The American Heart Association recommends eating seafood twice a week as part of a healthy diet to reduce the risk of heart disease and maintain optimal cardiovascular health! And since February is “Heart Month,” this month’s meal plan features our favorite heart-healthy seafood recipes. One reason we love seafood is because there are so many great options for every meal—and every occasion. Seafood makes a great protein choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner—especially a romantic Valentine’s Dinner! Case in point: Check out the Pistachio-crusted Grouper with Mango-pomegranate Salsa, from Eating Well!
One reason seafood ranks high in a heart-healthy diet is simple: It’s full of omega 3 fatty acids which help to lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Our February meal plan features tasty recipe ideas that will also help keep your ticker healthy.
P.S. We’ve heard that a small piece of dark chocolate is also good for the heart.
Breakfast: Salmon and Quinoa Cake Benedict
Ditch your traditional bread – we’ve got it beat with a delicious, guilt-free quinoa patty topped with smoked salmon!
Source: Better Homes & Gardens. Get the recipe here.
Brunch: Crab, Asparagus & Leek Quiche
Whoa! Friends and family will be blown away by this delicious crab quiche.
Source: Fox and Briar. Get the recipe here.
Snack: Smoked Salmon, Avocado & Cucumber Bites
Smoked salmon + avocado makes this a yummy heart-healthy snack!
Source: Downshiftology. Get the recipe here.
Lunch: Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Shrimp
This shrimp salad will be the new key to your heart.
Source: Garden in the Kitchen. Get the recipe here.
Lunch: Smoked Trout Salad and Roasted Pepper Sandwich
Smoked Trout isn’t just for fancy restaurant dips – let’s make a sandwich!
Source: New York Times Cooking. Get the recipe here.
Dinner: Pistachio-Crusted Grouper with Mango-Pomegranate Salsa
Date-night worthy grouper with a bold salsa will have your taste buds saying “I do!”
Source: Eating Well. Get the recipe here.
Dinner: Seared Tuna with Shaved Vegetable Salad
Tasty tuna with vibrant veggies ? Yes please!
Source: Cooking Light. Get the recipe here.
Dinner: Cilantro-Lime Shrimp & Black Bean Rice Skillet
We love the fresh combo of shrimp with a cilantro lime in this skillet dish!
Source: Julia’s Album. Get the recipe here.