It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time to listen to your heart…your heart health, that is! There’s no better time to try some heart healthy recipes!

After all, when you’re on a travel assignment, keeping your body in tip top shape is essential. The demands of nursing can run you ragged, and a healthy diet is a great foundation upon which to build a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some easy and heart healthy recipes to make while on assignment!

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Sala

A simple trick to making a meal heart healthy is by replacing any red meat with leaner, white meat such as chicken or turkey. In the case of this recipe, you’re taking a crowd favorite, tacos, and using chicken as the base protein to make them a smarter dietary choice.

In addition, using avocados as a salsa base rather than tomatoes allows you to avoid heartburn causing acidity while taking advantage of one of nature’s true superfoods!

Portobello Pot Roast

Another great protein replacement is the humble mushroom, whose dark, earthy flavor has been used as a beef substitute since roughly the dawn of time.

In this portobello pot roast recipe, the mushroom is the star of the show. It’s a healthy, nutritious dish that manages to scratch that comfort food itch!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Did you know that cauliflower actively fights heart disease thanks to a fancy thing known as sulforaphane? It might be time to start enlisting the little guy to fight on your behalf!

Look no further than this cauliflower fried recipe. It’s a great way to turn a cheat day style meal into a healthy weekday mainstay.

Lemon Cheesecake

Let’s end the article with, fittingly, dessert! Before you start dialing your lawyer to sue us for writing this article under false pretenses, this lemon cheesecake recipe is from the Mayo Clinic, so you know it’s legit.

In this case, making a few small adjustments, like using skim milk, egg whites, and low-fat cottage cheese, allows you to indulge in a guilty pleasure without any of that pesky guilt. Go ahead, you’re a travel nurse, you deserve it!

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