February 11, 2016

5 ways to be sweet and healthy on Valentine's Day

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day by yourself, with friends, family or that special someone, make it a healthy one. No matter whom you're celebrating with, the greatest gift is a healthy you.

Kaiser Permanente's Ricia Taylor, RD, shares five easy ways to make the healthy choice the easy one this Valentine's Day:

1. Berries, berries, berries. Try blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or strawberries instead of chocolate. These sweet superfruits are natural antioxidants that have a long list of health benefits.

2. Choose raisins and pretzels. Send your kids to school with mini-boxes of raisins, mini-bags of pretzels or stickers instead of candy. Heart-shaped fruits, vegetables or ice cubes are also fun, healthy options.

3. Cook a healthy dinner. Prepare a romantic dinner at home using healthy recipes from Kaiser Permanente's Food for Health blog (and save some money, to boot).

4. Ask for dressing on the side. If you do go out for dinner, request butter, salad dressings and sauces to be served on the side to control the quantity you consume.

5. Have fruit for dessert. Choose desserts carefully. Fresh fruit dipped in yogurt, fruit ice and sherbet are healthy alternatives to more traditional creamy and sugary desserts.

Click here to see these tips as a printable infographic.