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  • Linda J. Hawkins

February is American Heart Month

“A friend loves at all times.”—Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)

While we take care of the ones we love this month, let’s make it heart healthy! We can spend time together and be more health-conscious with just a small dose of planning and an extra dose of love!! Why not plan an enjoyable gathering of friends—new or old? Make it simple and make it fun! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

*Game Night for the Family

*Victorian Era for the Book Club

*Floral Arranging Afternoon for the Garden Lovers

*Make One, Take One Cooking Party for Young MomsNow, let’s bring on the food! Here are a few ideas to keep your get-together “heart healthy”:

*Fruit Tray/ Veggie Tray with low-fat dip

*Fresh Green Salad with Grilled Chicken

*Pico de Gallo salsa (p. 176 of Southern Seasons cookbook) and baked tortilla chips

*Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruit Slices

*Fresh Fruit Juice Smoothies

*Iced Green Tea with Frozen Berry Ice Cubes

*Flavored Water options to stay hydrated—Flavor yours with lemon, lime, oranges, berries, or apples & cinnamon.

Let us know which idea you will choose! What are some ways you will stay “heart-healthy” in February?

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