Thinking Outside the Chocolate Box

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Thinking about what to do on Valentine’s day for that special someone? Look no further. Here are some suggestions found on the American Heart Association website that go beyond the traditional chocolate box:

  • Rather than tempting your beloved with sweets, consider a gift that has morCouple Making Heart with their Handse permanence. Search for a poem that describes your feelings and write it on beautiful paper for a handmade Valentine
  • Cooking at home is an excellent way to control what and how much you eat. Take a date to a local cooking class to practice your skills or learn a new technique.
  • Give to one another by giving back. Ask a date to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
  • Craving something sweet? Gift a beautiful fresh fruit basket to your loved one instead of giving sweets with added sugars.
  • Sharing is caring – if you go out for a romantic dinner date, order one entrée to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two – splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
  • Rekindle an old flame – try preparing one of your sweetie’s favorite recipes in a healthier way. These healthy substitutions can help you cut down on saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars, while noticing little, if any, difference in taste.
  • Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, gathering wood for a fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock wall.