It’s definitely that time of the year! When you go into stores, they are all decorated in pinks and reds, with hearts everywhere! There are heart-shaped candies, décor, cards, and even clothes with Valentine’s Day hearts, no matter where you look. But there is one heart that is definitely more important than any other out there: your own. If you’re wanting to enjoy a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day, then we have some tips and tricks to help you get through the big day!
Start The Day with a Heart-Healthy Breakfast in Bed
Are you ready to treat your sweetheart to a fantastic breakfast that is romantic and healthy? Try cooking an omelette packed with veggies and a side of multi-grain toast topped with avocado. We don’t often think about vegetables as a breakfast food, but you can’t have too many vegetables in your diet! If your loved one isn’t big into veggies, try adding some homemade salsa to some eggs for a southwest flair.
OR try a healthy breakfast in disguise! Layering healthy fruits with Greek yogurt in a fancy glass gives you a homemade parfait that is a perfect start to your romantic day.
Try Lunch in the Park
Being conscious of your health on Valentine's Day isn’t just about food, although that is the main focus of our article. Remember that having a healthy heart is also about moving, shaking, and doing! Take a romantic stroll through the park with your loved one or have a picnic. Find a scenic overlook and enjoy the fresh air, nature, and great food together. Don’t know what to pack for your picnic? Why not grab some fish tacos and broccoli slaw?
Omega-3 fatty acids are packed with health benefits for your heart. Before you leave for the park, why not try your hand at making your own sushi rolls? All you need is seaweed, sticky-rice, avocado, cucumber, and smoked salmon. Sushi rolls aren’t super hard to make and can be fun to create together. The ingredients are great for you and will pack well for your picnic!
Dinner at the Casa
Finish off the evening with dinner at home. Since tomatoes help you get rid of bad cholesterol, why not indulge in some spaghetti with whole-wheat noodles and freshly made red-sauce? Whether you cook it together, or you decide to surprise your loved one with a home-cooked meal, it is sure to impress.
Ready for dessert? Both dark chocolate and red wine have beneficial effects on vasculature health, as long as you stick to about one glass of wine a day. Both wine and chocolate contain flavonoids that help to lower blood pressure and prevent clotting or inflammation of blood vessels. Kick it up a notch with dark chocolate covered strawberries, which are high in fiber and heart-friendly vitamins and minerals.
Celebrate your loved one this Valentine’s Day with healthier alternatives to traditional chocolates and candies. Remember that Homewatch CareGivers of Bryan College Station is here to help you have a smooth and healthy romantic day. We’re especially here to help care for your aging loved one. If you need a break from your family caregiving responsibilities to enjoy Valentine’s Day with the love of your life, contact us today!