Whether you have someone special to share the holiday with or you are celebrating with your friends, Valentine’s day is a holiday marked with over indulgence. It doesn’t have to be a day that is detrimental to your waistline and health and although it may be fun to be spoiled every once in a while there are ways to indulge without being over indulgent. Valentine’s day can be a day to spend time with the people you care about while doing something active and enjoying healthier treats.
High Calorie Valentine’s Day Snacks:
Traditional Valentine’s day treats are packed with sugar and although they are hard to resists the calorie count can add up quickly.
Conversation Hearts have 12 calories in every bite, eat ten of theses and that is 120 calories.
Hersey’s Kisses have 22 calories per piece, eat five of these and that is 110 of your daily calories accounted for.
Eating 4 pieces of Godiva Chocolates equals 210 calories.
A Valentines Day cupcake will add another 202 calories to your diet.
All these snacks may be mighty tasty (not to mention adorably cute) but there is a better way to get your Valentine’s Day treats fix.
Healthier Valentine’s Day choices:
Anything dark chocolate has added health benefits! Dark chocolate is proven to give people more energy if eaten before work outs, it is a great stress reliever and antioxidant and it also helps regulate blood pressure. Dark chocolate is stocked with caffeine though so eat this rich treat with moderation. A square should go a long way. Check out Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Chocolate Bar, delish!
Chocolate covered strawberries, especially in dark chocolate are a great treat that will not do damage to your health, they are roughly 75 calories
Edible arrangements are a great substitute to a box of chocolates, bouquets are available with fresh fruit.
The biggest thing to worry about is portion control. I am the last to talk, I love love love chocolate so I never deny myself but I am always sure to enjoy everything in moderation. I also try to discipline myself by making sure I do something active so I don’t feel guilty about indulging.
Fun Ways to be Active On Valentine’s Day
Embrace your inner sex kitten
Although I am the least sensual person, pole dancing is an amazing work out and great fun to try with a group of girlfriends. It helps tone muscles, firm up the body and increases flexibility. Head to a class with a group of girlfriends to have a good laugh and then indulge in a glass or two of wine after and laugh about your experience.
Check out Trantra Fitness, they do pole dancing classes as well as other dance classes and they book private parties.
Take your loved one out on the dance floor
Salsa is an awesome workout but it also can be fun and flirty, a great way to connect with your loved one. There is salsa dancing every Tuesday at the Red Room downtown Vancouver.
911 Salsa at Red Room 398 Richards St. (downtown), Telephone: (604) 687-5007
Laugh it off
For those who are tired of the convention Valentine’s Day, Café Deux Soleils hosts an Improv comedy night that is bound to keep your loved ones laughing and in good spirits.
Skate up a storm
Skating is a great activity for a group of friends or just something romantic to do as a couple. Robson Square is free to skate at if you have your own skates or four dollars for rentals. It is also walking distance from Café Crepe to enjoy a nice warm hot chocolate after.
Form a deeper connection
Enjoy a yoga class together. Yoga is a great way to be more centred and relaxed and what could be more enjoyable than having some chocolate after as a reward. Semperviva has a great Valentine’s day workshop.