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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“Plum-Nana” Oatmeal Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 banana, ripe

1 cup nonfat milk

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 ½ cups unpeeled chopped plums

¼ cup Greek yogurt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mist 9x5 bread pan with cooking spray
  3. Mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  4. In a separate bowl, mash banana then add and mix together milk, lemon juice, plums, yogurt, and apple sauce
  5. Combine the two mixtures and stir until moist
  6. Place the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake 45-50 minutes
  7. Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted into the center of the bread and comes out clean

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories: 218, Total Fat: 1g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 5g