Valentine’s Day – The Healthy Way!

Valentine’s Day – The Healthy Way!

 

For all you lovers out there, whether you have a spouse, significant other, roommate, best friend, parent, or sibling that you plan to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with, here are some suggestions that will save you some dollars and some calories! Plus, a home-cooked meal earns major bonus points!

Instead of going out to a crowded restaurant where your dinner will take 2 hours and cost you over $100, try this:

APPETIZERS:

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops – save time and buy the frozen ones at the grocery store

Arugula Fig Salad – Plate a large handful of arugula for each person, sprinkle with pink himalayan sea salt, and lay 2 fresh figs sliced length-wise around the edge of the plate. If you love cheese as much as your partner, place a spoonful or two of a nice soft goats milk cheese in the center, then drizzle with a Balsamic Glaze. (Home Goods sells an AWESOME glaze!)

DINNER:

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Poached Wild Caught Salmon – Heat 1/2″ water + 1 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil in a frying pan, place fillet in pan once water starts to simmer and cover immediately. Keep an eye on your salmon as it will cook very quickly. I like mine to still be reddish/pink in the center so I take it out around 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt & freshly ground black pepper and BOOM! Salmon is done! Easy peasy!

Roasted Asparagus – Cut the bottom ends off, rinse, and then toss in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, and crushed dried Rosemary. My new favorite thing to do with my roasted veggies is add a single drop of Rosemary Essential Oil so I get that awesome Rosemary flavor without stabbing myself in the mouth with the sharp little pieces! You can buy the pure essential oil that is safe for cooking on my doTERRA website HERE . The best part – it will be shipped directly to you in a matter of days!

DESSERT:

 

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Try one of my favorite chocolate creations. They are all super simple and sinfully rich!

Chocolate Peppermint Coconut Bark

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

*There is a pattern here, can you tell I love Chocolate? BONUS: Cocoa has antioxidant properties and may help lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. Eating cocoa may boost Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that produces feel good emotions! For this reason it can also act as a mild anti-depressant.

Reference: http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/dark_chocolate.html

 

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WINE:

Of course we can’t forget the beverages. My go to would be an oaky chardonnay to go with the buttery salmon and a deep fruity red to go with dessert. Some of my favorites, all under $20 a bottle, are Menage a Trois – Red Blend, La Crema – Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, Apothic – Red Blend, or Cupcake – Chardonnay

 

I hope you find this menu helpful! If you make any of the recipes, please share a picture of them on Facebook or Instagram and tag me along with the hashtag #OTBNutrition so I can find them and admire your creations!