4 Ways to Give a Healthy Heart this Valentines Day

February 14, 2014
by Michael Barber
4 Ways to Give a Healthy Heart this Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is one of the most beloved days of the year. When deciding to celebrate a sweetheart, most give their loved ones sweets or junk food. Whether it's candy, pastries or homemade treats, the holiday habits aren't exactly heart-healthy. This year it might be tempting to grab a cupcake and call it a day, but here are some tips to make this year heart-healthy.

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Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is known as a food of love. This might be because it is a romantic gift but also because it is so good for the heart. Consuming a bit of dark chocolate can regulate high blood pressure, stave off heart disease and recent studies show it could even be a key in helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. Of course dark chocolate is known for its heart-healthy properties but as a bonus, it also triggers a part of the brain that makes the consumer feel as though they are in love!

If you do have high blood pressure, you shouldn’t rely solely on chocolate to bring it down. Visit a local urgent care center to make sure your levels are healthy.

Cook a Healthy Meal

What's a romantic evening without a nice meal? Most people opt for a fancy restaurant to show off their date and dazzle them with a night on the town. To keep things a little more intimate, consider cooking your meal at home. You can save yourself some sodium, fat and maybe some cost by keeping things at home. 

When you cook the meal yourself, you control everything that goes into it. If you want to reduce the sodium on a classic romantic dish, you can. If you're cooking a creamy pasta dish, you can prepare it with low-fat milk instead of the heavy whipping cream that may go into it at a restaurant. You may find that this date night around the dinner table is a better way to have romance and a meal.

Fresh Fruit

If your lover isn't into eating dark chocolate, don't rule out the concept of sweet treats just yet! Add some fresh fruit to the occasion. Make your dessert a light fruit salad so you can satisfy a sweet tooth without all the guilt. Consider making some chocolate covered strawberries with your favorite kind of chocolate lightly drizzled over. This will be much healthier than a slice of cheesecake or those valentine's cupcakes in the bakery window.

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A Romantic Walk

Romance is all about bonding with the one you love. A walk in the park can be a great way to feel connected to your sweetheart. If you're looking for a nice activity for the afternoon, consider taking a walk in a beautiful setting. After dinner, have a walk around the local neighborhood or head over to your favorite nature trail to watch the sunset together.

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This Valentine's Day can be the start of a healthier lifestyle for you both. They've already given you a space in their heart. This year, give the one you love the best gift yet by taking good care of it.