Romantic & Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes

A special dinner with your special someone doesn't have to mean extra special pounds on the scale the next day.

Whether you are celebrating with a significant other or having a “Gal-entine’s Day” with friends, it’s always a good idea to make the day special with special foods—and even better when those foods nourish and energize you – instead of leaving you feeling guilty and bloated.

So show your body some love this Valentine’s Day with these fun, themed treats that’ll leave you feeling great and ready for the gym on the 15th!

Whole Strawberries

If you can get a good, greenhouse-ripened batch of strawberries this time of year, they are wonderful (and kinda heart shaped!). I encourage you to eat them without the enrobing chocolate or powdered sugar; they are actually so sweet and delicious on their own! If no good fresh strawberries are to be had, try boiling some frozen ones down into a strawberry sauce that can be used to sweeten up oatmeal or other breakfast grains!

Lightened-Up Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo 

This fettuccine will make you feel like you are out on a fancy Italian date night, with just enough creaminess to be decadent but enough veggies and shrimp to be nutrition-packed!

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken with Lemon 

Relying on the sweetness of honey, the tang of mustard, and the sour lemon addition for flavor, this recipe steers clear of hidden calories while never skimping on tastiness. If your normal chicken meals use fried batter or a breadcrumb exterior, try this one for a lean and delicious Valentine’s!

Heart-Shaped Roasted Beets and Potatoes 

This recipe made my heart skip a…beat! Snaz up your side dish while getting some nutritious and colorful veggies in; you don’t have to cut the beets into heart shapes, but come on! Even the anti-romantic might get a kick out of this one.

Italian Tortellini Salad

If gray February days are getting you down, this is the perfect hearty pasta salad to brighten your day! It travels well, so if you are going to a party instead of out on an intimate date, this is a great dish to bring along.

Easy Baked Salmon

Fish is considered fancy even though it cooks fast, tastes amazing with minimal seasoning, and is quite good for you. Try out some salmon with roasted veggies to feel like you are a grand chef even though it doesn’t take long to make this dish happen.

Make it WayBetter

Valentine’s Day is all about love, so make sure to celebrate your choice to embark on a healthy journey! If a friend or significant other is also trying to lose weight or eat well, encourage them on Valentine’s Day and remind them of their amazing progress!