From hearts to roses, chocolate’s popularity at Valentine’s Day is evident. Chocolate may be the way to your loved one’s heart, but what about that heart-healthy eating plan?
The good news. Recent studies have found that chocolate is loaded with catechins, an antioxidant. Catechins are believed to protect directly against cardiovascular disease, as well as having beneficial effects on the immune system.
The bad news. Chocolate is still high in fat, saturated fat and calories, so planning is the key to having your chocolate – and enjoying a healthful eating plan, too. If you can’t live without your Valentine’s chocolate, skip other high-fat foods or choose lower-fat versions of milk, cheese or salad dressings. Learning to balance high- and low-fat foods allows you to have the foods that are close to your heart, while keeping it healthy. Another option is to try a lower fat chocolate candy, but remember to check the label to be sure you’re saving calories.
On the Menu
Serve your Valentine up something special. Try this low-fat recipe and serve with a fresh flower arrangement from Hy-Vee’s floral shop!
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (https://www.hy-vee.com/recipes-ideas/recipes/chocolate-covered-strawberries)
All you need
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon water
1 pound strawberries, washed and dried
All you do
Whisk first four ingredients together in a small saucepan. Over low heat, stir just until boiling.
Remove from heat. Dip strawberry tips in chocolate sauce. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
About the author.
Holly Ellison, RD, LD | Riverfront Hy-Vee Dietitian
507.625.1107 | HEllison@hy-vee.com