Healthy Hearts are Happy Hearts

Having a romantic, fun Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to break the bank or overdose on chocolate!  Here are a few ways you can make your special day with your sweetheart memorable and fun while not having to worry about your wallet or your waistline:

Create an edible bouquet!

Flowers can be expensive, and they only last for a few days!  Why not spend your hard-earned money on something that’s pretty and delicious too?  Just cut up some fruits or veggies (or make use of that heart-shaped cookie cutter!) for a healthful, palate-pleasing appetizer.

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Cook together!

Once you’ve acquired a heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can make nearly any food Valentine’s Day appropriate.  Cooking for your significant other (SO) will help you avoid the holiday dinner rush, while allowing you to spend some quality time together.

Alton Brown has a great bake-at-home pizza recipe that’s great for a homemade Valentine’s dinner with the Food Network website.  You can tweak the pizza recipe to you and your date’s liking by simply adding different toppings.  If you’d like to add some healthy protein, try adding grilled chicken pizza.  To get up to the 5-9 servings of vegetables a day recommended by the USDA, try adding a salad as an appetizer.

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Exchange massages!

Massage is an excellent relaxation technique, and some studies have shown it to help with pain management, headaches, anxiety, and insomnia related to stress.  Here is one video demonstrating a head and scalp massage you can try on your SO.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely free!

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Written by April Pagliassotti, Peer Educator

 

 

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