I just love the holidays but so many of them revolve around food that it can be hard to stick to my healthy eating goals. I just barely made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve and now Valentine’s Day is here. I’m not sure how much more willpower I have left!

Do This, Not That For Valentine’s Day

Thankfully, I can still enjoy Valentine’s Day by keeping a few helpful, healthy tips in mind.  All things are good in moderation and while I don’t have a lot of willpower, making a few healthy choices will go along way toward making Valentine’s Day a healthier day.

  1. If you’re asked what you want for Valentine’s Day, don’t say chocolate. How about flowers, perfume, jewelry or lingerie instead?
  2. If you must ask for chocolate, ask for a small sampler box containing 4 pieces. It’s easier to control yourself with 4 than 40.
  3. If your significant other feels the need to really wow you with something bigger than a sampler box, how about chocolate covered strawberries?
  4. When going out to dinner, have a salad before the main meal. It will fill you up so you’re less tempted to indulge on the entree or bread.
  5. If you’ll be choosing an appetizer, ask for shrimp cocktail. This is a wonderful indulgence that’s actually very low in calories and in carbohydrates.
  6. Avoid entrees that are served over pasta or with a heavy sauce like an al fredo sauce. Instead look for the words steamed or sauteed when choosing.
  7. If the main dish you want comes with bread, pasta, rice or potatoes and you think willpower will be an issue, ask them to substitute a vegetable side instead.
  8. If you really want an indulgent dessert after your meal, consider splitting it  with your partner.
  9. After enjoying your Valentine’s Day dinner or candy, now about a nice, long walk together to burn off some calories?

Following these tips will let you enjoy Valentine’s Day without regretting your indulgences the next day (or week). I really do enjoy having a few pieces of gourmet chocolate for Valentine’s Day but I have asked my husband not to bring me home a big box this year. I know I won’t be able to resist all that candy for very long. This way, I’ll have a few pieces to enjoy without feeling bad about my lack of willpower afterwards.

What healthy choices will you make for Valentine’s Day?