Building a heart-healthy diet starts at the grocery store, yet many people aren’t sure how to shop heart smart. Of course fresh fruits and veggies are always heart smart choices, and just because the polar vortex is back, doesn't mean you can't enjoy fresh produce. Believe it or not, some fruits and veggies are in their prime this time of year!
3 Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating Right Now
Winter Squash: When it comes to comfort food that's also good for you, winter squash is where it's at. Load up on beta-carotene benefits by sampling the many shapes and sizes, from acorn to butternut to spaghetti and more. To enjoy, simply broil it or mash it along with garlic powder or Parmesan cheese. Yum!
Kiwi: Did you know one kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange? It's true, so eat one of these nutrition powerhouses next time you’re feeling under the weather.
Avocado: This decadent fruit has a lot to offer! Rich in magnesium, potassium and monounsaturated fats, avocados also help you absorb more nutrients from other foods (ie: fat-soluble vitamins). Beside guacamole, try spreading it on toast, blending it in your smoothie, or even making this simple truffle dessert recipe below!
Chocolate Avocado Truffles (Yields: 10)
All you need:
1 avocado, pitted
1 cup 60% cacao dark chocolate chips
All you do:
In a bowl, mash avocado until smooth.Melt chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds.
Stir and microwave for another 20 seconds or until all the chocolate chips have melted. Pour melted chocolate over top of avocado and mix until well combined and avocado is no longer visible. Place mixture in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
Once the mixture has firmed up, remove from fridge and make the truffles by rolling a tablespoon at a time into a 1-inch ball.
Sprinkle sea salt on top of each truffle. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts per truffle: 75 Calories, 5 g Fat, 8 g Carbs, 2 g Fiber, 6 g Sugar, 1 g Protein
Recipe adapted from: www.eatingbirdfood.com
Wishing you all a happy, healthy Valentine’s Day!
Erin Good is a community dietitian at Waukee Hy-Vee in Waukee, IA. Erin is passionate about guiding, motivating and helping others achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.