Red-Hot and Healthy Food for Your Valentine’s Day

Healthy Valentines Day Foods

Romancing with food

Dinner for two? Rather than going out to eat this Valentine’s Day, consider staying in and creating a red-themed menu comprised of nutritious and aphrodisiac-packed food for you and your loved one. That way, you’ll be able to get the benefits of eating healthy, homemade fare while spending quality time with each other. To assist you in your menu decision-making, I’ve put together a selection of in-the-mood food for your romantic holiday:

Cherry Charmer

Whether sweet or sour, fresh cherries contain many antioxidants that help reduce belly fat, prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower the signs of aging. Cherries also boost melatonin and lower body temperature which can increase your time spent in bed. Try two tablespoons of tart cherry juice as a tasty sleep aid, leaving more cuddle time with your significant other. Also consider these delicious cherry-loaded recipes for you and your valentine:

  • Cherry, wild rice and quinoa salad
  • Pork medallions with cherry sauce
  • Cherry cheesecake shooters
  • Cherry mojitos

 

Strawberry Satisfaction

Strawberries are jam-packed (get it?) with vitamin C and folate, which helps improve eye and prenatal health, prevent cancer, fight wrinkles and reduce inflammation. Wondering how to indulge in this sweet fruit on Valentine’s Day? Whip up some chocolate-covered strawberries for you and your other half, but make sure to use dark chocolate because it has been shown to cause a spike in dopamine, inducing feelings of pleasure. You should try these other tasty dishes, too:
  • Filet mignon and balsamic strawberries
  • Spinach and strawberry salad
  • Strawberry parfaits
  • Strawberry and avocado salsa

Savor the Spice

Cayenne pepper contains antifungal properties, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese and flavonoids, which boosts metabolism and helps the brain release endorphins. This red Guinea spice also contains capsaicin, an active component that brings upon the hotness and causes your mucus membranes to react. Try these savory recipes to spice up your romantic night:

  • Spicy beef chili
  • Blackened chicken with fettuccine alfredo
  • Cayenne-candied bacon
  • Cajun shrimp and rice

Tomato Temptation

Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes—whatever your heart desires this Valentine’s day, keep in mind that you’ll be consuming a great amount of antioxidants that lower total cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and support bone health. To get the right amount of vitamins, folate and potassium from this juicy and fat-free food, consider making these delicious meals for your special night:

  • Fresh bruschetta
  • Caprese salad
  • Pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil
  • Pizza with homemade marinara sauce

Pomegranate Power

Pomegranate is an exotic, vibrantly colored fruit that is recognized for its antioxidant, antiviral and antitumor properties. Such antioxidants have been known to prevent cancer and heart disease, improve blood flow and aid in weight management. So, what’s an effective way to incorporate this red fruit into your Valentine’s Day-inspired menu? Here are some ideas:

  • Pomegranate martini
  • Lamb kebabs with pomegranate-cumin glaze
  • Roasted brussel sprouts with pomegranate seeds
  • Pomegranate guacamole

 

Pepper Passion

Red foods to spice up your Valentine's Day and why red peppers should be on your grocery list ;)
Sweet red bell peppers are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that promote growth and development, and keep your cells feeling healthy and happy. In fact, red peppers have more beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C than the green ones. This delicious red food is good for snacking, dipping, roasting, steaming or adding to a stir-fry. Try these recipes for a nutritious and hearty Valentine’s Day:
  • Quinoa-stuffed red peppers
  • Roasted red pepper pasta
  • Sweet pepper poppers
  • Creamy red pepper and cauliflower soup

The Gurus of HealingRadius hope you and your other half enjoy a cozy night in with these tasty treats. You can also refer to this list beyond February 14—whenever you feel the need to excite your companion and add a little romance to the evening.

 

 
That’s amore!

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