With the holiday of love rapidly approaching, wanting to adorn your special someone with a feast worthy of royalty is normal, not to mention the pounds of chocolate and candy you will undoubtadly shower them with...
It's easy to forget on Valentine's Day about that New Year's resolution. But nothing ruins a romantic feast like ordering like a bird. "She can have whatever she wants. Me, on the other hand...I will take the Ceasar Salad, dressing on the side, no cheese, and could you please make sure the chicken is extra lean?" Thankfully, our friends at Men's Health have compiled a handy little list of healthy foods that are romantic, too!
When you're dining out on one of the busiest nights of the year to do so, consider this:
Grab a cocktail while waiting for your table:
Opt for a glass of champagne or a cosmopolitan ranging between 130-150 calories instead of a sugar-packed margarita clocking in at a whopping 700 cals.
When you're sat, pick a starter:
Go all out with a raw bar appetizer for two (clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp, crab with lemon, and cocktail sauce), weighing in at a mere 175 calories and 8 grams of fat. Steer clear of the crab cake with aioli. Crab is healthy, but it loses most of its nutritional content when doused in mayo, breaded, then deep-fried, upping the calories to 400 and fat to over 25 grams.
Ready for that main course? Yes, please:
Don't let the veggies in a thick and creamy portion of Pasta Primavera (900 calories, 50 g fat, 65 g carbs) fool you, the dish is mainly refined carbs that burn off quickly, setting men and women up for an extreme energy crash which will surely put of damper on a romantic evening. Order the delicious and succulent Lamb chops with sautéed Swiss chard instead. This dish only totes 550 cals and 25 grams of fat, and most places can do it up so you as a couple can split it. Lamb is lean and high in protein and zinc - a mineral shown to boost libido.
There's always room for dessert:
Healthy doesn't mean tasteless. You can still indulge your sweettooth with your sweetheart this Valentine's day. Cheesecake may be a standard dessert, but when you consider the 1,000 calories and 65 grams of fat, you may want to choose something else. Believe it or not, chocolate fondue with strawberries and bananas is your best bet! At only 250 calories and 18 grams of fat, it's not only better for you, but what sets the mood more than feeding your partner chocolate-covered fruit?
And what's Valentine's Day without chocolate?
What a perfect time of year to leave little love reminders around the house for your partner. When picking out those chocolate goodies, though, remember one simple rule: The darker the better. Find chocolate with at least 60% cocoa as opposed to white chocolate which isn't actually chocolate at all. the white stuff contains exactly zero percent cacao, which means it contains none of the libido-boosting, feel-good chemicals found in dark chocolate.
Happy Valentine's Day, lovebirds.