Your Celebration Guide
Heart-healthy recipes and activities for Valentine's Day.
What To Bake
Dark Chocolate Mousse
For those who bake, try these healthier versions of dark chocolate mousse and strawberry short cake —these recipes are lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar. Remember to watch your serving size!
- 1/4 lb. dark chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 3 eggs
- 2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over but not touching barely simmering water in a saucepan. Heat, stirring, until the chocolate melts, about 2 minutes
- Add the butter and continue to stir until the butter melts and is incorporated.
- Separate 1 egg, placing the white in a large bowl and adding the yolk to the chocolate. Quickly whisk in the yolk, fully incorporating it. Repeat with the remaining 2 eggs.
- Remove the bowl from over the saucepan and let cool to lukewarm.
- Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed; beat the whites until stiff peaks form, then beat in the confectioners' sugar until combined.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate, being careful not to deflate the whites.
- Spoon the mixture into a large bowl or individual ramekins. Cover and refrigerate until very firm, at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. Garnish with white chocolate shavings or fresh raspberries. Serve well chilled. Serves 5.
Amount Per Serving: Calories 228.3/ Total Fat 17.0g/ Saturated Fat 10.1g/ Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9g/Monounsaturated Fat 3.1g/Cholesterol 130.3mg/Sodium 51.5mg/Potassium 43.6mg/Total Carbohydrate 17.6g/Dietary Fiber 1.6g/Sugars 14.2g/Protein 3.9
- 1 cup whole wheat flour, (spooned and leveled)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
- In another bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, place chocolate, butter, and brown sugar stir frequently until almost completely melted.
- Remove from heat, and stir until completely melted; let cool slightly.
- With a mixer on low put chocolate mixture and egg until well blended. Gradually add in flour mixture (dough will form a ball).
- Divide dough in half; roll out each half on a sheet of parchment paper to a 1/2 inch thickness. Transfer each half (still on paper) to a baking sheet; freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working with one half at a time, flip dough onto a work surface; peel off paper.
- Using a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies; place, 1/2 inch apart, on two baking sheets.
- Bake until firm and fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 10 oz raspberry purée or raspberry preserve
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2/3 cup strawberries (sliced)
- 2/3 cup blueberries
- 1/4 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place wonton wrappers in a single layer on a large baking pan. Brush both sides of each wrapper with the oil.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer pan to a cooling rack and let the wrappers cool for 10 minutes.
- Put raspberry purée or preserve and sugar in sauce pan over medium until warm and sugar is dissolved.
- Place 1 wonton wrapper on each plate. Sprinkle some strawberries and
blueberries over each wonton wrapper. Then drizzle 1 teaspoon of
- Repeat with another layer of wonton wrappers and
some more strawberries & blueberries. Drizzle another teaspoon of
- Top each with last wonton wrapper.
- Sprinkle tops with the confectioners' sugar.
Other Treats To Eat
Choose dark chocolates – Due to their concentration of antioxidants
and flavonoids, these
bittersweet treats in moderation may help reduce stroke and heat attack risk.
- Drink red wine (in moderation) – The alcohol and antioxidants in red wine may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of "good" cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.
- Give fruit instead of candy – Fruit is a sweet,
low-calorie alternative to candy, and a recent study found that blueberries and
strawberries reduce heart attack risk in women who consume them every week.
- Learn to "cook light"
- You can make many of your favorite recipes healthier by using lower-fat or no-fat ingredients. These healthy substitutions can help you cut down on saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, while noticing little, if any, difference in taste.
Healthy Activities For Couples
fun, new activity, and maybe even burn some calories while you're at it!
- Yoga or pilates classes – Yoga and pilates do not count as aerobic activities, but they have been shown to lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, boost circulation, and improve heart rate.
- Exercise with a buddy - When it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, having a partner with the same goals may help you succeed.
- Go for a walk (hand-in-hand) – Walking is a low-impact workout that has been shown to support weight loss, help tune the cardiovascular system, and reduce stress.
- Get a massage – Beyond pure relaxation, massage
has been shown to decrease pain, improve mood, and help manage