LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), a global nutrition company, in honor of Valentine’s Day, is recommending new traditions by encouraging couples to prepare heart-healthy meals and exercise together.
“A healthy heart is the product of balanced nutrition and exercise,” says Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, director, Worldwide Nutrition Education, Herbalife. “You can easily prepare a delicious meal featuring heart-healthy foods—a meal that you and that someone special in your life will love this Valentine’s Day, and any day of the year for that matter.”
Research shows that healthy habits, including diet and exercise, are best developed and maintained when accompanied by a support structure that values and reinforces those habits.
Bowerman continues, “When people exercise together, they become accountable to each other.”
Bowerman offered up heart-healthy meal planning tips for Valentine’s Day including:
• Champagne and wine are fine celebratory drinks, in moderation, as they contain natural antioxidants from grapes. As an alternative, you can make a festive non-alcoholic drink by adding a splash of 100% fruit juice to sparkling water. Red-purple juices like 100% grape and pomegranate juice are rich in polyphenols, naturally occurring compounds in the fruit, which help to increase blood flow and support healthy blood pressure.
• Then let yourself go “a little nuts.” Tree nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios are rich in compounds called phytosterols that can help keep cholesterol in check. Try toasting them lightly in the oven or a dry frying pan to bring out their natural flavor. Then sprinkle them on top of steamed vegetables for a great side dish, or add them to your salad.
• For the main event, grill fresh fish. Fish is generally low in total fat and saturated fat. Fish is also one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to control the levels of certain fats in the blood, like triglycerides and cholesterol.
• Finally, no Valentine’s Day would be complete without a little bit of chocolate. Naturally occurring compounds in cocoa, called flavonoids, act as antioxidants. The darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids, so enjoy a bite of dark chocolate to finish your meal. For a doubly healthy dessert, drizzle some melted bittersweet chocolate over fresh berries. The natural red-purple pigments that give berries their beautiful color act as antioxidants, too.