Sweet Tips for a Healthy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about romance and treating someone special in your life. And along with a bunch of flowers and a card, the box of chocolates is a common gift for Valentine’s Day. But you don’t need to be a health expert to know that chocolate can add inches to our waistline. But with a few tips and some planning, you can get through the special night without feeling guilty about your indulgences later. 

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Think Red

Strawberries, cherries, red bell peppers, red onions, and tomatoes are jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, you can get creative with them by making heart-shaped!  In addition, a daily glass of red wine is believed to help reduce cholesterol and keep the cardiovascular system in shape. So skip that cocktail, which can be loaded with sugar, and have a glass of red wine instead.

Start out healthy

You may feel compelled to dive into a big dinner. Before you do, consider ordering a light salad or soup to kick things off. This will help to fill you up before you dive in. You also might want to split an entrée with your significant other.  Starting out healthy helps reduce the extra unwanted calories. You’ll feel less guilty later.

Practice portion control

Remember that restaurant sizes are often larger than normal. Consider eating half of your meal and pack your lunch the next day. The positive side is that you don’t need to cook for the next day. 

Do not completely deprive yourself

Valentine’s Day is a time for laughter, fun and food. Spoiling yourself a little bit with a small slice of cake or a couple of chocolate candy won’t lead to major weight gain. Moderation is key. As long as you keep in mind that you don’t try this short cut every day then you’ll be fine. 

Consider dining in this year 

A great way to save calories, money and avoid crowds. Find an easy reduced calorie meal that you can cook with or for your significant other at home. Rent some romantic movies and make a healthy dessert, like strawberry cupcake topped with some delicious dark chocolate. Enjoy!

 

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