Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day Diet

Instead of scheduling a fancy dinner out for you and your love bug, try a more intimate and healthier setting of staying in and cooking your own Valentine’s Day dinner. Dining out can be a hassle, and the meals available will not only empty your wallet, but the allotted calories you can consume that day. How can you enjoy a 1000 calorie dinner with a 500 calorie dessert in good conscious? You can’t, because you’ll worry it’ll go straight to your hips and stick around until well past the fireworks of Independence Day. By cooking your own meal, you gain control over the ingredients you’ll consume. Remember, calories do not equal flavor. There are a multitude of meals you can have that are not only healthy, but romantic too:

Dinner:
Salmon and Wild Rice
Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Vegetables
Rosemary Pork with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Steak and Sweet Potato Fries
Haddock and Curried Couscous
Pesto Chicken and Shaped Pasta
Cherried Pork Chops with Summer Salad

Dinner Tips:
• Make sure you have more meat and vegetables than any carbohydrate on your plate
• Serve on smaller plates so you will feel full with less food
• Incorporate fruits and nuts where possible as they are healthy and filling

Dessert:
Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Soufflé
Tiramisu
Chocolate Trifle
Chocolate covered strawberries

Dessert Tips:
• Use darker chocolate for better taste and healthier results
• Eat dessert in moderation as it will be the location of the highest calories
• Serve in small ramekins, bowls or cups (much like the small plates at dinner)

Mix and match. Make small portions of a few of these delectable meals—tapas style. Eat light for dinner and then enjoy more dessert. Always be aware of what you are eating throughout the day. Perhaps this is a day to enjoy a fresh salad for lunch. With these scrumptious delights, you’ll be able to woo your honey right into the melting pot. Valentine ’s Day is about spending time with the one you love, not over indulging and ruining your diet. Stay on track and stay satisfied with these sensational meals.

www.eatingwell.com

By Rachel Horwitz

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