Donna's Family Health: Twist on Valentine's Treats

Donna's Family Health: Twist on Valentine's Treats

You can still have sweets by choosing some healthier options.
If you can't decide what to get your sweetie for Valentine's Day, how about something healthy?

Instead of chocolates, cupcakes and candy, imagine this: dark chocolate drizzled on fruit and nuts.
You have to admit, it sounds good, and it's healthier too.

"Nuts are a great source of what we call the heart-healthy fats, the unsaturated fats, such as the monounsaturated and the polyunsaturated fats. Things like almonds, walnuts, and cashews are really great heart healthy choices and if you wanted to do some nuts, as well as drizzled with some dark chocolate, it's a great addition for Valentine's Day," says dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic with Eat Right, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Another option is vanilla yogurt parfaits.

Just layer your favorite fruit in between dollops of yogurt.

Be careful with the serving size on all of these options because they all have a lot of fat and calories.

A suggestion from the American Heart Association challenges you to put the salt shaker down.

If you do, it could save your life. The advice is to cut back little by little, not all at once and it's not just the salt you put on your food. It's also salt that's already in some of the commercially-prepared and processed foods you eat.

It's believed that if all Americans cut a small amount of salt from their diets, it could reduce overall salt intake by 40-percent and save up to a half-million lives.

Your life could be one of them.

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