Happy St. Valentine's Day! D you want to celebrate with your loved ones this holiday but also stay on track with your fitness and health goals? Read on...
So many times we find ourselves celebrating holidays, birthdays, and special occasions through food and drink. I just happen to be in training for my figure shows this season and I have to find alternative ways to celebrate. I figured I would let you in on some creative ways to celebrate without adding extra calories.
5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day without extra calories!
1) Celebrate with your special someone by doing something for your bodies. Try taking a yoga class or get a couples massage. This can be a great way to relax and still spend quality time together.
2) Take a painting class. Your name might not be Picasso, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun painting with some oil on canvas. Who knows, maybe you are related to Picasso and you might create something spectacular.
3) Try doing an activity. Bowling? Ice skating? Go-karting? All of these can be a great way to spend time with your loved one and also burn some calories!
4) Go support the arts. This seems to be an activity that we don't think of much. Being from Chicago, we have plenty of great dance companies, theater productions, musicians and more. Take a look at your local theaters and enjoy some entertainment.
5) Be a tourist for a day. This might seem silly, but have you ever done it? There are so many great things in my city that I haven't ever seen! Try taking a riverboat or see your city's landmarks. This can be a great date and you learn too!
5 Ways to Eat Healthy on Valentine's Day:
I am sure you took everything I listed above very seriously. However, I bet you still want to celebrate through food and drink. Fine. Just remember to have a glass of wine for me, preferably white. Here are 6 ways that you can celebrate Valentine's day a little bit healthier.
1) If you are going to make a Valentine's dinner, try adding in a lot of veggies. Vegetables are a great way to add volume to your plate without the added calories AND you can make them taste good as well! Try making a stir fry of vegtables, lean protein (chicken or turkey), and light sodium soy sauce with fresh ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. It is super easy and your valentine will love it.
2) If you are planning on going out to dinner make sure you look at the menu before hand. Call me crazy, but I ALWAYS look at the menus of restaurants before I go. I want to make sure I am going to like the food for where I am going to eat! This also gives me a chance to see what kind of food the restaurant makes. If you are really trying to watch your calories then don't be afraid to tell the waiter that you don't want your food cooked in tons of butter and oil. This actually will enhance the taste of the ACTUAL food. Shocking, I know.
3) Get your dinner in earlier than later! If you are going to have a heavy meal, eat it earlier than later. You will probably consume higher amounts of starchy carbohydrates during this meal. If you consume a lot of carbs before bed and don't use it as energy then your body will store it... hence why I said, eat more veggies!!
4) Have a drink. The lighter the liquid the less calories it most likely has when it comes to liquor. If I am drinking hard liquor I have vodka and lime juice. Not as good as those sugary drinks, but way less calories. If you like wine, go for a white wine that is more dry. The sweeter the wine the more sugar. Who needs sugar? Make sure you only consume 1-2 drinks. Alcohol is empty calories so be careful!
5) If you are going to indulge in some dessert, be mindful. Try making a yogurt parfait. Take a plain greek yogurt and add 2 packets of stevia with 1-2 drops of almond extract. Layer it in a glass with fruit (try different berries at every layer). Drizzle dark chocolate on top with a dash of cinnamon. Looks good and tastes even better. This is a low calorie dessert that is packed with protein. YUM.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day everyone!
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.