It’s that time of the year – candy hearts, chocolates, a 3-course romantic dinner… And before you know it, you’re right back where you started – overstuffed, heavy, and unhappy. But isn’t this day supposed to be all about love? It’s hard to feel sexy and romantic when all you can think about is the calories you indulged on throughout the day. The great news is, you can still enjoy your Valentine’s Day without feeling guilty afterwards – all you need to do is simply… slim it down a little bit. Read our tips from Batista Weight Loss Spring Hill Dietitian:
Steer clear of candy
Candy hearts are cute and everything, but they’re nothing but a mixture of sugar and colouring agents. If you want to get into ‘Valentine-y’ mood, but in a healthy and guilt-free way, prepare your very own, slimmed-down version of candy hearts. Use your imagination – beetroot hearts, red pepper hearts, hearts made of strawberries, or pineapples… The sky is the limit! This kind of home-made hearts are not only naturally colorful and delicious, but they also send a beautiful message of love. What says ‘love’ more than the care of your loved ones’ health and well-being?
Avoid the ‘Valentine’s Day’ ally
Ever gone shopping around the Valentine’s Day? Well, it’s definitely something. Who knew they can make heart-shaped chocolates in 30 different flavors or that you can buy underwear made of candy? All the smells and colours are designed to tempt and make money out our love-obsessed, chocolate-loving selves. You don’t need that to mess with your head and put your willpower to test. Be strong and walk away from all that ‘festiveness’. Love doesn’t manifest itself with sugar and empty calories.
Consider a stay-at-home feast instead of going out to a crowded restaurant
A typical Valentine’s Day follows a certain scenario – some chocolates, a stuffed bear and a 3-course meal in an expensive, over-crowded restaurant. At the end of the night, you feel like you’ve eaten way too much, you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of the busy restaurant, and you’re more than ready to go to bed. What about skipping your typical fancy dinner and cooking at home instead? You can turn it into a romantic cooking session with your partner. The advantages of this solution include intimacy of your home, delicious and healthy homemade meal, and a conscious decision about what you goes on your plate. Need some inspiration? Check out the healthy recipes below from Weight Loss Spring Hill and cook away!
A Slimmed-Down Version of a Valentine’s Dinner For Two
Appetizer: Tuna and Avocado salad
Mix up a can of tuna, a sliced cucumber and carrot, and a half of roughly chopped avocado. Serve with a mustard and lime juice dressing.
Main course: Salmon and Veggies
Spray the baking sheet with some olive oil. Put two salmon fillets and two handfuls of asparagus and cherry tomatoes on the backing sheet. Sprinkle everything with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and a bit of olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes. Quick, easy, delicious, and guilt-free!
Dessert: Chocolate fondue
Melt 100g of good quality chocolate with two tablespoons of milk. Serve with selection of your favorite fruit.
If you’d like to find out more ways to slim down your everyday meals, or get more recipes just like the ones above, contact our Batista Weight Loss Spring Hill Dietitian. Change your diet, change your life.