Hearts, kisses, candles, and candy-filled store shelves to remind us the day of Love is upon us. Though Valentine’s Day leaves us surrounded by Chocolate and other food temptations, that doesn’t mean we have to indulge and lose sight of our health goals. Stay on a healthy track and enjoy your celebration of love with the swaps below.
Gift: Instead of chocolates, give a fruit basket. All the sweetness without the guilt.
Portion-control: If you do choose to indulge in some chocolatey goodness, be mindful of portions. Have 2 to 3 pieces of bite-size chocolate or share your dessert with your partner. Also choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate for a heart healthy treat.
Date: If possible, include some exercise in your date, instead of only dinner. If you’re the planner, pick a physical activity like bike riding or indoor rock climbing together or even a spa date.
Food: If you find yourself dining on your date, order wisely. Choose grilled or baked fish or chicken, vegetables like broccoli or spinach, or have a salad with dressing on the side, and a fist-size of whole grains such as brown rice. Do not get lost in the sauce! Calories hide in sauces. Instead, use lemon, salsa, or balsamic vinegar. Compliment your meal with a glass of red wine instead of a cocktail, which can be loaded with sugar.
Celebrate love with your partner without sacrificing your personal health goals.
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