[By Collette Tan]

You may be tempted to splurge on champagne and oysters on Valentine’s Day. However this year, consider saying “I love you” by indulging in these five heart- and gut-healthier options.

Red Wine

Pinots, shirahs, merlots – experts say all red wines are a good source of catechins and reservatrol to aid ‘good’ cholesterol”.

Dark Chocolate, (70 percent or higher cocoa content)

Nutritionists report that truffles, soufflés and even hot chocolate can be a good source of resveratrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids) as long as dark chocolate with a high content of coca is used.

Salmon/Tuna

Especially white, or albacore, tuna and salmon are excellent source of omega-3-fatty acids, and canned salmon contains soft bones that give an added boost of calcium intake.

Walnuts and Almonds

Both walnuts and almonds contain omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, heart favorable mono-and polyunsaturated fats.

Blueberries/cranberries/raspberries/strawberries

Berries are a good source of beta carotene and lutein, anthocyanin, ellagic acid (a polyphenol), vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber.

So whip up something delicious and healthy this Valentine’s Day!

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