Tender Greens: Heartfelt/Heart Health

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It should come as no surprise that February is American Heart Month. What better time of year to highlight this organ that inspires sonnets and professions of love?

Speaking of love… Though Valentine’s Day has passed, we believe in declaring one’s love, well, all the time. One way to do so without words — through food. Upping the ante: cuisine that not only nourishes, but is heart-healthy.

Recommended by The American Heart Association:

To get the nutrients you need, eat a dietary pattern that emphasizes:
  1. fruits, vegetables,
  2. whole grains,
  3. low-fat dairy products,
  4. poultry, fish and nuts,
  5. while limiting red meat and sugary foods and beverages.

Which leads us to… Tender Greens.

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Sprinkled throughout California, Tender Greens restaurants bring forth the regions’ freshest fare. A glimpse into their philosophy: “We believe there should be a conscious connection between the one who eats the food and the source of that sustenance.”

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

We love the kick-back atmosphere of their venues, where customers order at a trailing counter, fresh fare on display from which to choose.

Speaking of atmosphere — contributing to the ambience is custom artwork from local artists including Kii Arens, Chris Reccardi and 123 Klan.

And don’t think we missed the eco-friendly design, something right up our alley.

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Menu options range from Big Plates and Big Salads to Comfort Soups and Knock-Your-Socks-Off Desserts.

Some of our fave picks: From the Big Salads — Tuna Nicoise (pictured directly above) with Grilled Rare Albacore, Tender Greens, Tomato, Potato Capers, Green Beans, Quail Egg, Olives and Sherry Vinaigrette.

From the Big Plates — Chipotle Barbecue Chicken with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Baby Arugula.

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Image courtesy of Tender Greens

Raise a glass of beer, wine, or Mighty Leaf Tea, thanking yourselves for being good to your hearts.

To find a Tender Greens near you visit http://www.tendergreens.com. For more information about heart health, visit The American Heart Association’s website at https://www.heart.org.

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