Healthy Lifestyle

Think outside the (candy-filled) box

By The Edith Sanford team

February 13, 2014

Candy HeartsAh, Valentine’s Day. A special time to show that special someone how much you care. With mounds of chocolate and bushels of conversation hearts. And wine. Maybe a big fancy dinner featuring several pounds of butter and cream.

When you see it laid out like that it kind of seems like Valentine’s Day is about throwing the unhealthiest things possible at the people you love the most.

So what to do if you’d like to avoid clogging your Valentine’s arteries or sending their blood sugar soaring? Here are a few ideas to make this February 14 a healthier holiday!

Change the date

Instead of making a date for a heavy, calorie-laden meal, why not schedule time for a long walk, dance lessons, even miniature golf — anything that keeps you moving instead of sitting at the dinner table. You’ll have fun breaking the traditional Valentine’s Day mold and feel great while doing it!

Extreme(ly healthy!) couponing

A great alternative to traditional chocolates or other sweets is homemade coupons for kitchen duty, laundry services, massages, control of the remote, or a “day off” to hit the spa or indulge in a hobby. You only need some paper and a pen, and the only limit is your imagination!

Happy hunting

Another option for a healthier Valentine’s Day is arranging a scavenger hunt. Hide sweet, funny clues directing your darling to places that have a special significance to the two of you. You get to relive your romantic history and your partner is sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into the plan. A box of drug store candy just can’t compare!

If you must…

If it just doesn’t seem like Valentine’s Day without sweets, splurge on a small amount of dark chocolate instead of econo-sized bags of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants — just make sure you buy chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao so you’re getting the maximum benefits with minimal fat and sugar!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean a departure from a healthful lifestyle for you or your sweetheart. Put on your thinking cap and explore all of the romantic (and healthy!) options to show you care.