It's Heart Healthy Month!

 Why Dark Chocolate is Healthy

  • About a square of dark chocolate a day can lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It helps prevent wrinkles because antioxidants can protect against sun-induced damage, and improve blood flow to the skin.
  • Look for 70-80% Cocoa on the label, to ensure youa re getting yhe health benefits of dark chocolate.
  • But remember, it still has sugar and fat, so stick to one square per day.
  • if you want to snack on some chocolate this Valentine's day, make it dark!

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Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Oat Bars 
yields: 6 bars

 



Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups pitted dates

1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts

2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced


Directions:

 1. Pulse dates, nuts, and oats in the food processor until combined.

2. Press the date mixture into the bottom of 9-by-inch loaf pan

3. Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture.


Nutrition Facts for one serving (1 bar):

Calories: 170kcal
Carbohydrates
:29.5g
Fat
: 4.3g
Protein
: 1.8g
Cholesterol
: 0mg
Sodium
: 6.3mg
Sugars
:26.5g
Fiber: 1.16g


 

 

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Tofu Caesar Salad

Tofu Caesar Dressing

½ cup Parmesan cheese, cubed

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup soft tofu

2 tablespoons water

 

Caesar Salad

8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

½ cup croutons

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Ground black pepper, to taste

12 ounces cooked chicken breast slices or firm tofu cubes, optional


Directions

  1. Blend cheese cubes in a food processor or blender until shredded.
  2. Add garlic, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, tofu, and water to blender and process until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add additional water to reach salad dressing consistency, if necessary.
  3. Pour dressing over Caesar salad, toss well, and season with additional black pepper.


Serves 4

Nutritional information per serving; 2 cups salad plus 2 tablespoons dressing

Calories: 110; Fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 3g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 345mg; Carbohydrates: 8g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 8g; Vitamin A: 165%; Vitamin C: 42%; Calcium: 22%; Iron: 9%