Celebrate Valentine's Day with Heart-Healthy Recipes
Web site makes healthy eating easy, tasty.
(ARA) - Valentine's Day is synonymous with hearts, flowers, candy, and extravagant meals with family members and loved ones. This year, try a new approach with healthy recipes and nutritious meals that will not only warm your heart, but help keep it healthy as well.
"A diet that includes five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is a way to show loved ones you care about them," says Kathy Means of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Set a good example by incorporating these healthy foods into your own diet, and encourage friends and family members to do the same.
Means points out that coronary heart disease is the major cause of death in the United States, and is the most common and most serious form of cardiovascular disease. Current evidence suggests that fruits and vegetables help protect against coronary heart disease.
You can make sure you're getting your "five a day" with a few simple changes. For example, instead of starting your morning with coffee, try a glass of fresh-squeezed juice instead. And instead of reaching for a candy bar or chips for an afternoon snack, reach for a piece of fruit or some crunchy vegetables.
You can also incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your cooking. For inspiration, visit www.aboutproduce.com. The recently redesigned site features hundreds of free recipes that can be sorted by dish size, salad, soup, sauce, snack, beverage, or dessert. Here's a sample main dish recipe that can be prepared in less than 20 minutes:
FRENCH STYLE CHICKEN WITH APPLES
Spray a large, non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Brown chicken breasts on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside. Stir in sliced onion, apples, artichokes, broth, juice and spices. Cook 3 minutes. Spread chicken breasts in skillet; arrange apples, onion, and artichokes on top. Simmer covered, about 10 minutes or until chicken is tender and heated through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley or dill and apple slices before serving. Makes 6 servings.
When visiting aboutproduce.com, sign up for the Recipe Club to receive a free recipe every week by e-mail. Or if you find a recipe that a friend or family member might enjoy, you can forward it to them directly from the site.
In addition, you can now search for recipes that contain more than one fruit or vegetable item. Convenient links make it easy to learn more about the purchase, storage, and handling of each produce ingredient.
Courtesy of ARA Content.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The aboutproduce.com Web site is co-sponsored by the Produce Marketing Association and the Produce for Better Health Foundation. The site recently won the "Outstanding Website Award" in the 2002 Web Marketing Association's WebAward competition. It has been featured in Prevention magazine, Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Taste of Home's Quick Cooking, and on the nationally syndicated Mr. Food cooking program.
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