Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes for Two!

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Who needs a fancy restaurant when you have romantic Valentine’s Day recipes of your own? Making your own Valentine’s meals puts you in control of their nutritional content. What better day to look after your heart than on Valentine’s Day? Heart-healthy recipes contain ingredients that manage cholesterol and keep your blood vessels clear. Check out these heart-healthy Valentine’s Day recipes for two.

Breakfast:

Slow Cooker Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Nutty Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

This crock pot oatmeal recipe features oats and flax seeds, both high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, which help control cholesterol. Walnuts and almonds are also sources of omega-3’s, as well as folate, a B vitamin that helps keep blood vessels clear. Blueberries top this off with the antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene, which help prevent oxidative damage to the blood vessels.

Scale this recipe down by about 2/3 if you only want enough for two; otherwise, stick to the recommended measurements and enjoy comforting leftovers for days!

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This alternative oatmeal recipe gives you fiber and antioxidants. (And chocolate in the morning!)

Breakfast Yogurt Parfait

What’s sexier than parfait? By choosing a granola with plenty of oats and nuts and adding blueberries as a fruit component, you’ll make this a low-fat and heart-healthy breakfast to enjoy with your Valentine.

Lunch:

Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing

Aside from its brilliant color, salmon is perhaps best known for its high omega-3 content, making it an optimal protein for combating high cholesterol. Combine it with fiber-packed greens for a satisfying lunch.

Greek Rice Stuffed Peppers

This lunch recipe packs in fiber with brown rice, peppers, and carrots. Brown rice also contains niacin, a B vitamin that boosts HDL, otherwise known as the good cholesterol. Carrots deliver carotene, an antioxidant that promotes clean blood vessels. Choose red bell peppers for a big dose of carotene and lutein.

To make for two, simply use two large peppers and reduce other ingredients by about 2/3.

Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad

This blueberry chicken salad combines lean protein with fiber-filled vegetables and fruit. Using baby spinach for the greens will pack in the lutein, folate, and fiber. Along with blueberries and slivered almonds, this recipe helps check cholesterol and keep your vessels healthy.

Halve the recipe for two portions.

Dinner:

Orange Glazed Salmon With Wilted Kale

Orange Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale

The omega-3’s in salmon help manage cholesterol. Orange juice delivers an antioxidant hit with lutein and beta-carotene. Use low-sodium soy sauce and spinach in place of kale to maximize heart benefits.

Halve this recipe for two portions.

Spicy Grilled Tofu with Szechuan Vegetables

Perfect for the vegetarian or tofu-loving couple. Tofu contains niacin and folate, along with other nutrients important for heart health including potassium and magnesium. Red bell peppers bring antioxidants to the dish.

Halve this recipe for two portions.

Dessert:

Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

This bread pudding allows lovers with a sweet tooth to indulge while being good to their hearts. Dark chocolate contains cocoa phenols and resveratrol, two powerful antioxidants that help keep your vessels clear. Include walnuts and almond milk to maximize heart-healthiness.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash

For those who enjoy a bit more spice with their sweet, check out this spiced sweet potato mash. Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene and fiber. Top with walnuts instead of pecans to boost heart benefits.

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