Celebrating with Food and Loved Ones:
We visualize the month of February with pictures of hearts, roses and people displaying love and affection for one another. We go out to dinner eating various foods and most definitely chocolate, but how many of us stop to think that February is National Heart Healthy Month.
Foods for Your HEALTHY Heart:
Magnesium has been shown to be one of the most important minerals for your heart as it affects the ability of blood vessels to dilate and relax. Potassium is another mineral that can positively assist your heart in maintaining its health.
Did You Know?
“Heart disease and strokes are among the top 5 leading causes of death for women”, AV Hospital
A Quick Reference for you:
Bottom Line! Potassium and Magnesium are two of the most important minerals for your heart. Combining them together seems to have a synergistic additive effect on controlling blood pressure.
One caveat – before increasing the amount of these minerals especially if you have a history of kidney problems, consult your physician.
|Potassium||cantaloupe (2x the amount in bananas), squashes, avocados, tomatoes, figs, oatmeal, blueberries, red bell pepper, oranges, salmon, tuna, crab, DARK chocolate, cocoa, fresh raw coconut meat, sweet potato, cherries, pistachio, plums, eggs, macadamia, hazel nuts, Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds, beet greens, broccoli, Blackstrap molasses, Halibut, chicken breast, apricots, raisin, dried uncooked peaches,|
|Magnesium||lentils, cashews, almonds, spinach, Swiss chard, oatmeal, wheat germ, brown rice, blueberries, papaya, DARK chocolate, cocoa, carrots, sweet potato, pistachio, dark green vegetables, eggs, macadamia, Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds,|
Suggested Recipe Ingredients by Date
Show your family some love all month long with heart healthy dishes! The amount of potassium and magnesium varies by ingredient and how prepared which may require combining several ingredients to get the maximum mineral amount as well as maximum absorption.
|DATE||NATIONAL DAY OF||HEART HEALTHY INGREDIETS|
|1||Baked Alaska||Dark chocolate, cocoa chips, eggs, coconut|
|3||Carrot Cake||Carrots, walnuts, coconut meat shredded, eggs|
|4||Homemade soup||Tomatoes, red bell peppers, lentils, dark green vegetables|
|7||Fettuccine Alfredo||Vegetable pasta, shredded carrots, dark green vegetables|
|9||Cream Cheese Brownie||Dark chocolate, cocoa, pistachio,|
|10||Peppermint Patty||Dark chocolate|
|11||Plum Pudding||Plum, brown rice, almond milk, coconut meat|
|14||Valentine Day||Dark chocolate, cocoa,|
|18||Crab Stuffed Flounder
& Drink Wine
|Crab, spinach, red wine|
|19||Chocolate Mint||Dark chocolate|
|20||Cherry Pie||Cherry, egg|
|22||Cook a Sweet Potato||Sweet potato, walnut|
|23||Banana Bread||Banana, oatmeal|
|24||Tortilla Chip||Vegetable chips|
|26||Pistachio||Pistachio, coconut, papaya|
|Cream, strawberries, Kahlua|
|28||Chocolate Soufflé||Dark chocolate,|
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About Dr. (Hon.) Charmène M. Vega aka Mama Vega
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