Get your heart in shape for Valentine's Day with these three simple recipes.

Valentine's day is just around the corner and that means it's time to get your heart in tip-top condition so it can love passionately and unabashedly. We recommend you start the process by feeding it right.

Here are three simple ways to incorporate heart-healthy foods into your diet:

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Drain and rinse 1 (16-ounce) can white beans (such as Great Northerns or Cannellini). Place in a bowl with 1 jarred roasted red bell pepper, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mash with a fork. Spread on a wrap for a veggie sandwich, top with melted cheese as a side to chicken, pork or fish, or use as a dip for veggie sticks.

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<p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Walnuts: Omega-3s?2</strong>
Walnut-Olive Pesto: Place 2 cups walnuts, 1 cup large pimiento-stuffed green olives, 1 large garlic clove, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Use as a topping for pasta, meat, fish or chicken, as a spread for crackers or as a sandwich spread. It's also a great flavor enhancer in sauces and chili.

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<strong>Avocados: Monounsaturated fat?</strong>
Scoop out 1 avocado into a small bowl. Add kosher salt and a sprinkle of lemon juice and mash with a fork. Use as a spread for bagels or hearty multi-grain toast.

<em>—David Grotto is a registered dietitian, radio talk show host and author of </em>101 Optimal Life Foods<em>.</em>
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