According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 60% of us will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in many different ways. Whether you celebrate on your own, with friends, or with a loved one, keep in mind these healthy tips to get through this Valentine’s Day without adding inches to your waistline!
  1. Make an intimate dinner at home. This is a great way to save not only money, but calories as well. Indulge in a heart-healthy meal that is low in sodium and saturated fat by including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Sharing is caring. If you do decide to dine out, order one entrée for you and your sweetheart to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two – practicing portion control will help keep you from overeating.
  3. Get moving…together! This can be as simple as taking a walk around the local park or a romantic hiking adventure. If you find the weather to be a bit chilly, try looking into a couples “healthy cooking” class or indoor ice skating.
  4. Give the gift of health. Send a fruit basket that has natural sugars instead of artificial sweeteners. According to AARP, studies have shown heart-healthy benefits of dark chocolate, such as helping to lower blood pressure. So when you are picking out that box of chocolates, go with dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate. Alternate gift ideas include a bouquet of flowers, homemade crafts, or a day spa gift certificate.
  5. Love your pet. Stop by the store for a healthy treat for your pet and remember to give them exercise daily. Getting active and bonding with your pet can be beneficial to your health.
  6. Don’t let it get too hot. A room illuminated by hundreds of candles may be the ultimate romantic gesture, but the U.S. Fire Administration estimates around 15,260 candle fires per year. Make sure to use sturdy candle holders and never leave your candles unattended.
  7. Love your heart. February is American Heart Month, challenge yourself and others to learn more about heart health and raise awareness on heart disease prevention. Visit www.TrustedHeartCare.com to educate yourself everyday ways you can improve your heart health.
Valentine’s Day can still be romantic and fun while remaining healthy. Share these tips with the ones you love, so they can enjoy a healthy day as well!