Treating your loved one doesn’t have to mean sending them to an early grave! As Dietitians we often get asked about healthy meal ideas for special occasions. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it’s all about romantic food. So we have rounded up some nutritious, delicious and amorous foods which will fuel the flame. Here are our top 5 ideas for a decadent feast to make at home for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
1. Love potion
For Valentine’s Day, it’s important to pick your drink and stick with it. Try not to mix drinks and avoid cocktails, as the mixers generally used for this are quite sugary. We recommend sipping on a high-quality red wine over a white/bubbly wine. Red Wine is relatively low in sugar and calories and has antioxidants and other nutrients that actually can improve your health if drunk in moderation. Red Wine not to yours or your partner’s taste? That’s fine, pick your favourite and just remember to pace yourself to keep the romance from turning into a snooze fest later.
2. Enter the Entree
This Valentine’s Day, we recommend starting your meal with some Oysters! Yum! Not only are Oysters delicious but they have a large range of health benefits due to their minerals, vitamins and organic compounds. Oysters are a well-renowned aphrodisiac meaning that they can boost sexual performance and libido. If that isn’t reason enough to try Oysters this Valentine’s Day, we should also mention that they can strengthen your immune system, protects you from osteoporosis, they are beneficial for healing wounds, promotes blood circulation in the body and helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases… no not a broken heart! Season them with a little bit of natural lemon and ta-da, you’re all done.
3. Main meal for your main squeeze
Sexy is not about filling up to the point where you can’t move. Choose a meal which is vibrant, tasty and light. The very meal which will leave you wanting more… Try our delicious Salmon with herb, walnut & chilli salsa.
Salmon is delicious and is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, high in Vitamin B and a great source of high-quality protein and potassium, helping you feel fuller for longer. If you’re not a fan of salmon, you could also bake chicken breasts in the same way. Just keep testing to ensure it is cooked through well before serving.
4. Salad is sexy too
Salad can be super-special when you add watermelon. Vibrant and pretty with the pinks (and very on-theme for Valentine’s Day might we add), this is the perfect addition to add to any table. Watermelon is high in citrulline which promotes blood flow and circulation, good for getting the blood flowing to the heart and other organs! It also contains lycopene which supports heart and prostate health.
For a refreshing side dish or one to cleanse the palate before dessert, we recommend creating the Watermelon, feta and mint salad. Simply chop 1 kg of watermelon, 1 cucumber, 200g fetta, mix it all together before adding 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 cup of loosely chopped mint and cracked black pepper to taste. Keep it Simple Sexy.
5 Treat yo’ self
Yes, it is ok to treat yourself every once in a while, and what kind of treat would this Valentine’s Day dinner be without dessert? It’s time to get figgy with it! Tempt the taste buds with this delicious fig dessert. Figs are in season now, and have been long prized as a sensual food. We recommend preparing yours drizzled with honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a generous dollop of yoghurt. The sweetness of the honey will taste delightful with the tang of the yoghurt – oh and did we mention that honey and cinnamon are aphrodisiacs too!
Now that your meal is sorted the rest is up to you… Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!
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