Healthy Heart: Perfect Valentine's Meal

By Suzanne Proulx

February 11, 2013 Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Valentine's Day is a holiday of the heart! Instead of dining out, celebrate your sweetheart with a heart-healthy home-cooked meal.

For the main entrée, prepare the Honey Dijon Glazed Salmon featured in Healthy Bites magazine volume #59. The salmon is first seared in a skillet, then topped with the sweet and savory honey Dijon glaze and finished in the oven-so easy! The American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3 rich fish like salmon twice per week.

Main entrée-check! Now, what's on the side?

Place the salmon on bed of dark leafy greens with whole-grain pasta or brown rice. Both leafy greens and whole grains supply nutrients that ease cell inflammation that may increase heart disease risk.

Is there a beverage pairing for dinner?

Pour 4 oz of red wine or try a glass of refreshing concord grape juice.
Many of the plant nutrients in Concord grapes are the same as those found in red wine and more than a decade's worth of research suggests that drinking 100 percent grape juice made with Concord grapes can help support a healthy heart.

What's for dessert?

Valentine's Day wouldn't be Valentine's Day without chocolate and chocolate CAN be good for your heart! Flavanol antioxidants in cocoa beans help protect the arteries to promote a healthy heart. Look for chocolate with 70 percent cocoa and keep it simple. Choose chocolates without caramel, coconut or nuts for calorie control. And remember to enjoy just a small piece or two. Or for a doubly sweet and heart-healthy treat, try dark-chocolate covered strawberries.

For the Honey Dijon Glazed Salmon recipe and more heart healthy tips pick up volume 59 of the Healthy Bites magazine at all Weis Markets stores and weismarkets.com