Tricks for a Healthy Valentine’s Day
February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is around the corner, literally. Whether you love it or hate it, couples around the world are celebrating. Restaurants are offering gourmet meals and decadent desserts. Did you know that Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year? We all want to indulge a little (or a lot), but with a few tricks and planning, there’s no reason why you can’t cruise through Valentine’s Day guiltless!
1) Don’t skip your workout
You may be tempted to skip your workout, but don’t! Get it done, the earlier, the better! It’s like money in the bank and you won’t feel so guilty if you do end up overindulging! Remember, you don’t need an hour, 30-minutes is all you need to have an amazing workout!
2) Skip the Bread Basket
How often do you eat the bread just because it’s there? I bet it happens pretty frequently. It just helps to pass the time while you wait for your meal. But, if you really must have a roll, take one and then move the basket away from you…far! Same idea with those chips at a Mexican restaurant. Just grab a small handful and then stay as far away as you can.
3) Feel free to make special requests
Ask them to put the sauce on the side. Order veggies or a salad instead of french fries. And remember: grilled is better than fried and baked is better than braised! It’s your meal so it should be what you want!
4) Order a healthy appetizer
Start with a light salad with oil and vinegar (skip the creamy dressings!) or a broth-based soup like a consomme. And why not consider splitting an entrée with your significant other? Not only will you save on calories, but you’ll also save money too!
5) Think portion control
Restaurant sizes are quite often larger than normal so consider eating half of your meal and putting the rest in a doggie bag. Think of it this way: You’ll get to relive your Valentine’s Day dinner the next day!
6) It’s Valentine’s, why not think red
Red bell peppers, radicchio, cherries, strawberries, red beans, red onions, and tomatoes, for example, are all packed with vitamins, cancer-fighting antioxidants or cholesterol-busting fiber and protein.
7) Do not completely deprive yourself
Sharing a small slice of cake or a couple of truffles will not make you gain weight, but moderation is key. But if you want a treat, indulge.
8) Consider staying at home this year
Want to save calories, save money and avoid the crowds? Celebrate at home! Find an easy healthy recipe you can cook at home. Then, to top it off, make a healthy dessert, like strawberries and cream, and enjoy!
You get the idea! Valentine’s Day is a time for enjoyment, laughter, fun, and food, of course. So, if you do end up popping the lid of that box of chocolates, don’t feel guilty. Studies have shown that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is full of healthy compounds that may actually help prevent heart disease, enhance immune systems and give us a feeling of well-being. So enjoy! We get back on track tomorrow!