February 10, 2012

Handy Tips for a Healthy Valentine's Day

If you are looking at simple and effective ideas to spend your Valentine's Day with your partner, here are an assortment of few handy tips for you 

  • Rather than tempting your beloved with chocolates, 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 games, plays or simple mall hopping!   
  • Cooking at home is an excellent way to control the quality and amounts of what you eat. Whether cooking or making dressings, use the oils that are lowest in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol – such as canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil – but use them sparingly, because they contain 120 calories per tablespoon
  • Prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at home
  • Eat from the same plate for atleast one meal  
  • Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how you feel about him or her, and share ways that you can support each other’s health and wellness. 
  • Send a fruit basket or a pack of dark chocolates to your loved one that has natural sugar as well as healthy nutrients instead of sending sweets with added sugars. 
  • Go for a walk for sometime - walking is free, and costs nothing to get started. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day provides heart-health benefits.
  • The usual “Do’s” stand out as well – stay hydrated, have less of fried foods, more of heart healthy snacks and stay active 
  • Make a change – pick one small thing you can change about your daily diet – start buying skim milk, order the nonfat latte, skip the afternoon vending machine visit or add an extra veggie to your dinner plate.
Even a couple of them being ticked, in our understanding, should get the smiles on your face, and significantly enhance your gratification levels! :)
Happy Valentine's!