Remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school? You would carefully and selectively pick out your box of Valentines. Hmm…shall I go with Alf or Ninja Turtles? Those kittens are cute…You would artistically create your receiving box with none other than Crayola and possibly too much glitter. You would spend the afternoon playing games, eating tons of the delicious sugary snacks the room mothers made, and sit at your desk and open your Valentines. Have a great day Champ? What does that mean?? I thought we were more?!
There are so many good reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Even if you are not in a romantic relationship, it is a wonderful habitude to express love and gratitude to anyone you appreciate or care for! As fun as this day can be, it can get a little tricky to figure out how to celebrate this chocolate drenched holiday in health conscious ways!
Aphrodisiac foods are commonly known to fire up passion and desire in the individual who partakes in them. We often think of oysters and chocolate among the commons of this list, but did you know that many of your healthy favorites can have similar effects?
An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.”
Almonds have been regarded as a fertility symbol throughout antiquity. It’s said that their aroma can entice passion, but at the very least they add a delightful texture and flavor to whatever dish they are added to.
Avocados have been considered an aphrodisiac since Mayan times, when they were eaten to improve sexual desirability. Avocados make for a great dish. They are creamy and smooth, and full of rich flavor.
We all know of chocolate as an aphrodisiac. Scientifically, it releases dopamine in the pleasure center of the brain. And for that reason, it makes a great food to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, or any day really. (Just be sure to stick with 60% of higher for maximum health benefits!)
This is one of my favorite ways to curb a sweet attack! Just eat a fig as is and enjoy! Figs are one of the oldest recorded fruits and were highly prized throughout history. The ancients Greeks associated them with love and fertility. Soft and sweet, they are a real delicacy of a fruit.
Bananas are loaded with potassium and Vitamin B which are said to be essential in the function of sex hormones. They’re naturally sweet, and make for a great addition to many desserts, and a perfect final note to a tasty meal.
Everyone says to avoid garlic at all costs when out on a date. But the truth is, if you both partake in it, neither of you will be bothered by it. And the spice of the garlic is said to get the blood pumping!
Vanilla is an incredibly potent spice. Just a sprinkle of it from the bean is all it takes to flavor an entire cake. And its aroma fills us with the memory of sweetness and good tastes. Consider making your own, it’s easy!
Don’t even think about taking the day off from your workout! I encourage you to grab a friend, a husband, a wife, a sister, or a co-worker and squeeze in this fun partner workout! It is one of my favorites, and is so much fun with your partner in crime!
Don’t Forget your new love themed playlist!
One of our favorite date nights, is a night at home making healthy homemade pizza and sipping red wine while we put it all together!
Ideas for your base:
Trader Joe’s premade Whole Wheat Pizza Crust-I will often stock up on a trip out to Trader Joe’s and store the dough in the freezer until we need to pull it out.
Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Pizza Crust-If my husband doesn’t want GF, I will open the package and only make half of the dough to construct a little pizza for me!
Zucchini Pizza Crust-This may be my favorite. I enjoyed growing my own zucchini this past summer, and I also took any extra friends were offering from their gardens. I shredded and stored it in individual freezer bags so it could be ready for use all year-long.
Sauce and Pesto:
Muir Glenn has a tasty and health minded line of products-their pizza sauce included!
Make your own healthy, delicious sauce!
I grow basil in my kitchen and find that pizza night is a great time to make some homemade pesto, or just throw the leaves on top of the pie for ultimate freshness. (Basil is also known to be an aphrodisiac food!)
Load up your pizza with fresh veggies (the more the better in my book!), and your choice of lean protein. I often use shredded white meat chicken, bell peppers, hot peppers, mushrooms, red onions, artichokes, and spinach. I love a sprinkle of goat cheese on top, but a light sprinkle of your favorite will do great!
How do you like your homemade pizza?!
Lastly, I would encourage you to find a way to pamper yourself, your friends, or your loved one. One of my clients is treating himself and his wife to dual foot massages at The Foot Place. Another couple from the gym are headed downtown for a night of dinner, hotel, and couple’s messages. Stay in a draw up a nice bubble bath (add a little Epsom’s salt to soak your sore muscles in…you will need it after that partner workout!) Another great idea is to gather your friends and enjoy something fun. A wine tasting, a comedy bar, or mani/pedis. I encourage this because I know we all work hard and are busy. Take care of yourself this day in body, mind, and spirit.