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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Curry Apple Lentil Soup Mix

Ingredients

2 (2 cup) jars with tight-fitting lids or bags

½ pound red lentils (1 cup)

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons minced dried onion

1 tablespoons curry powder

½ teaspoons garlic powder

½ pound green lentils (1 cup)

1 cup dried apple rings, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 tablespoons dried parsley leaves


Directions

1.     In bottom of each glass jar (or bag):

2.     Place ½ cup red lentils; top with ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ tablespoons dried onion, ½ tablespoon curry powder, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ cup green lentils, ½ cup apple pieces, and ½ tablespoon parsley; in that order.

3.     Seal jars and store at room temperature up to 1 month, or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat!


Prepare labels with cooking instructions and attach to jars. Add these cooking directions to each label before giving as a gift: “Place lentil soup mix in 3-quart saucepan with 3-4 cups water or broth. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 4 cups soup.”

Makes 2 (1 quart)  jars, each jar serves 4

Nutritional information per serving; 1 cup soup, cooked

Calories: 214; Fat: 1g; Saturated fat: 0g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 161mg; Carbohydrates: 40g; Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 13g; Vitamin A: 2%; Vitamin C: 9%; Calcium: 5%; Iron: 26%