Yippee! Tuesday is Valentine’s Day! Why am I so excited? Well… in my mind Valentine’s Day is an excuse to be nice to someone you like. You don’t have to profess your undying love; you can simply be nice and show some warm-hearted affection. It’s also an excuse to be kind to yourself.
Last year this time I wrote about Valentine’s Day expectations and who Saint Valentine actually was. What I learned was that Saint Valentine was a priest turned saint who did kind things for single soldiers, that is until he pissed off Emperor Claudius II. What happened next, you can read for yourself.
So… again this year, I remind you to use this day to be extra good to yourself and to those who capture your attention. I suggest, luring your sweetie to a heart healthy pillow fight and/or, a long walk up and over some hills to visit your favorite ice cream shop. No sweetheart? Don’t need one, take yourself or a pal. If chocolate’s more your style than how about chocolate dipped strawberries? They’re a tad better for you than a truffle or hunk of Sees. Just sayin’…
Now giddy up and go engineer yourself a hot and healthy Valentine’s Day!
February 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm
And what could be better than 1-2 ounces of DARK chocolate!? Packed with antioxidants, dark chocolate is more than wishful thinking — chocolate can be good for you! Studies actually show that dark chocolate may improve cardiovascular health and blood pressure, Dark chocolate sits in the same arena as green tea and blueberries we hear so much about. Remember, chocolate is from the cocoa plant, so it is pretty “natural” as far as desserts go! And the darker the chocolate, and less processed, the higher the benefit.
So enjoy, but Kelley will remind you that 1-2 ounces does NOT give any of us a hall pass from exercise, healthy lifestyle and good nutrition! Happy Valentine’s Day! Try some dipped bananas and almonds along with the strawberries! Just go easy on the chocolate as you take a big portion of fruit. Because……
If you use a Dark Hershey kiss as an example, about 5 kisses equals 1 ounce, or 120 calories, and 55 calories from fat. It’s not a low fat food, but a yummy treat, in moderation.
I think “moderation” is a key word in all of life.
February 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Oh, one thing that might be as good as dark chocolate is red wine. Also, packed antioxidants, red wine generally carry more antioxidants than white and taste better with dark chocolate. Grab a Zinfandel or other bold red wine and do justice to that delicious dark chocolate! And of course, portion size is crucial, so don’t over do a good thing! Moderation, and not before those steps with Kelley!
February 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Thanks for the detailed reminders! No slacking off with you on watch!
Happy Valentine’s Day!