Valentine's day is full of red hearts, red roses, red candies, and red faces.. why stop there?
Eat by color! Here are a few Valentine's Day approved reasons to increase the red in your diet...
Boost your stamina! If you want to make it through your next workout, or high-intensity excursion in the bedroom, eat some beets! People who eat beets prior to physical activity are able to continue 15 percent longer!
Good circulation is crucial for physical activity in men and women, and great news (!) strawberries are the answer! They are rich in antioxidants that benefit your heart and arteries! (And bonus, they're full of vitamin C, which, in combination with antioxidants, has been linked to higher sperm counts in men.)
Watermelon is high in Lycopene, which rivals Viagra in its ability to relax blood vessels and improve circulation. This provides a natural enhancement for revving up your sex drive.
The hotter they are the better! Red peppers increase your metabolism and stimulate endorphins. This gets the blood flowing to all of the essential areas:)
Not so interested in the romantic benefits of RED? Here are reasons to throw some other 'reds' into the mix!
- Red Bell Peppers contain high amounts of Vitamin C, providing nearly 300% of your daily intake.
- Cherries can have a better result for treating pain and inflammation than Aspirin.
- Cranberries help rid the urinary tract of E. Coli bacteria.
- Pomegranates are packed with potassium and Vitamin C and are said to help reduce your risk for breast and prostate cancer.
- Tomatoes are packed with vital nutrients and may be powerful in protecting you from a wide variety of cancers.
Eating well, in any color, is important to your overall health and well-being. Although red is in the air today, remember to incorporate a wide variety of the color wheel into your diet for ultimate health!
Some RED recipes for you to try:
--> Healthy. Red. Velvet. Cupcakes. Let that sink in for a minute: Healthy Red Velvet Cupcakes
--> Finish off a romantic dinner (or breakfast in bed!) with chocolate-dipped strawberries that will melt your valentine’s heart: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
-->Get the health benefits of beets AND carrots in this delicious side dish: Honey-Roasted Carrots and Beets
-->Pinterest perfect fruit pizza right here: Watermelon Fruit Pizza
-->Tomato soup and grilled cheese? Yes please: Healthy Tomato Soup
-->Shake up your snack game, or make any sandwich more interesting, with a super-flavorful twist on hummus: White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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