Just because Valentine’s Day is over and Heart Health Month is coming to a close doesn’t mean that the romance has to end! No matter what you decide to do, any time you spend with your sweetheart will be good for you. However, if you want to step it up for a heart-healthy year, give these five date ideas a try!
Set the tone for your date early in the day and make your partner a nutrient-rich surprise with this breakfast smoothie recipe that you’ll both love!
Take one medium roasted beet (peeled), two cups of berries of your choice, one cup of plain yogurt, and a half cup of orange juice. Put all of these ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add some all-natural honey for an added dash of sweetness.
Who wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning with a delicious smoothie made by their significant other? Be sure to pour an extra glass for yourself to enjoy as well! This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that can help you start your day on a heart-healthy note.
According to the American Heart Association, walking helps lower bad cholesterol levels and decreases the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Spice up your steps with a scenic stroll in the park with your loved one. It’s a free and easy way to add some romance and exercise to your day. You can even finish your walk with a heart-healthy picnic. Consider adding vegetarian sandwiches, high-fiber salads, and fruit to your picnic basket to stay on the right path to a happy heart. Need help filling the basket? Check out Kate Morin’s 21 Recipes to Take Your Picnic to the Next Level!
Heart-healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, especially when you’re making it with someone you love. Try looking for recipes that use protein-packed lean meats, fiber-filled veggies, and sodium-free herbs and seasoning blends. Having trouble finding a heart-healthy recipe? Give this paprika chicken recipe from Eating Well a try! As an added bonus, you typically burn 1-2 calories per minute while cooking. Hey, every little bit counts!
If you and your better half have a favorite song, play it and start dancing! Nothing says romance like a slow dance after dinner. In fact, low-intensity movements 15 minutes after a meal can help the body regulate blood sugar levels. Whether dancing at home or in a class nearby, have a bit of post-meal movement in mind for you and your partner.
Of course, pickleball is a great date idea. Why? Well, not only will you be getting in your 30 minutes of daily activity and working towards your 10,000-a-day step goal, you’ll also have fun and spend quality time with the one you love! Similar to dancing, pickleball is a full-body, low-impact exercise that is perfect for couples and families. If you want to add a little friendly competition to your date, consider inviting another couple and give Pickle-lygomy a try!
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