This Valentine’s Day, skip the standard dinner for two in favor of a more unique celebration of your love – and burn a few calories in the process! Follow our guide to a healthy, active day sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet.
Breakfast in bed
Start the day right with a deliciously filling breakfast to energize you both for the day ahead. And what better way to eat breakfast than in bed? Surprise your sweetie with a beautiful spread of fresh fruit, warm cinnamon-maple oatmeal and an egg white omelet stuffed with spinach, tomato, and caramelized onion. Top with avocado for a creamy, dairy-free alternative to calorie-laden cheese.
Take a hike
Resist the urge to crawl back into bed after that delicious breakfast (or don’t—kissing burns 2-5 calories a minute!). Take your loved one on a cozy morning hike through the woods. Bundle up, bring a camera and be sure to pack a water bottle and a healthy snack – almonds, dried fruit, or a homemade granola bar – just in case. Hold hands while you hike and enjoy the solace with your sweetheart!
Have a picnic
It might be cold outside, but that’s no reason you can’t enjoy a picnic lunch! Bring a bit of summer inside with a picnic blanket on the living room floor. Enjoy conversation and quality time with your loved one over peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread and carrot sticks, just like the picnics you enjoyed as a child – plus a glass of red wine for a heart-healthy, romantic twist.
Break a sweat
After lunch, commit to a healthy adventure with your valentine. Go for a spin at your local ice rink – or hit a few balls at the indoor batting cages. Mini-golf, go-karting and even laser tag are all great activities to keep the two of you moving – and laughing – all day. For the active couple, try a unique exercise class together, like kickboxing, rock climbing or aerial yoga. Celebrate your relationship by creating new experiences you’ll treasure for years to come.
A romantic meal at home
Instead of fighting the crowds at your favorite restaurants, show your sweetheart you care by cooking a delicious dinner at home and as a bonus, you’ll save calories and sodium typical of a restaurant meal. If your sweetie loves to be in the kitchen, pick a meal the two of you can cook together, like homemade pasta or sushi. If you prefer to pamper your valentine, prepare a healthy but indulgent meal of lemon chicken and roasted vegetables and enjoy by candlelight. And don’t forget dessert! Fresh strawberries coated in dark chocolate ganache are a smart and sexy choice.
Hit the town
The day isn’t over yet! Continue the adventure by taking your valentine out dancing. Salsa, tango, or even ballroom dancing is a great way to get close to your partner while burning calories. Take a private lesson for two, or join in on a class! However you spend February 14th, we hope you stay happy and healthy.