Heart-healthy meals for Valentine's Day

Stick to a heart-healthy diet this Valentine's Day.

Love is in the air! And no, we're not talking about romance, but rather the wonderful smell of all those delicious, heart-healthy Valentine's Day meals couples are going to be cooking up on February 14!

How to fight the risk of heart disease

Did you know that 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack every year? In fact, a whopping 14.6 percent of men and 7.5 percent of women will develop heart disease at some point over the next 10 years.

There are, however, some things you can do to lower your risks, regardless of family history, and it starts with how you eat. Adopting a diet that lowers LDL cholesterol, incorporates more fruits and veggies, employs more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, uses the right types of carbs, and that is relatively high in protein is essential to heart health.

Sticking to your diet on Valentine's Day

Holidays, especially the ones that encourage people to take their significant others out to eat, can make dieting difficult. Not only are the healthier choices limited at most restaurants throughout the country, but the idea of "saying no" to all the delicious sweets these diners have to offer can be extremely challenging – especially for those just starting to change their food consumption methods.

With this being the case, perhaps the best option for you and that special someone is to stay in this Valentine's Day? After all, there's nothing more romantic than a homemade, candlelit dinner (and guess what? You can always eat healthy at home).

Check out some of these heart-healthy meals to serve your significant other this Valentine's Day!

Grilled Blackened Shrimp Tacos: Valentine's Day may not fall on a Tuesday in 2019, but that is no reason not to celebrate this classic and healthy Mexican dish! Packed with vitamins, protein, and heart-healthy fats, this is one spicy supper they won't be able to say no to.

Roasted Corn & Poblano Chowder: There's nothing quite like chowder in the winter, and with this vegetable-rich version of an everyday classic, your heart and date will have no choice but to thank you a million times over!

Roasted Veggie Bowl: Is your date a vegetarian? If so, give this delicious recipe, brimming with antioxidants, proteins, good carbs, and more, a shot!

Moroccan Chicken with Fruit and Olive Topping: This one is quick, sweet, and ever-so neat! In just 20 minutes, you'll have your Valentine swooning over your fabulous taste in food. Talk about a sure-fire way to win someone's heart

Sweet and Tangy Glazed Salmon with Orange-Almond Rice: You had us at sweet and tangy. If your lover loves fish, then this is the dish! Surprise him or her with an incredibly tasty and healthy meal they'll never forget!

Diets can be hard, especially when you have a heart condition (or are trying to avoid developing one). This year, make Valentine's Day easy, on both your wallet and your body, by staying in and trying one of these fantastic heart-healthy recipes that your person is bound to appreciate and enjoy.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we'll bring you information about the "Cause of the Month," including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. February is American Heart Month.