Feb 10, 2015 11:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Instead of going out for dinner this Valentine’s Day, make this delicious four-course meal at home. Each course has surprising health benefits, the kind that will help keep your special someone around for years to come. 

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Appetizer: Oysters

While there’s no scientific evidence that oysters are an aphrodisiac, there’s no doubt that they make a good appetizer. Oysters are high in zinc, which boosts the immune system, and a good source of vitamin B. Enjoy them raw, spritzed with lemon and a dash of hot sauce.

Salad: Spinach with blueberries and walnuts

Fresh blueberries give this salad a nice, fresh pop. Blueberries and walnuts support heart health, and spinach is loaded with vitamins and iron. Top the salad with a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Main dish: Salmon with asparagus and whole-grain couscous

A top food for heart health because it is rich in omega-3s, salmon is the perfect main dish for your sweetheart. Add a side of asparagus, noted for its potassium, fiber, folacin, thiamin and vitamin B6, and a small serving of whole-grain couscous.

Dessert: Chocolate-covered strawberries

Chocolate contains flavonoids, which help lower blood pressure and protect your cardiovascular system. Dip fresh strawberries into a couple of ounces of melted dark chocolate for a dessert that’s light and romantic.

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