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The Arrival of Spring

Mom and Daughter making saladWhether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is on its way! And with it: A slew of goodies, flowers, cards, and chocolates. It’s interesting to know that St. Valentine was once associated with the advent of spring. It’s true. Valentine’s Day (as we know it today) originated in the UK. However, they historically had several regional traditions which pegged St. Valentine as a saint of spring and a saint of good health (Hooray!).

Valentine’s Day was said to be a day when the plants and flowers would start to grow. It was even celebrated as a day when the first agricultural work of the year would commence. Maybe there’s something to it—this whole notion of an early spring.

Valentine Salad

Spinach is one of those superfoods for cardiovascular health. Fact: By eating 2-1/2 servings of vegetables a day, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 25%. That’s enough to make your heart go pitter-pat! As a bonus, this recipe boasts heart-healthy strawberries and cholesterol-lowering almonds. Get ready to fall in love with healthy eating!

  • 1 lb spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
  • Almonds, sliced

In a bowl, toss the spinach with the sliced strawberries. Garnish by sprinkling sliced almonds on top. Serve immediately with a light, heart-healthy dressing such as your favorite vinaigrette.

Bon appétit!

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