Show Your Heart Some Love This Month

February is a month of love, so why not show your body some and fill up on heart-healthy foods? It also happens to be National Heart Month and National Cancer Prevention Month. Last week in cooking club, the students and I discussed what foods are good for our hearts as well as did a little light exercise to get our hearts beating. We then made the following three-ingredient cookie, which features oatmeal and dark chocolate or walnuts. All fantastic foods for showing your ticker some affection!

 

Three-Ingredient Heart-Healthy Cookies from skinnytaste.com.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 medium ripebananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts, dark chocolate or other mix-in

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat. Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the walnuts and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.

 

In our Pick a Better Snack lesson this month, kindergarten through third-graders will be sampling bell peppers. Red bell peppers are another heart-healthy food, so I incorporated them into a smoothie in celebration of Valentine’s Day. I know that red pepper in a smoothie can sound a little odd, but it adds a nice kick to this fruity drink.

 

Red Bell Pepper + Navel Orange + Coconut Oil Smoothie from Jessica Seinfeld on BuzzFeed

 

Ingredients:

  • One red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • One navel orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • Ice, if desired

 

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until icy and smooth.

 

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Ashley Dress

About Ashley Dress

I am FoodCorps service member at Luther College in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. I am originally from Carmel, Indiana and studied at Indiana University-Bloomington, graduating in 2008 with a B. A. in journalism. Although I still enjoy writing, life led me away from careers in that field: to teaching English as a second language in South Korea as well as serving as a teacher collaborator and community outreach Peace Corps volunteer in Uthai Thani, Thailand, from where I returned in February of this year. I have over 10 years of teaching experience, ranging from preschoolers to adults. This past summer, I worked as an apprentice for a non-profit in Indianapolis, learning about urban farming and community wellness.

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  1. Great post!! I make this cookie recipe! It’s a great alternative to some other more processed treats… you are influencing children’s long held assumptions about treats… that’s the highest level of system change we can influence… great job.

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