Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager
SAN ANTONIO (February 13, 2018) – With Valentine’s Day around the corner, does the thought of impressing your crush get your heart racing? February is American Heart Month and we have a few tips on how you can impress the ones you love with heart-healthy dining tips and recipes that will not disappoint!
When dining out this Valentine’s Day, Metro Health encourages you to use the following tips to ensure your date night is a healthy one:
- Order a balanced meal including lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Consider healthy substitutions for sides: ask for a small salad, steamed vegetables, a baked potato, or fruit cup.
- Request dressings, sauces, gravies, and butters on the side so that you are in control of the portion size you eat.
- Control large portion sizes by eating a smaller portion and bringing the rest home as leftovers—or consider splitting a meal with your date!
- Eat slowly so that your brain has time to tell your stomach when you are full.
- Share! Order only one dessert with two forks. Savor each bite and you may find that one or two bites is perfect.
This Valentine’s Day, also consider expressing your love with your culinary skills by preparing a healthy meal at home.
Metro Health reminds you of some health benefits when eating at home:
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e, when you cook at home, you likely consume 200 calories less than when eating out.
- Meals made at home often contain less salt and sugar – when you cook at home, try cutting the amount of salt called for by the recipe in half.
- You can spend more time with your family – have the kids help with dinner preparation. It is a great way to spend time together and learn healthy cooking skills for life.
- When you cook at home, you choose healthy ingredients you like.
- Cooking is fun! Kick off your shoes, put on some music, and get ready for lots of great conversations and laughs!
Do you want to cook but don’t know where to start? In partnership with the Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF), Metro Health has developed a free recipe book at www.sanantonio.gov/VivaHealth with recipes to make cooking at home hassle-free.
When choosing a recipe of your own, remember the 3 ¡Viva Health! core messages and
- Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables!
- Serve your meal on a smaller plate for portion control
- Pair your meal with a tall glass of water!
For more information and tips from ¡Viva Health! and CHEF visit www.sanantonio.gov/vivahealth and www.chefsa.org