Celebrate Amore with a Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Dinner

This year, on this annual celebration of love, I’ve been looking across the Atlantic to a country that has love, health, and good living down to a science: Italy. The Mediterranean diet has long been celebrated for its positive impact on heart heath, and its power to decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. But that isn’t all that Italy has to teach us about well-being. With its strong sense of community and deep personal connections, Italians benefit from the life-lengthening effects of positive emotions and relationships. Love, friendship, and belonging does indeed improve health, lengthen lifespan, and make life that much more enjoyable. So let’s take our cue from the Italians and grab our loved ones, raise a toast to amore, and start cooking these Mediterranean-influenced dishes!

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Along with the holidays come holiday parties, and all the party-planning pressure that comes with them. Too many holiday hosts stress themselves out to the point of spoiling their shindigs. But with a few simple tips, you can streamline your to-do list and actually enjoy your time with your guests.

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