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Healthy Valentine’s Day Meals

Dining at a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day is a tradition for many people, but it can also be a hassle – reservations can be hard to get, and restaurants often manage the high-volume of guests by providing a fixed price menu with limited options. This year, why not cook at home and have a more relaxing, healthier, experience? Whether you’ll be sharing a meal with your significant other, a friend, family member, or simply treating yourself, we have some ideas for healthy Valentine’s Day Meals to create your own special menu!

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal with strawberries and dark chocolate chips: Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? Treat yourself by adding a sprinkle of chips and some sliced strawberries to a bowl of heart-healthy oatmeal.
  • Strawberry smoothie: Add some strawberries and greek or dairy-free soy yogurt to a blender and you’ll end up with a delicious pink drink. Mix in some cocoa powder and sliced banana for a healthy breakfast that will feel like dessert!
  • Hearty scramble: Scramble some eggs or tofu, and combine with sauteed greens and tomatoes for another heart-healthy, nutrient-packed breakfast.

Lunch

  • Tomato soup: Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins K & C, folate, potassium, lycopene, and antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Beet & goat cheese salad: Place some red beets on a pile of greens, and add a sprinkle of goat cheese. Besides being the right color for a Valentine’s dish, beets have a lot of fiber and anti-inflammatory agents. If you need a heartier meal, add some grilled chicken and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Red pepper hummus sandwich: Spread some red pepper hummus on your favorite bread or sandwich wrap and load up with veggies for a tasty and easy meal.

Dinner

  • Ahi tuna bruschetta: Another great use for tomatoes is to turn them into bruschetta. Chop and mix tomatoes with basil and garlic, add a little balsamic, and serve on toasted bread drizzled with olive oil. This is a great vegetarian appetizer as is, or turn it into a meal with the addition of some Valentine-pink ahi!
  • Chicken breast & veggies: Grill or a bake a chicken breast and add a dash of red by serving it with roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes over rice.
  • Pasta with red sauce: Boil your favorite type of pasta – we suggest red lentil pasta if you really want to stick with the Valentine’s theme – then top with a fresh red tomato sauce. Skip the heavy cream and cheese to keep it heart-healthy.

Dessert

This one is easy – treat yourself to a moderate portion of your favorite chocolate dessert. You deserve it!

 

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CATEGORIES: Healthy Lifestyles

 

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