Healthy Valentines Day Treats

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Healthy Valentines Day Treats

Ahhh…Valentine’s Day.  Among other guilty pleasures, one can image decadent chocolate desserts and a succulent steak dinner. But if you are hoping to avoid the Monday morning regrets, there are ways to enjoy the holiday without going too far. It’s on a Sunday, after all – not really the best evening to indulge in too many bad habits.

It may seem ironic, but heart disease is currently the #1 killer in America. Doesn’t this mean that the very symbol of Valentine’s Day should stand for heart and health wellness, rather the road to indulgence?

Whether you are looking to go substance-free, watch calories or cholesterol, or all of the above, here are some great ideas for healthy Valentines Day treats.

Drink Sparking Grape Juice…

Instead of wine, beer, or a cocktail, try a little of this instead. Most commonly used around New Year’s, it can also be a sweet treat for a Valentine’s Day dinner in lieu of alcohol. You’ll get a sense of celebration without the dreaded hangover that it usually entails.

…Or a Smoothie

Few things in life are more delicious than a smoothie stocked with lots of fruit and yogurt. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries – and all those “berries”.  They are loaded with antioxidants, which of course, mean fewer free radicals and a healthier heart.

100% Cacao

Some prefer milk chocolate, some dark chocolate. But few may pick up a bar that is pure cacao. The benefits? It’s can give you a boost in terms of energy. It can also be a mood-enhancer. And it’s also filled with…yes…antioxidants.

In fact, it’s considered a “super food”, also containing  essential minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, B Vitamins, heart-healthy fat, protein, and fiber.

Cook Dinner at Home

Instead of going out to dinner, try doing it the old-fashioned way, at home. You can control your calories and portions, while still doing something interesting and yummy. For example, try a chocolate avocado mousse recipe. You can use dark chocolate, and avocados are another super food full of good fats, fiber, and nutrients.

Opting for healthy Valentine’s Day treats can help make the holiday safer and more nutritious, and can really make you feel better about your decisions. And feeling good leads to good romance, right? One can only hope…

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