This February 14, 2017 is a day for Hearts galore, chocolate covered ones, red candy ones, gummi hearts, hearts on t shirts hearts on windows on cards and even on mirrors written in lipstick!
It’s a time for sweethearts to share their devotion and admirers to gush their secret feelings. Time for longtime sweethearts to remember the zip in their step when they first brushed hands and the tingle in their toes when the first whisk around the dance floor was complete.
It’s a time for the kids to get into Mom’s chocolates and Dad’s everywhere to rush in for roses and wine to grocery stores across America. Cards will rush from shelves filled with emotion and handed to a beloved with a kiss and a hug.
It’s the Perfect time to remember the heart for more than it’s chocolate covered magazine appeal. The heart, the actual one, the one that can soar with Happiness, break from Love lost and skip a beat with excitement. Our one and only Heart that supports use through our years of a diet filled with honey buns and mountain dews, eaten at 2am while studying in college (my old fav), too many pizzas (for breakfast) too many sausage biscuits and gravy and way too many frozen dinners.
Our hearts beat an estimated 80 beats per minute thats 4,800 beats an hour. Over the course of 1 year your heart will beat an estimated 42,048,000 beats! That’s a LOT of work. We usually give it little to no thought, until we have heart burn or somebody jumps out and scares us!
Lets take a few minutes and give ourselves a Valentines Day gift. Lets give our ticker a little bit of TLC on this Valentines Day and include, among the chocolate hearts, some of the top foods that are very healthy for our hearts.
After all The Kitchen is The Heart of The Home
The Top 5 Foods that are Healthy for Your Heart
1.) Avocado- Full of fiber and healthy fat, the avocado will help lower the LDL and raise the HDL. The good fat in the avocado is great for keeping you satisfied and is easy to blend into your morning smoothie to help cut the sweet from berries it will help your smoothie digest more slowly and not elevate your blood sugar. Also helping absorb carotenoids which are essential for heart health.
2.) Wild (that’s important) Salmon- full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids will help lower blood pressure, always choose wild salmon as the farm raised salmon is packed with antibiotics, and pesticides. If you aren’t on the I Love Salmon bandwagon, choose instead to eat sardines, mackerel, tuna or herring, they also have great heart benefits.
3.) Extra Virgin Olive Oils- We love this one! Use only Extra Virgin as it is full of monounsaturated fats which lowers LDL Cholesterol and raises HDL Cholesterol. It has been shown to lower triglycerides and blood pressure. The extra virgin is important as it has not been processed so it holds all it’s antioxidants which is the power plant of this food.
Our Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oils (The Splash) are fresh as fresh can be, we make our oils every 90 days and date mark them when they are made. If you want the best health results from your olive oils, we believe, Fresh is Best!
4.) Legumes- Beans Beans the musical fruit the more you eat the more you….well you know how that goes! Beans are full of fiber and Omega-3 Fatty Acids they are bulking as well to keep you full which goes a long way towards helping you not to mow down Wanda in the hallway at work trying to fight her for that last Hostess Ding Dong in the vending machine!
Chef Secret: If you cook your beans with a bit of seaweed in the pot it will help cut down on the Musical part of the beans…as will soaking the beans before you cook.
5.) Berries- All kinds of wonderful berries to choose from whether its an Organic strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry or blackberries. Berries are full of antioxidants to help fight inflammation. Full of fiber as well and a great way to have a sweet treat without the sugar spike. I love to freeze my blueberries and grab a few frozen ones as a sweet treat, the freezing of the berries seems to intensify the sweetness. If you are in the mood for a quick treat add a bit of organic yogurt with the frozen blueberries it’s a wonderful treat.
Health Tip: Always pick organic berries as the berries skins are very thin and we eat them with the skins on, berries are highly sprayed with pesticides as the little bugs love to nibble berries. Aldi has great Organic Blueberries and Strawberries in the frozen section and have as of late increased their offering of lots of different organic fruits and veggies.
A great recipe for heart health is cook your salmon in Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil, I love the Lime on salmon but the Hot or Original is luscious also. After you cook it top with slices of avocado and blueberries and serve over a salad of Organic Baby greens and drizzle with the Original Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil and a bit of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and a bit of honey, you just may fall in love.
But that’s what Valentines Day is for right? Fall in love with Heart Health Today!
Take good care,
Miriam and Kristi
I don’t cook anything without my (Vigoa Splash), chicken, eggs, asparagus, steak, potatoes, onions. It doesn’t matter, if it don’t eat me first, I’m puttin Splash on it!-Fred
This is so good it made me do a handstand.-Shyla (age 6)
My son was so excited to see you all were going to be here. He’s so picky (14 yrs old) but he loves your oils! Jackie (MA)
The American Heart Association is always posting healthy recipes as well, If you use the twitter hashtag #lifeiswhy you will come up with all kinds of ideas.
We will be in Coquina Beach this week in the middle of the week for a show on Feb. 15-16 it’s not far from Anna Maria Island a beautiful area we would love to see you, Wed or Thurs.
If you can’t make it there we will also be in The Villages at Lake Sumter this weekend Sat.-Sun. 10-5 Feb. 18-19
we would love to see you again, take good care and if you have friends or family that would love this good heart information, please share with them. We also now offer the 10.00 Flat Rate Shipping on our website for 6 bottles of Canary Island Olive Oils, anywhere in the Continental U.S. http://www.vigoacuisine.com