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What better way to express your affection than by treating the special someone in your life to a delicious and heart-healthy meal? This weekend, try a fancy dinner menu that combines romance and nutrition, ensuring a memorable and heartwarming evening.

Which Foods Are Considered Heart-Healthy?

According to the Mayo Clinic, whole grains, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidant flavonoids are all heart-healthy additions you can incorporate into your menu. Of course, if you have specific dietary considerations, make sure to ask your doctor before making adjustments.

Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms contain antioxidants and vitamin D and are full of flavor without needing to add salt, so they’re a good choice to kick off your heart-healthy dinner. Using avocado oil can add even more heart-health properties, and mixing in parsley, thyme, garlic, and parmesan cheese will pack them with even more robust flavor.

Berry Salad
Start your special dinner with a refreshing and nutrient-packed salad. Combine mixed greens containing vitamins A, B, C, K, and potassium like spinach, romaine, watercress, arugula, and kale with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, which are rich in antioxidants. Top the salad with walnuts or almonds for added crunch and omega-3s.

Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Salmon, mackerel, and tuna are among the fish the Mayo Clinic says contain the most omega-3s, so they all make a great choice for your main course. Foil-wrapped salmon with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprig of dill adds a simple but satisfying flavor. Always make sure your fish reaches at least 145 degrees.

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Bell Peppers
Swap out traditional starches by preparing quinoa-stuffed bell peppers that have the added benefit of being stuffed with vitamin C and lycopene! Quinoa is a whole grain packed with fiber, protein, and essential nutrients. Combine it with roasted vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, and spinach for a colorful and nutritious filling.

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
No fancy dinner is complete without a touch of chocolate. Opt for flavonoid-packed dark chocolate-dipped strawberries to satisfy your sweet tooth while still promoting heart health.

Herbal Tea Infusion
Wrap up your romantic dinner with a soothing cup of herbal tea as a nightcap. It’s tangy and sweet, and according to the Cleveland Clinic, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties might even have health benefits. Add a touch of honey or citrus for extra flavor.

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