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Heather Bauer, RD, CDN


5 Foods Guaranteed to Get Your Heart Racing (While Keeping Your Waistline in Check)

Posted: 02/12/2012 10:49 am

Love is in the air! Well, Valentine's Day is in the air, specifically. You know that holiday built around pink and red and conversation hearts? It's one of my favorites, but it can be a diet landmine. Although you'll thank your new boyfriend profusely for the enormous box of chocolates he gave you (who can resist that?) I definitely have some strategies to make this special day healthy, too.

I can't guarantee you a date on Feb. 14, but I can certainly help you stock up on foods of love. And rather, foods that will love you back (with nutrition, of course).

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Yes, we've all been bombarded with the whole chocolate thing, but did you know that it was considered the "Nourishment of Gods" by early Aztec cultures? Chocolate contains two properties, caffeine and theobromine, that act as natural stimulants in the body.

Besides revving you up for a hot date, it also contains more antioxidant properties than a glass of red wine.

Now, I'm not telling you to go overboard and end up in a pit of Hershey bars. You can't eat a two-tier box of truffles. Brands like Bissinger's and Sweetriot keep it simple with 45 cal squares and 100 calorie bars of dark chocolate decadence. Sweetriot also has tins of flavored cacao nibs that are ideal for an on-the-go fix. Or get a dose of calcium and sweetness with Adora chocolate discs; they satisfy a sweet tooth AND provide your daily calcium requirements.

Flickr photo by Lee McCoy

Whether you're single or attached at the hip, it doesn't matter! Enjoy these foods regardless of your relationship status and you'll feel a warm glow of love from within, without breaking the calorie bank.

Flickr photo by Lee McCoy


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