Valentine’s Day is a time to show that special someone how much you love and appreciate them. While this can be done any day of the year, it’s nice to go the extra mile on February 14th and surprise your significant other with something extraordinary. This usually translates into rich dinner entrées, decadent chocolate desserts, and candied hearts, but while those are thoughtful gestures, they may not always be the most healthful options.
So, I’m sharing my top five tips for a Valentine’s Day that will boost your health along with your heart.
Go dark. Chocolate lovers rejoice! Studies show dark chocolate contains healthy compounds that may help prevent heart disease, enhance immune systems and give us an overall feeling of well-being. For added nutrition benefits, try fresh fruit dipped in chocolate!
Think red. Instead of reaching for a fancy cocktail this Valentine’s Day, try a glass of red wine instead. Research suggests a daily glass of red wine may help reduce the risk of blood clots and prevent cardiovascular vascular disease.
Go outside the box. Instead of traditional chocolate hearts, try gifting an edible fruit arrangement, a day spa gift certificate, or a special fashion accessory. It’s a great way to show your significant other that you care, while still being thoughtful and creative.
Get cookin’. Cooking at home is a great way to save money, avoid crowds, and focus on your significant other. The key to a great night? Find an easy, nutritious entrée, rent some romantic movies, make a delicious dessert, and just have fun! Or, take a cooking class and learn new skills while you enjoy making and eating a delicious meal together.
Take a time out. Spending quality time together is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give. You can plan an active winter outing like ice skating or sledding, or enjoy a romantic hike or walk on a nature trail.
Happy Valentine’s Day! How do you plan on celebrating this year?