February is the time for hearts, loving ourselves and others, and a great season for warming, nourishing foods. The heart is more than just a muscle (or a place where we feel twitters around that someone special) but an important facilitator of communication TO the brain and rest of the body. Researchers at the Heart Math Institute now understand that “The heart-brain’s neural circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain to learn, remember, make decisions and even feel and sense.” So, be sure to nourish this intelligent and communicative part of our body with special care during this month of the heart and beyond. Enjoy some of these heart supporting recipes and eat in good health.
Lentil Salad with Roasted Beets
The lentils in this robust collection of flavors make for a happy heart by helping to lower cholesterol and the iron in these discs of delight help oxygen flow easily through the body. Beets are a great source of potassium which supports the heart and its intelligent nerve transmission.
Almond Date Bars
This healthy treat is a great way to express love to yourself or someone special! The almonds provide good fiber and protein, which can help lower blood pressure. The dates are a wonderful way to enjoy something sweet with some fiber helping to reduce cholesterol. As an added bonus, the antioxidants in the dark chocolate may help decrease risk for heart disease. Whip these up and enjoy some sweetness in your life!
Buckwheat Waffles with Ricotta and Citrus
This is a great recipe to jump start your day with complex carbohydrates to keep the blood flowing, protein in the ricotta cheese to maintain blood sugar, and the joy of blood oranges to add antioxidants this February, keeping your whole system humming. Remember—breakfast is really one of the most important meals of the day as it sets the rhythm for blood sugar, hormone regulation and brain focus. Eat up and have a great day!