Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the ones you love—but it often means going out to a nice (heavy) restaurant meal and eating lots of chocolates.
There are plenty of other ways to show the love on this special day. Why not try cooking your own healthy and easy, yet elegant, meal at home instead? Or going on an adventurous date?
Here are better, healthier ways to show your valentine you care this week (or any date night!).
Cook a Romantic Meal at Home
You’ll be surprised how a simple entrée of roasted chicken breast can be transformed into an impressive meal with the addition of flavorful sides and a unique dessert. These recipes (all from our Recipes for Healthy Living!) offer a balanced meal that you can enjoy without much effort:
• Roasted Chicken Breasts: These quick chicken breasts can be used for anything—serve with steamed veggies and brown rice, use them for chicken salad or slice thinly for a sandwich with whole grain bread, spicy mustard, fresh spinach and thinly sliced tomato.
• Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette: This festive salad is easy to put together and makes for a light yet tasty side.
• Rustic Red Potatoes and Green Beans: This mixed veggie dish is a great example of how to increase your vegetable intake while controlling your carbohydrate intake.
• Grilled Fruit Salad with Chocolate Drizzle: Try this for a delicious and somewhat different dessert! If you have fresh mint, chop some up and add it to this salad for even more flavor!
• Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Parfait: If it works with your meal plan, try our parfait with a quick five-minute prep time and only 19 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
Get Your Heartbeat Going
There are plenty of fun fitness ideas that you and your significant other can enjoy just as much as a heart-shaped pizza. Take a dance lesson together, like a waltz or ballroom class. Get outside (weather permitting!) and go on a romantic hike or bike ride. Challenge your partner to see who can get to the top while rock climbing—indoors or outdoors!
Once you’ve worked up your appetite, reward yourself with a healthy, sophisticated meal (see above!).
Skip the Food and Go out on the Town
Whether you’re single or romantically involved, there are lots of fun things to do on Valentine’s Day without having to feel guilty. Take a trip to a museum you’ve always wanted to visit, or go see a movie (if you can decide on one together!). Watch a film at home if you’re trying to save money. Learn new healthy recipes by signing up for a cooking class or relax with a massage (you might need it if you use the exercise tips above!).
And don’t forget to order flowers for your valentine to help Stop Diabetes®! For every purchase, $18 will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. Make sure to order here by noon EST on Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day delivery.