Feb 4, 2013

Healthy Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and you know what that means: candy, chocolate, more candy, flowers, more chocolate, etc. With all those treats on sale, making healthy choices can be difficult, right?

For me, Valentine's Day is a nice way to set aside some time for my husband and I. Now that we have a bigger family, spending quality time together is even more important. So here are some healthy ways to show that special someone you care.
  1. If you're going with chocolate, buy dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa). It has phytochemicals and when eaten in moderation, may help prevent heart disease. Hint: make sure cocoa is the first on the ingredient list.
  2.  Go for a walk with your love.
  3. Make a healthy meal together and enjoy by candlelight.
  4. If you do go out to eat, share an entree. It will cut costs and control portions!
  5. Celebrate Valentines Day with your kids with healthy treats like mini-boxes of raisins or pretzels, pencils or stickers.
  6. Be creative: make a Valentines Day craft! Here are some cute ideas from Martha Stewart.
  7. Fore more fun tips, visit the American Heart Association.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?

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