax your blood vessels and help lower blood pressure.
Go nuts: Another treat that offers extensive heart-health benefits are nuts. Nuts are full of good-for-you fats that cholesterol-lowering and filling with protein. Go for walnuts, pecans, peanuts or almonds.
Get fruity: Decadent, sweet and smooth, combine all three (dark chocolate, nuts and fruit) for a real treat! Melt dark chocolate and drizzle over strawberries, kiwis, raspberries or any fruit. Extra antioxidants and flavor!
Fill your heart with love: Empty out a heart-shaped box of chocolates and fill with your favorite healthy options from your heart.
Get creative: Re-use that heart-shaped box for a creative serving plate for the kids on Valentine’s Day. Fill with heart-healthy options (cherry tomatoes, strawberries, crackers, cheese, nuts, dried fruit).
Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.
Jen is a member of the American and Minnesota Dietetic Associations.