THIS Valentine’s Day, the Heart Foundation is throwing out the challenge for couples to ‘keep it fresh’ and romance their loved one with some of the delicious seasonal foods on offer in February.
“Whether you are planning a gourmet extravaganza or just sharing a treat, popping some fresh, red food on the plate will tick all the boxes,” Imelda Lynch, CEO Heart Foundation SA, said.
“We know red is the colour of passion but when it comes to fresh produce it is also a sign that it is full of the nutrients that encourage a healthy heart and vitality,” Ms Lynch added.
“So why not make the colour red the ‘hero’ of your Valentine’s Day meal?” she said.
“If you want to create a dish that is going to pack a punch in the romance stakes – go for fresh foods that are attractive, tasty and nutrient rich.”
Seasonal red foods currently in the South Australian market are: strawberries; raspberries; chillies; rhubarb; grapefruit; plums; watermelon; lychees; capsicums and beetroot.
And once the meal is over? Physical activity is good for your heart as well – so time to grab your partner’s hand and go for a walk or dance to some songs that are special to you.
“Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate your relationship and also remember that our hearts need a little loving as well,” said Ms Lynch.
Fresh red food recipes to entice your Valentine:
For heart health information call 1300 36 27 87 or visit heartfoundation.org.au