Valentine’s Day is synonymous with long-stem roses & ribbon-wrapped chocolates. It’s also a day where many splurge on decadent desserts, multiple glasses of wine and sugar-laden candies. However, if you’re looking for a healthier option this year, we’ve got just the thing for you. Check out our tips on how to have a healthier Valentine’s Day, chocolate included.
- Consider Dining at Home: Set up a candle-lit dinner and enjoy the experience of cooking at home. This way you have more control over what you are eating, and will likely consume less calories and saturated fat than if you were to dine out.
- Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Fruit and dark chocolate are great options for healthy desserts. Try chocolate dipped strawberries or dark chocolate covered cherries. 3 chocolate dipped strawberries provides ~180 calories and ~4 grams saturated fat, while a restaurant creme brulee will cost you ~500 calories and ~8 grams saturated fat. If you’re skipping the fruit, aim for 1 ounces of dark chocolate (about the size of two dice / ~150 calories). Trust us, your waistline will thank you.
- Plan an Active Date: Take a fitness or cooking class together, or go dancing after dinner. Ice skating is another popular activity this time of year. Whatever it is, get out there and get moving.
Be sure to tell us how you plan to make Valentine’s Day healthy this year!