POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:14pm
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — The big day is coming up tomorrow and if you're still not sure what to cook up for the day of love, think about adding a little bit more red to your dinner.
Valentine's Day is filled with love, flowers, chocolates and of course a romantic dinner.
Pink and red are the colors of love.
Did you know you can incorporate some of those Valentine's Day colors into your meal?
Red fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, potassium and fiber.
Vegetables like tomatoes contain anti-aging antioxidants as well as lycopene, a property that can help reduce a man's risk of getting prostate cancer.
"There is so many goodies in red foods," said Trinity Mother Frances Dietitian Danielle Townsend.
Townsend also says red wine is a perfect drink for Valentine's Day and also your heart.
"Doctors I know like to prescribe a patient to drink 4 ounces of red wine everyday. Those have the anti-antioxidant properties that is healthy for your heart as well."
And if you are in the mood for some Cajun food, add some red beets to your dish.
Dietitians encourage you to color your plate and eat the rainbow.
And for dessert, eat lots of berries.
"Dietitians say strawberries are a perfect food for Valentine's Day because they are filled with vitamin C, good for your heart, and with a little bit of chocolate a good splurge.
Nowadays more and more people are eating healthier foods and going red.
"The saying nutrition is coming back into fashion," said Townsend.
"I think people nowadays are buying more of the red foods. They are really beginning to realize their really great properties," said Fresh Produce Manager George Flores.