- 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?