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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Black Bean Salsa Frittata

Ingredients

Salsa

1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup red onion, chopped and soaked in water-vinegar mixture

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground

1 lime, juiced

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 eggs

Cooking spray

Garnish

1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped

¼ cup cotija cheese, grated

1 avocado, diced

Cilantro, chopped

Directions

1.     Combine salsa ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

2.     Whisk together the eggs in a large bowl. Add the salsa to the eggs and stir to combine.

3.     To prepare frittata, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.

4.     Pour the egg and salsa mixture into the nonstick skillet.

5.     Cook until eggs are slightly firm.

6.     Sprinkle the top with tomatoes, Cotija cheese, avocado and cilantro.

7.     Cut into wedges and serve.

Serves 4

Health Benefits

One large egg is only 70 calories, only 5 grams of fat and contains 13 essential nutrients including vitamin D, lutein, folate, iron, and zinc.

Beans contain fiber, protein and iron. Consuming foods rich in fiber reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and may reduce constipation.

Nutrition information per serving: ¼ recipe

Calories: 335; Total fat: 16g; Saturated fat: 5g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 326mg; Sodium: 454mg; Carbohydrates: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 21g; Vitamin A: 20%; Vitamin C: 22%; Calcium: 13%; Iron: 24%