- Cook together at home (Inexpensive and healthy!)
- Burn calories while taking a romantic walk through a park, ice-skating, or dancing
- Go to a movie but skip the popcorn! (Movie theater popcorn may be tempting, but note that a large popcorn contains 1,030 calories and 41 grams of fat!!!!) If you really want to munch while watching the movie, bring your own healthy snacks instead.
Tips for Healthy Restaurant Dining
- Plan ahead. Look up the nutrition information about each dish before going so that you can make a healthy choice
- Choose items that are broiled, baked, roasted, grilled or steamed; not fried, sautéed, crispy, or batter-dipped
- Skip the bread basket
- Make substitutions:
2. Choose water over fountain beverages
3. Order salad dressing on the side
- As soon as the meal arrives, pack 1/2 of meal into a to-go box to avoid overeating in one sitting
- Split a meal with someone else
- Choose sorbet or fresh fruit as a dessert
Healthily Curbing Your Cravings
- Replace the chocolate candy bowl on the coffee table or in the office with fruits like apples, bananas, or oranges
- Eat holiday candies in small amounts. Challenge yourself to have the Valentine’s Day candy last the rest of the month of February
- If you have a craving, go drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes to see if you actually want it
- If you really want a sweet, replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate (Research has supported that dark chocolate can provide many cardiovascular benefits due to it's antioxidant properties)
- Re-gift any unwanted candy to coworkers the next day to get it out of your sight!
Most importantly, remember to love YOU this Valentine’s Day. Fuel your body with the nutrients that it will love!