What if I told you certain foods for Valentine’s Day can actually help slim you down? Don’t believe me, you say? Well, I’m here to give you good news ladies, because it’s true. Okay, now that box of assorted chocolates isn’t what I’m talking about here, nor the box of Sweethearts candy we all love! However, there are certain foods for Valentine’s Day that are actually very figure friendly! Check out these slimming foods for Valentine’s Day, which can actually improve your love life a little too!
1. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is hands down one of my favorite slimming superfoods of all, and it’s one of the best foods for Valentine’s Day too. Now, obviously, the closer you consume chocolate to its natural source the better. So, go for dark chocolate that’s 80% or higher cacao content, or better yet, go for raw cacao, my favorite. I also like Hershey’s dark cocoa powder to use during Valentine’s Day to make chocolate waffles, brownies and muff\fins using coconut instead of white flour. You can also make your sweetheart a piping hot cup of hot cocoa with it too! Dark chocolate stimulates endorphins in the body, raises your metabolism and lowers your appetite. It also burns fat, aids in mood health, and induces the same hormones in our body that are produced when we fall in love.
Salmon is frequently served at Valentine’s Day dinners, and that’s no coincidence! Salmon is a lean source of protein, great for stimulating fat burn, appetite satisfaction, and it’s also a huge libido booster. It’s rich in mood boosting fat, complete amino acids, B vitamins and also zinc, a natural libido booster. Trout and halibut are also comparable in benefits if you’re not a fan of salmon.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Alongside salmon, sweet potatoes are often served at Valentine’s Day dinners. They are rich in potassium that beats bloat, carbs that give you energy and produce serotonin in your body to boost your mood. They’re also high in Vitamin B6 which gives you energy, evens your mood, and boosts blood flow to the brain. Sweet potatoes' fiber content also helps fill you up to prevent overeating, but it won’t bloat you up. Sweet potatoes are very easy to digest and they are one of the best foods for IBS. They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day because they add lots of flavor, satisfaction and color to your plate, which is great for sustaining you and stimulating satisfaction in your meal. Men also love sweet potatoes as a huge bonus, due to their hearty feel.
Asparagus is hands down one of my top favorite foods. It’s also very popular to serve during Valentine’s Day, usually with fish actually, because of it’s libido boosting properties. Asparagus is not only naturally slimming because it’s high in B vitamins and potassium, but it’s also known to promote chemicals in the brain that spike the libido. For years, it’s been said to be a natural aphrodisiac, and it’s low in carbs so it won’t cause a blood sugar spike. Grill it or saute it with spices for the healthiest options. I love it freshly grilled with just a touch of lemon juice and pepper to season!
5. Red Wine
Red wine should be your top alcoholic choice for Valentine’s Day if you’re of the age and going to drink. It is the lowest calorie wine that has the least sugars with the most antioxidants. If you want the best choice of red wine, go for Pinot Noir. It’s lowest in sugar of all red wines and higher in antioxidants than other wines as well. If you don’t drink then just have plain water, but if you want something special, make it red wine! Red wine’s antioxidant content can help boost your mood, protect your heart, and it’s a traditional romance beverage choice for Valentine’s Day.
Oysters are a commonly known libido boosting food. They’re high in zinc, which promotes testosterone in the body that boosts your sex drive, they’re slimming, and high in protein. Their amino acids and B vitamins also help boost your mood.. I personally don’t care for oysters, but if you’re a mussels fan, they carry the same benefits.
7. Sirloin Steak
I am not a meat eater, but if you are, there is one meat that’s slimming and a top food served during Valentine’s Day. Sirloin steak is the leanest choice when it comes to red meat. It’s popular to serve sirloin during Valentine’s Day for this reason. Sirloin steak contains only about 7 grams of fat per steak, 2 grams of saturated fat, and is carb-free. It’s also high in protein, B vitamins, and zinc. Serve it alongside slimming asparagus or sweet potatoes for the best waist-friendly options.
Many people serve a Valentine’s Day breakfast using berries, or dessert, such as berries with brownies, or berries with cream. Berries are not only colorful for the holiday, but they’re also rich in libido boosting properties. For instance, their antioxidant content boosts brain health, energy, and aids in heart health. They’re also a great source of easy to digest fiber, and they are low in sugar. Berries are also naturally slimming due to their low calorie content, low sugar content and high water and potassium content. These factors help beat bloat, weight gain and poor blood sugar. Add a few strawberries, raspberries or your favorite kind to any Valentine’s Day breakfast, brunch or dessert for a colorful, romantic punch!
Eggs may not seem like a romantic food, but here me out. If you’re serving breakfast in bed, consider some scrambled eggs or egg whites. They’re rich in lean protein if you use mostly whites, they’re carb-free to beat bloat, and they have a huge array of B vitamins, iron, zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acids. Be sure to obtain your eggs or whites from humane sources and organic sources so you’re not ingesting pesticides, or hormones as well. Plus, studies have shown that eggs from these sources have more slimming nutrients in them, than chickens fed fattening grains like soy and corn from inorganic eggs. Eggs are one of the best foods for brain health, and they’re great to quell your appetite. Serve them alongside some of those festive berries for a delicious and complete Valentine’s Day breakfast!
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean you have to gain weight by eating milk chocolates and sugar cookies. Try serving up some of these healthy options, or even make some healthy brownies or cupcakes! What are your favorite foods for Valentine’s Day?