A box of chocolates is a sugar crash waiting to happen!
The Valentine’s Day party at school is one event that kids look forward to during the school year. They exchange cute cards with friends and get to take the afternoon off to binge on sugar. There’s nothing wrong with the cute cards, in fact, they usually present a great opportunity for an at-home craft project. It’s the candy and sweets that are shared along with the cards that create the calorie and sugar bombs that cupid blasts open with his little arrow. Here are the calories and sugar found in common Valentine’s Day party fare, and some lovely alternatives.
- Necco Conversation Hearts, 1 serving = 40 pieces
160 Calories, 38 grams Sugar
- Hershey’s Kisses, 1 serving = 9 pieces
230 Calories, 21 grams Sugar (more…)
Instead of fighting the crowds at an over-priced restaurant this Valentine’s day, opt to cook the one you love a healthy, romantic dinner. By cooking at home you will cut back on money, calories and find personal time together.
We’ve got hundreds of heart-healthy recipes you can choose from to make a romantic meal at home. Or, try the Warm Winter Salad, Roasted Pecan Salmon, and Sauteed Pear Sundaes recipes posted here.
Lover’s Warm Winter Salad
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of fat
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pear, sliced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar (more…)
Instead of the usual dinner out this Valentine’s day, try some more physical and healthy ways to show your lover how much you care. Here are some ideas:
- In place of chocolate, try those newer fruit basket assortments. Or some delicious assorted nut boxes (avoid the chocolate and/or candy covered ones).
- Plan a picnic (weather permitting) where you can enjoy a romantic sunset while taking a stroll and burning a few calories. (more…)