Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Give a healthy Valentine's Day gift.

Give a healthy Valentine’s Day gift.

Have you decided what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?  If your spouse, partner, friend or family member is trying to get healthy, there are a few gift ideas that are better than buying a big box of chocolates.  Why not show them how much you care about their well being by getting a healthy Valentine’s Day gift this year?

Wine and Chocolate

Believe it or not, these two decadent treats can be healthy, in moderation.  In a Newswire news report, Susan Ofria, clinical nutrition manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital explains why.

“Red wine and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contain resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar. Red wine is also a source of catechins, which could help improve “good” HDL cholesterol.”

But again, the key is moderation.  A single serving of red wine, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is 5 ounces.  That amount would fill about half of a standard red wine goblet.  A single serving of dark chocolate is one ounce, or about half of a candy bar.

Other Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

If you prefer to give your sweetie something other than food, think about creative and healthy ways that you can spend time together.  Commit to daily evening walks together, or a weekend visit to the local park for a long hike.  Another way to connect with your sweetheart is by cooking together.  Kitchen in the Market, located in the Midtown Global Market, is a  commercial cooking space that offers a wide range of classes by area chefs.  You can check out their offerings online and at the market.

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