Feb17February is Heart Healthy month and what better way to feed your tummy than with doctor recommended indulgences that are good for the heart, mind, and body.

This year, expand your taste buds to include antioxidants, new flavors, and favorite ingredients like green tea rubs, dark chocolate, red wine, and more.

Dark Chocolate

From the Aztecs to modern day, cocoa has been essential in the creation of decadent recipes and dishes through the decades. The best part? Dark chocolate is loaded with rich antioxidants that reduce the formation of free radicals in the body.

From the menu: You can find this delicious, good-for-you ingredient in sauces, rubs, and meaty dishes like ribs and brisket at steak houses and farm-to table restaurants. Read more ways to find Dark Chocolate in restaurants here.

Green Tea

The best drink with your next meal? Green tea! But did you know this thirst quenching favorite is also found in rubs for meats like steak? Green tea is not just the perfect winter companion, but when added to your diet, it can aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart problems, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, tooth decay, and many others.

From the menu: Order up a steak with a green tea rub and make it super healthy with a pairing of hot green tea!

feb18Red Wine

Did you know the qualities that make up red wine may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage. We’ll sip to that!

From the menu: Red wine is robust in flavor and includes a variety of choices. We say stick to Madiran wine,  a region in southwest France notable for producing the healthiest red wine.

Nuts

Nuts are one of the best sources of protein and are rich in fiber,  and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. They are also one of the tastiest ways to indulge the healthy way. Peanut butter curry dishes, Thai stir fry with sliced almonds, and even salads with walnuts and blue cheese have us saying yum all year long! Read more here.

From the menu: Get the most out of your next meal and order up a peanut butter curry dish with crushed almonds mixed in. Your heart will thank you!

Feb2Whole Grains

Did you know, a daily diet that includes a regular intake of whole grains can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, while maintaining the health and stamina of your body? This includes a spectrum of delicious options from biscuits and pizza to desserts and pasta!

From the menu: Want an even healthier Italian feast? Ask the server if they offer whole grain pasta with a side of whole grain bread sticks instead of the starchy bread basket.