Healthy Valentine Treats to Share With Loved Ones
By Genevieve Cunningham
After the rush of the holiday season, there tends to be a lull in the air. There's not much to look forward to. The weather is drab. Luckily, there are a few small holidays that can lift our spirits before spring. And the first of these is the love-packed Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day can be a lot of fun. And of course, it's also delicious! Chocolates and candy and sweets of all kinds are par for the course. But if you're trying to maintain your health, this holiday can be filled less with love and more with dread. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds. If you would like to enjoy your valentine without the extra calories, take a look at these treats to enjoy.
Instead of wasting your money on flowers that are going to die in a few days, invest in a fruit bouquet. Multiple online companies, and possibly even some local companies, offer this option. Fruit is an incredibly healthy option for your diet. Buying this sort of bouquet allows you to still give or receive a special treat, but consuming it will actually bring healthy benefits into your life.
If you're set on chocolate, opt for the dark variety. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that improve heart health and brain health. Research suggests that you can have a small piece of dark chocolate every day without risk of damaging your health. For a special occasion, dark chocolate is one of the smartest and healthiest choices.
If you're going out with someone special for Valentine's Day, go ahead and enjoy a glass of red wine together. Red wine is thought to actually bring some healthy benefits into your life including lowering the risk of heart disease, warding off dementia, and lowering stress. But the key is to keep it extremely moderate. You can't have the whole bottle, but a simple glass on your special night is more than OK for most people.
Fill your Valentine's Day with lots of love and fewer calories by using these treats instead. A healthy holiday is even better than a traditional one. And by keeping an eye on your health even through the holiday fun, your body will be ready for spring when it finally rolls around.
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