February is American Heart Month, and we’re celebrating with a list of good-for-you snacks and feel-good songs. The snacks provide healthy ways to satisfy your hunger; the music will get you smiling and dancing. Trust us – smiling, dancing, and eating well are all things your heart wants you to do.
Share this list with someone—no everyone—special in your life to make sure they know how much you heart them.
1. Go Organically Fruit Snacks – Fruit Medley
Treat your heart to some peachy-keen fruit snacks. As you probably guessed, Go Organically makes no-nonsense, organic fruit snacks. The snacks are always made with real fruit (because you deserve the best), they have no preservatives, they don’t get their awesome flavors and colors from anything gross and unnatural, and they contain lots of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. Plus, Go Organically does not use genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) in their fruit snacks. What’s not to love about this brand?
Go Organically Fruit Medley features delightful flavors like strawberry, apple, orange, peach, and cherry. One 0.8 ounce pouch has just 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, and 0 grams of trans fats. We’ve never been happier to see so many zeros in a row. Eat the whole pouch to get 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
The Song: “Love” by Kendrick Lamar Featuring Zacari
These sweet, bright, and playful snacks will put you in the mood to celebrate love just in time for Heart Month. Send your bubbly feelings skyrocketing by pairing your fruit snacks with some Kendrick Lamar. Chew on these snacks and listen to this song to experience joy in your mouth and ears.
This unique chewy ginger candy is incredibly refreshing and offers way more benefits than a sugar-dense gum drop. Naturally vegan, Gin Gins have only 20 calories. They’re free of fat, gluten, and artificial and GMOs. While this tidbit will seem obvious when you get one taste of these candies, we have to say it: Gin Gins are made with fresh ginger, no extracts and essences here.
The featured ingredient in these extraordinary candies, ginger, also boasts an impressive list of possible health benefits. Ginger is believed to:
- Boost circulation and help fend off heart attacks
- Fight inflammation
- Shield cells from free radicals
- Ward off nausea
Have you ever had so many excellent excuses to eat some candy?
The Song: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
These golden ginger candies deserve a golden song to match. This Neil Young song is lyrical and upbeat, perfect for some rhythmic chewing. It’s delightfully easy to imagine Mr. Knobs, the cute mascot you see on your pouch of Gin Gins, bobbing his happy head along with Mr. Young. Don’t you want to join?
Kiss that high-sodium popcorn you used to love goodbye. Diets high in sodium are known to spike blood pressure, and high blood pressure can lead to heart disease.
You won’t miss your old unhealthy snack too much; you’ve got LesserEvil Himalayan Pink Organic Popcorn to kiss hello. LesserEvil air pops their whole-grain corn kernel and then sprinkles with organic extra virgin coconut oil which helps creates lighter, fluffier popcorn while limiting the fats added. Plus, this popcorn gets its savory taste from himalayan pink salt, which is packed with minerals. One serving of this popcorn has only 4 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, and 170 grams of sodium.
The Song: “Mine” by Bazzi
Snacking on LesserEvil’s light and fiberful popcorn will bring out your inner possessive lover. You might be tempted to claim all this delicious popcorn for yourself, but we promise these kernels taste even better when you share them. Do some feel-good sharing for Heart Month by inviting your roommate to join you for a heart-healthy snack fest.
Ok, we know. Heart healthy pork jerky? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hear us out. Made with the finest pork available, Field Trip Maple BBQ Pork Jerky has a generous 10 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and only 1 gram of saturated fat. This particular jerky makes an ideal snack for Heart Month because everyone’s heart loves snacks low in saturated fat. Compare the 3 grams of saturated fat in this full-flavored jerky with the 10 grams of saturated fat in a pork chop to realize why this snack is so remarkable: It packs tons of crave-worthy pork flavor into one lean, mean package. Plus, it only has 100 calories…if you’re counting.
Field Trip also makes their jerky as clean as possible. It’s minimally processed and contains no preservatives, added monosodium glutamate (MSG), corn syrup, or soy. Best of all, this jerky is free of trans fats, the kind of fat your heart hates the most. We can’t think of a healthier or more heart-friendly way to get a meat fix.
The Song: “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers
The soothing folksy tones of this Avett Brothers song pair perfectly with the wholesomely rugged Field Trip jerky. Can’t you just imagine yourself on a sun-washed hike right now? This song is mellow and full of love, making it the perfect tune for celebrating Heart Month.