Karima A. Kendall
Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day solo or with your significant other, use this day to nurture your mind, body and soul. Consider these simple tips and think outside the box to make Cupid’s holiday a happy and healthy occasion.
Heart Healthy Decadence
While most people tend to dine out on Valentine’s Day, letting someone else do the cooking and indulging doesn’t have to spoil your waistline. Expand your palette and try traditionally healthy ethnic cuisines such as Japanese or Mediterranean. A meal chock full of omega-rich seafood grilled in olive oil and garlic, or steamed cruciferous vegetables is sure to satisfy without the bloat and sluggishness that can sometimes follow less healthy options.
Sweets for Your Sweetie
Ditch the box of mystery chocolates and bake a low-fat batch of brownies by substituting oil with applesauce or canned pumpkin. Control portions by creating delicious strawberry shortcake bites. Whip up a creamy mousse, or dip strawberries and/or pineapples in chocolate for a sexy treat.
Shake a Tail Feather
Instead of making it a “Netflix and Chill” night, why not get out and get moving? Studies show that taking a dance class is not only a fun way to get in a little cardio, it also helps to relieve stress and improve flexibility. Further, it’s a great way to meet new people and can help a couple to reconnect.
Consider winding down the day with a tasty massage. Yes, you read that right. Tasty! Make your own edible massage oil for a rubdown that will relieve tension and stress, and appeal to your senses as well. Use any carrier oil of your choice, such as coconut, olive or macadamia nut oil, and add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Consider luxurious lavender, cool peppermint or spicy cinnamon oil (*be sure to use food grade essential oil). Add a couple of drops of vitamin E oil, and get creative!