Article Posted by, Sherri Sacconaghi, Feb 10th, 2014
It’s Valentine’s Day. Candied hearts, frosted cookies and chocolate covered everything. It occurred to me last year as I went through my sons valentine box from school, that this holiday looks more like Halloween than a holiday to express love and appreciation for others. When did that happen? Those who know me, know I am all for chocolate but this Valentine’s Day get creative with your loved ones. Don’t ditch the chocolate, just…well, supplement it with some of these healthier ideas.
Be Different. Instead of attaching a box of those candied hearts to your child’s valentines (the yellow ones are the worst…what is that…banana?), try attaching stickers, pencils, or pretzels. I would suggest attaching nothing, but according to my son, that is not an option.
Share. Every year my husband and I go to our favorite Italian place, where we had out first date. I love going out for a Valentine’s Day meal. This year, try sharing an entrée and each having a large salad to go with it. No need to show your love by carbo-loading anyway.
Introduce Something New. Daikon radish, amaranth or buffalo burgers. Introduce your loved one to one of your favorite foods. One they have never tried before. Maybe even stay in on Valentines Day and cook a meal together with foods new to both of you. This year my husband wants to introduce me to the “best jo jos in town”. Um, unless they are covered in kale this should be interesting.
Be Random. Take the day and practice a random act of kindness toward a complete stranger. Pass out a gift card to someone in need, let someone go in front of you in the grocery line or help out at your local soup kitchen. Nothing better for your heart than giving to others (well except for exercise and fatty acids but I’m not going there this week).
But keep the chocolate. It would not be Valentine’s Day without it.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".