Do you wish to avoid chocolate, candy, and some rather “junky” foods on Valentine’s Day this year? If so, you will want to do your homework and find out just how you can create a healthy dinner for your loved one(s), as well as treats that they will enjoy.
Dark Chocolate Fondue
Find the purest chocolate possible. The ones that have a higher percentage of cacao will be the best for you. Dark chocolate is actually said to be good for one’s heart, so you can imagine it is ideal for eating with your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse on Valentine’s Day. Put out a spread of fruits, homemade cookies and even cheese to dip into the fondue for a fun and unique experience at home.
Hearty Veggie Soups and Stew
Cook a soup or stew that is filled with flavorful veggies. It is a great comfort food to share with your sweetheart on a chilly winter’s evening. Serve it as lunch or an appetizer before you have dinner.
Yes, cookies can be fairly healthy when done right. Think about the ways you can cut those saturated fats, such as using olive oil and holding off on butter as much as you possibly can. This way, it will be better for your heart. For something to bind the dry ingredients, use a fruit puree or mostly egg whites. Also, start from scratch by using unrefined flour or oats, and sweeten with agave or applesauce. Don’t forget the dark chocolate if you absolutely feel that you need to include something extra sweet! Dried berries and raisins are great additions.
If you want to cook an Italian meal, it is a good idea to substitute spaghetti squash for the traditional pasta. Try out a few different options, including rice or corn-based pasta. If you really want to stick with wheat pasta, you may want to choose something that is made with vegetables right in the pasta. Or, load up your dish with peppers, onions, garlic, and even chopped-up carrots.
Broil, Grill, or Bake
There are many meats that can be optimal for a healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. Consider how you cook them – the methods that are best are baking, grilling, and broiling. This way, you can avoid the oils and keep in more flavor. Try filet mignon, skinless chicken breast, or seafood.
Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or just want to make this holiday a bit easier on your system, these ideas can get you going in the right direction. Happy Valentine’s Day!