Tips & Recipes for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day, the holiday of romance, is right around the corner. If you’re like most people you either enjoy this holiday or dread it, regardless of being in a relationship or not. One of the problems with this holiday is that it falls right in the middle of your diet plan. All those chocolates, sweets and dinners can steer you away from your weight loss goals. Here are some tips we’ve compiled to help you stay on track this Valentine’s Day.

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Cooking at Home

Most couples will not want to stay home on Valentine’s day. Most restaurants, theaters, and social gathering places make a killing off this holiday. Why not skip the two-hour wait at an average steakhouse and stay home together? Try making your own Valentine’s dinner right at home. Create your own decorations, light some candles and bring romance to a place where you two would seem more comfortable.

Cooking your own food allows you to alter ingredients to your diet type. You no longer have to worry if the chef added too much salt or butter when you’re calling the shots. Relationship experts say a couple who do activities together strengthen their bond. See this as a bonding moment with your partner.

Having trouble trying to find something to cook? Look no further, we made this easier for you. We also sell diet entrees and  Meal Kits for Two so you and your partner can have a healthy Valentine’s Day dinner.

Romantic Cardio

Working out may seem like a hassle for some, but when fun is added you can’t tell that it’s a workout. Most couples try to skip their usual workout regimen on this holiday, but adding it to the day may just spice things up. Cardio doesn’t just mean running on a treadmill in a stuffy gym. Cardio can mean a moonlight stroll. It can mean dancing in a nightclub. It can mean a romantic walk on the beach.

Remember that cardio can mean walking, running, biking, swimming and so on. Why not spend a day at the beach or sharing a two-seated bike? Bonding during exercise can be a great way to spice things up with your partner. Getting active is a great way to bond and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Avoid Alcohol (Or at least try to).

Empty calories and liquid carbs, alcohol should be avoided during this holiday. Drinking water with your dinner is a healthier alternative to a cold beer. But sometimes we are humans and we do slip up. Be sure to get something that is low in calories, most menus at restaurants will present caloric counts. Most low-calorie alcoholic beverages include vodka seltzer, bloody Mary, pinot noir, or scotch on the rocks. Limit yourself to two drinks for the night, everything you cheat with should be in moderation. This also varies on the recovery time after weight loss surgery, we do not recommend drinking alcohol during the recovery stages. 

Avoid sugary mixed drinks and do not drink and drive if you choose to drink.

No Sweets!

This is a hard one to handle, especially when grocery store presents all their best candies during this holiday season. But if you are on a diet, you should avoid this processed sugar. That means no chocolate, no sweets, nothing with added sugar should be near you if you want to stay focused. Sometimes these candy bars are so full of sugar and calories that it can mess up your diet. Try using fruit as an alternative sweet to give to your loved ones. I hear strawberries are all the rage this season. Instead of gifting a basket of candy, try a fruit basket as a healthier alternative.

Or if you or your partner want to have something sweet and chocolatey while also allowing them to stick to their diet, try some of our products. We sell protein-filled snacks that will make you want to throw away your chocolate peanut butter cup. Check out our products that will satisfy you and your partner’s sweet tooth.

Remember Be Nice!

The hard part about being on a diet or having a partner on a diet is the compromise of food. Food plays a large role in society. We take others out to dinner, business lunches, holiday meal gatherings and so on. It is hard to do away with the foods that you used to eat before a diet. But that doesn’t mean you’re doing it for nothing.

If you or a loved one are dieting at this moment the best way you can help them with this decision is to support their choices. It would unfair to see your loved one eating something you can’t have, so why do it to them? That just provides them with more temptation to revert back to their old lifestyle from which they are trying to escape. Being supportive of your loved one this Valentine’s Day can be one of the best gifts anyone can receive.

It’s About Spending Time Together

For those who are in relationships remember that this holiday is to acknowledge and appreciate your partner. Spending time together and bonding will bring you closer and help you understand each other’s goals.

Here are some recipes you and your loved one can try cooking up this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

For Dinner:

This is what your partner has been looking forward to after a long day. Try our healthy recipes that incorporate flavor and our own diet-friendly products.

Chicken Picatta

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets of Chicken & Vegetable Cream Soup Mix
  • 8 Oz. Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1 ½ cup Mushrooms, sliced

Directions:

  • Dissolve Chicken & Vegetable Cream Soup Mix in water and pour into non-stick frying pan.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic powder, and chicken.
  • Sauté each side for 5 mins, over medium heat.
  • Remove chicken to warm plate and cover
  • Place mushrooms in frying pan, adding more water and garlic if necessary.
  • Sauté for 5 minutes, pour over chicken.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Curry Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets of Chicken Soup 
  • 8 oz. water
  • 8-12oz chopped spinach or broccoli (pre-cooked)
  • 2 cups of Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless (pre-cooked)
  • 4 oz. Fat-Free creamy salad dressing
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika

Directions

  • Combine the chicken soup with water
  • Combine all other ingredients and mix thoroughly
  • Add ingredient mixture to a non-stick pan and sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

For Dessert:

Here are other fan-favorite recipes you can whip up for you or a loved one this upcoming romantic day.

Guilt Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Mix Dark Chocolate Pudding as directed
  • Dip fresh strawberries until covered with pudding mix
  • Place on waxed paper
  • Freeze, and enjoy!

Whether you are single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, remember to love yourself and this weight loss journey you are on.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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