5 Tips for a Healthier, Happier Valentine’s Day

Show your sweetie you care about their heart and their health this Valentine's Day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Show your sweetie you care about their heart and their health this Valentine’s Day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all chocolates and candy. Follow these five tips to love yourself and your sweetheart even better (via Care2.com):

  1. Enjoy a healthy activity together. Start your day with something fun and active. Head out for sledding or ice skating, try out your roller skating skills at the indoor skate rink, or take your dog to the off-leash dog park together. Doing something physical also increases your energy level, priming you to enjoy the rest of the day even more.
  2. Enjoy a healthy meal together. Cook a favorite meal together at home, or head to your favorite restaurant for a night out. Choose a satisfying, but comparatively light dish to avoid loosened belt buckles and bloating (not romantic!). Another great option is an indoor French picnic, with light hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and fruits, all bite-sized so you can feed each other. For more culinary inspiration, check out our post on 10 red and pink superfoods here.
  3.  Enjoy wine (within reason). Red wine in particular is rich in antioxidants, and an excellent source of resveratrol, which helps protect your heart.
  4. Give healthy gifts. If you give chocolate, opt for quality over quantity, and present your sweetie with four or five hand-crafted dark chocolates. Dark chocolates contain phenylethylamine, the same feel-good endorphin that’s released when you fall in love.
  5. Appreciate your time together. Avoid getting wrapped up in the hub-bub and expectations that Valentine’s Day can bring. Instead, just plan to spend your time together, and enjoy every moment.

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