Follow this plan for a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We have the perfect heart-healthy plan. Several studies have associated eating dark chocolate with lower risk of heart disease. But that’s not the only thing you can do for your honey’s heart.

Start the day early with a couple’s run. Just a 20-minute jog on a regular basis can decrease your risk of heart disease by 35% to 55%.

Pack a special love-filled lunch box full of healthy foods, like a salad of dark leafy greens. Kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K. Top it off with some chicken. A 3.5-ounce serving is only 165 calories. And don’t forget the side of blueberries, packed with love and heart-healthy nutrients. And don’t forget the most important ingredient: a loving note.

Whether it’s a date night out or a romantic evening in, have fish for dinner, like salmon or tuna. Fatty fish are loaded with omega-3s, which have been studied extensively for their heart-healthy benefits. After dinner, almonds and walnuts are a great heart-healthy treat. Cover them with dark chocolate and get twice the benefit.

Another great way to start the day is to bring your partner coffee in bed. One of the country’s longest and largest running studies found drinking coffee was linked to a lower risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease. So have a cup or two, just don’t go crazy when adding sugar or cream.