Celebrate Valentine's Day, American Heart Month, and your commitment to heart-healthy living!
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February 14th is not the only day this month to celebrate your
heart. February is also American Heart Month. If you're following the South Beach Diet, you
already know that losing weight can help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. This
year, celebrate Valentine's Day, American Heart Month, and your
commitment to heart-healthy living with a special token gift for yourself (and
another for your sweetheart, if you desire). Here are 9 heart-healthy gifts you
— and your valentine — will love!
American Heart Association Red Water Bottle
Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, why not show it off with this
bright red bottle from the American Heart Association. It will help raise awareness for a good cause and keep you hydrated
as you do your cardio, strength, and interval-training workouts. It holds 24 ounces
of water (or another healthy beverage of your choice) and is BPA-free.
Nike Free Run +3 in Red
Show your support for American Heart Month by sporting these red-hot Nike Free Run +3 sneakers! These lightweight performance running shoes for women help prevent
injury while strengthening and protecting your feet.
Red iPod Nano from Apple
new iPod Nano in red makes a great workout buddy. Not only does it provide musical
motivation, but it has a Nike + Support app and pedometer built right into it
that tracks your steps, distance, pace, time, and calories burned. You can
also use the app to monitor your progress online.
Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker in Burgundy
The Fitbit One Wireless in burgundy is another device you can use to track your heart-healthy
activities, and this one monitors your sleep too. Remember, not getting enough
sleep can actually lead to weight gain. The Fitbit One measures how long and
how well you slept, and then graphs the data so you can evaluate it and use it
to improve your sleep quality.
Williams-Sonoma Melamine Measuring Cups & Spoons in Empire Red
These durable but lightweight Williams-Sonoma melamine measuring utensils in Empire Red will help brighten up
your heart-healthy cooking and baking efforts. Both the cups and the spoons
have been designed with pouring spouts to help keep things clean in the
kitchen. They're also dishwasher-safe and child-friendly, so you can make
heart-healthy meal-making a family affair.
Red and White Tupperware Microsteamer
This red and white Tupperware Microsteamer with stay-cool handles can be used to steam heart-healthy veggies as
well as chicken breast and fish. On Phase 2, you can use it to warm whole-wheat
tortillas and pita bread. The microwave-reheatable steamer also doubles as a
colander, so you can use it to wash greens and rinse legumes too.
Pottery Barn Red Cambria Dinnerware
Transform your dining table with a broad stroke of color and celebrate
your commitment to heart-healthy eating at every meal with Pottery Barn's Red Cambria dinnerware. The set was hand-crafted in Portugal with an artisan-made look and feel.
It is both microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
A Bottle of Red Wine
If you're enjoying a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with your
sweetheart and you're on Phase 2, treat yourselves to a bottle of red wine. The
grape skins that color red wines like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir,
malbec, and syrah contain the powerful antioxidant resveratrol, which helps
make red wine a heart-healthy addition to a festive meal. Just be sure to limit
yourselves to a glass or two.
Chocolate Cherry Truffles
Chocolate is practically synonymous with Valentine's Day, but
unfortunately, many of the chocolate candies out there are loaded with sugar
and other unhealthy ingredients. Your best bet, if you're on Phase 2, is to
indulge by making your own South Beach Diet-friendly Chocolate Cherry Truffles (Phase 2) to enjoy in moderation. These decadent morsels are perfect for celebrating solo or for giving as
a homemade Valentine's Day gift to your sweetie.
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