Valentine's Day - Fill You and Your Loved One's with Love Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Your sweetheart may have the key to your heart, but eating healthy and being physically active can be
the key to a healthier heart. This Valentine’s Day, indulge your sweetheart with a heart-healthy gift or
Rather than tempting your beloved with sweets, consider a gift that has more permanence. Search for a
poem that describes your feelings and write it on beautiful paper for a handmade Valentine.
Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding,
ice skating, gathering wood for a fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock wall.
If your kids are having a Valentine’s Day party at their school or day care, instead of sending candies,
consider raisins, grapes, whole-grain pretzels, colored pencils or stickers as tokens of their friendly
Cooking at home is an excellent way to control what and how much you eat. Take a date to a local
cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique.
Prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at home using one of our heart-healthy recipes.
Give to one another by giving back. Ask a date to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back
is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how important they are to you, and share ways
that you can support each other’s health and wellness.
Craving something sweet? Gift a beautiful fresh fruit basket to your loved one instead of giving sweets
with added sugars.
Sharing is caring – if you go out for a romantic dinner date, order one entrée to share. Many restaurant
servings are enough for two – splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
Don’t forget to love Fido, too! Give your pet a Valentine and remember to walk or exercise them daily –
getting active with your pet will benefit your health and your bond with your pets.
Take it slow – if you receive a luxurious box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the freezer and
enjoy in moderation over the next several weeks.
Take a long, romantic walk with your beloved – and try to make it a regular habit. Aim for at least 150
minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week to help keep your heart healthy. You can
reach this goal by walking briskly for at least 30 minutes five days each week.
Rekindle an old flame – try preparing one of your sweetie’s favorite recipes in a healthier way. These
healthy substitutions can help you cut down on saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and reduce the sugar in the recipe. It will be sure to be a heartfelt winner.
Considering Wine and Chocolates for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Let’s see how the Nutrition Stacks up!
Chardonnay 50z = 125 calories
Pino Grigio 5 oz = 123 calories
Cabernet 5oz= 122 calories
Beer 12 oz = 154 calories
Brandy 1.5 oz-= 104 calories
Cordial (sweet) 1 oz= 100 calories
Sweets for your Sweetie?
Chocolates- 1 oz= 150 calories
1 pound box of chocolates= 2400 calories
4 hershey kisses = 100 calories
1 Godiva chocolate truffle= 100 calories
4 chocolate dipped strawberries= 164 calories
Fill yourself with love this Valentines Day- not with unnecessary calories. Love is Everywhere!
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker