Just because you want to celebrate Valentine's Day doesn't mean you should mistreat your heart by going overboard on chocolates and rich foods. This year treat your body right and try out some of these heart healthy Valentine's Day recipes!
Whole Grain Happy Heart Pancakes
Breakfast in bed will always be a sweet treat on Valentine's Day. Here is a healthier twist to a tasty traditional breakfast!
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg plus 1 additional egg white
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
*pick yourself up a heart-shaped metal cookie cutter for extra Valentine's points!
Yields 12 pancakes
- In a small bowl, mix together flour, oats, cornmeal, baking powder, and baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and brown sugar. Once blended, add in dry mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Place your metal heart cookie cutter on your skillet and fill with your batter. Cook over medium heat, flipping when the surface of your pancakes bubble. (Remove cookie cutter with tongs or while wearing an oven mit!)
- Serve to your sweetheart with a pureed unsweetened berry and syrup mixture and fresh fruit for an even healthier option!
Spicy Blueberry Salsa
This is a quick and easy, not to mention fresh, dish to throw together and have during a movie or throughout your day!
- 1 cup ripe blueberries
- 1 small red onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup basil leaves
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- dash salt
- Chop ingredients to desired salsa texture, and combine in a bowl.
- Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.
Baked Maple Glazed Salmon
Boost your Omega 3 intake with this flavor-filled salmon fillet. Pair with grilled asparagus and leave dinner feeling full, content and confident in your healthy decision.
- 2-4 salmon fillets
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- dash salt
- dash pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- In a baking dish, cover salmon with a mixture of maple syrup, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Cover with foil and refrigerate for up to an hour, flipping fillets over once, while the marinade soaks in.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the salmon, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Mini Berry Cakes
This Valentine's Day dessert gives you the sweetness you might be craving while focusing on the natural flavor of fresh berries. Also, since they are mini, you won't have to fight the urge to take one too many bites.
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries, strawberries, etc.
Yields 2-3 mini cakes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep mini ramekin dishes by coating with non-stick cooking spray. Place them on a cookie sheet to prevent batter spilling over during baking. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, vanilla, and salt until frothy. Add milk and whisk to combine. Mix in flour and baking powder until smooth.
- Fill ramekins with mixed berries. Pour batter over berries (which will not be completely covered), and bake for 20 minutes (or until they are golden brown).
- Serve warm with any extra berries on the side.
Sample these heart healthy recipes and enjoy your Valentine's Day without the day-after guilt of indulging in too many unhealthy foods!