Spoil your loved one, but not your waistline!
In this article we hope to help you add a splash of healthy romance to your Valentine’s Day meal. Whether you are eating out or staying in or just looking for heart healthy tips, this page is for you!
If you are treating your loved one to a restaurant meal, don’t worry, you don’t have to deny yourself to eat healthily. Take your time, enjoy the food and company, but do stop eating when you are full.
Some restaurant dishes can be deceptively high in fat and salt, so here are a few ideas to help you make wise choices.
- Look for descriptions - Items described as fried, buttered, breaded, battered or containing a creamy or cheese based sauce are likely to be high in calories and fat. Instead go for dishes described as baked, steamed, grilled, stir fried or those containing tomato or vegetable based sauces.
- Make it lean - Go for grilled lean meats and fish, rather than burgers, sausages or pies.
- Dressing on the side - Salads may seem a healthier option but if it contains croutons, cheese or a high fat creamy dressing like Caesar. It may have considerably more calories than you think. Why not ask for the dressing on the side and add only a small amount or try a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon.
- Skip the fried sides - Don’t be tempted to order high fat side dishes such as fried chips. Choose lots of vegetable sides to fill up on instead.
- It’s good to share - One dessert, 2 spoons? The fruitier the better!