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Here’s to a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day! Plus: A Pancake Recipe Sure to Make them Swoon
Posted By The FIRM Master Instructor Team On February 7, 2012 @ 7:59 am In Healthy Eating, Relationships | No Comments
By The FIRM Master Instructor Leslie Perry Duffy
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a gigantic box of chocolates , right? Hardly! This special holiday symbolized by hearts and celebrated with high-calories treats can be anything but heart-healthy. However, there’s no hard and fast rule that requires us to celebrate with sugary  candy and foods saturated with fat. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in a healthy way  does not mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite treat in moderation. Or, forget the treats and celebrate in a unique way that’s special for you and your loved one(s).
If your heart’s set on making food part of the celebration, here are a few heart-healthy ideas:
If you’d prefer to consider options that make your sweetheart’s heart feel good rather than their tummy:
Show your loved ones how much you care about their health and well-being this Valentine’s Day by having a heart-healthy celebration!
Here’s a healthy pancake recipe from the article Top 10 Superfoods  on GaiamLife.com:
Mix together dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients in separate bowl. Then add wet ingredients to the dry and whisk just until smooth. (For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 2 tablespoons milk.)
Spray griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat griddle over medium heat or to 375°.
For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges. Turn and cook other sides until golden brown.
Plate and top with fresh fruit.
Per Serving (2 pancakes): 182 Calories; 7g Fat (32.8% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 2mg Cholesterol; 596mg Sodium.
**Feel free to substitute plain or vanilla soy milk in place of the buttermilk and regular milk. For a buttermilk-like effect, add about a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to your cup of soymilk.
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