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Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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There is no better way to show the object of your affection that you love them the most, than by demonstrating just how close to your heart they are. Speaking of hearts, if you’ve taken the time to make positive choices and changes for your health, but find holidays like Valentine’s Day quite distracting, then we have some tips and tricks that may help! We’re here with all of the date ideas you can imagine to keep that heart beating strong and healthy…

Make it a Date in the Park

If you’re spending time with your loved one during Valentine's Day, you don’t have to stick to the traditional dinner and a movie scheme. Instead stay active and healthy by planning an activity that involves physical fitness! Take a romantic walk through the park and enjoy the brisk cool air. If you’re feeling adventurous, try geocaching where you can go on a treasure hunt together, or take a scenic hike! Taking time to stay active will give you more quality time together, help you bond, and burn some extra calories.

Cooking Dinner is Romantic

If you’re so inclined, you may want to prepare a special meal for your loved one. Not only is this a great way to ensure that your meal is good for your heart and full of nutrition, but you’ll also enjoy quality time with your loved one, listening to music and chatting while you prepare the food. Need more deets on heart-healthy meal ideas?

  • For the main event –Omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of an irregular heartbeat and fight plaque. So, try your hand at cooking some salmon. Roasted potatoes are rich in potassium (which contains incredible health benefits for your heart) and tomatoes help get rid of bad cholesterol, so make sure you add a salad to your dinner!
  • You can have chocolate, as long as it’s dark – Cover some peanuts or your favorite fruit with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate! There’s less sugar in dark chocolate, and believe it or not, it contains flavonoids that actually lower blood pressure, and help to prevent clotting or inflammation of blood vessels.
  • Swap out the candy for fruit – Fruits contain some amazing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are incredibly healthy for you. Potassium can also be good for your health, if you’re trying to lower your blood pressure, so if your valentine has a sweet tooth, grab a cookie cutter and cut out some melon and banana hearts. Make a yummy edible arrangement for them to munch on instead of heart shaped treats filled with sugar.

Looking for the Perfect Gift?

It isn’t unusual to want to give your loved one a gift for Valentine's Day. Traditional chocolates and candies are out if you want a healthy option, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give your loved one a romantic poem, or a framed photo that you know they’ll love. Thoughtful hand-made gifts can often mean more than you can imagine, AND they don’t contain calories!

Celebrate your loved one this valentine’s day with healthier alternatives to traditional chocolates and candies. Remember that Homewatch CareGivers of Woodbridge is always here for you and your loved one! We can provide you with support in the home for a few hours or on a daily basis. Give us a call today to learn more about the home care options we provide.

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