10 healthy Valentine’s Day ideas
by Shelley Langenhorst
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – have you planned out a celebration for your special someone?
Instead of falling into the overindulgent holiday trap (we know you are still working hard on your resolutions!), lighten things up this V-Day. Check out these tips to keep things healthy and fun.
Resist the urge to splurge
Typical romantic date night fare is anything but figure-friendly. Fried appetizers, creamy pasta dishes and decadent desserts are Valentine’s Day status quo. Add to that sugary chocolates and wine and you’ve far exceeded your daily calories in just one celebration!
Instead of overindulging, enjoy a healthy dinner. Not only will your waistline thank you, but you’ll feel better and have more energy for other Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Serve artichoke dip with fresh veggies as an appetizer and follow it up with a dinner of broiled salmon, roasted asparagus and a spinach salad with fig and pine nuts. For dessert, dip fresh strawberries in a quality melted dark chocolate. Not only are these foods good for you but most of them are considered to be natural aphrodisiacs. We call that a win-win.
A romantic dinner date? A holiday appropriate chick flick? Dinner and a movie is a great date night idea, but instead of sitting around for hours, get out and get active together – it can be just as romantic. Go for a walk along a beautiful trail downtown or find the best bike route in your area and have a picnic after a day on the trails.
Don’t let winter weather keep your dates inside. Go snow-shoeing or skiing together. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa to sip on the slopes.
If spending time out in the cold doesn’t sound like your thing, sign up for a workout class neither of you has taken. Being outgoing and trying something new is a great way to strengthen the relationship. Partner yoga, spin and even Zumba are all fun classes you can enjoy together.
Sure flowers and chocolates are the standard – but did you know that most women don’t even prefer those gifts? Instead of sugary candy, gift your honey with healthy goodies. Put a new spin on a gift basket by including superfoods like chia, coconut oil or greens powders.
Consider gifting a spa day – nothing helps a girl unwind and de-stress like a massage or mani/pedi.
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