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Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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This year, considering giving a healthier gift for Valentine's Day. Try fruit, dark chocolate, a massage and more!As soon as Christmas is over, stores start bombarding us with boxes of chocolates, heart-shaped novelty candies, and many other sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. If you or your loved one are still sticking with that new year’s resolution to get healthy, these sugar-loaded sweets could be just the thing to kick you off the wagon. Instead of going for the more traditional gifts, why not show you care with some healthy gifts instead?

Health-Conscious Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Fruit

Avoiding sweets on Valentine’s Day is pretty much impossible. Instead of satisfying your valentine’s sweet tooth with candy, why not do it with fruits? Sure, fruit has sugar in it, but at least it’s natural and not bleached and overly refined.  You can even keep the fruits in the holiday spirit by cutting melons into little heart shapes. Another idea is sliding strawberries, melon pieces, grapes, clementine slices, pineapple and more onto wooden sticks to make delicious fruit kabobs.

A Massage

Massages are not only extremely relaxing, but they are great for your health! Massages help with circulation, stress relief, and help release built-up toxins, so you can flush them. Contact your local spa and see if they offer couples massages. A Couples massage allows you and your honey to get a massage side by side. Sometimes, they’ll add rose petals to the room and give you a little champagne to make your experience even more romantic.

A Healthy Meal

Another typical Valentine’s Day activity is to go out to dinner. A lot of meals in restaurants are loaded with hidden fat, sugar and salt. Instead of indulging in a calorie-loaded, unhealthy meal and dealing with the crowds, why not eat a healthy meal at home? It’s no secret that cooking at home is an easy way to ensure your food doesn’t contain excess fat, sugar or salt.

Dark Chocolate

If the chocoholic in your life absolutely demands some chocolate this Valentine’s Day, give dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and may even help with blood sugar. It’s also rich in potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which are all essential minerals for good health.

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