Treat Your Sweetheart (Without the Sugar)
Bouquets of flowers and boxes of candy may be the traditional ways to say "I love you" on Valentine's Day. But, when you are trying to eat healthy and cut down on sugar, they aren't the best way to express yourself. Instead of reaching for the usual heart-shaped box of chocolate, treat your sweetheart to one of these heartfelt ideas:
Homemade Heart-Shaped Pretzels
Homemade pretzels are easy to make using recipes online like this one from Alton Brown. Instead of shaping them into the familiar twist before baking, roll out the dough and form it into hearts. These stick with the romantic theme but offer savory snacking instead of sugar-loaded sweets.
Pair the pretzels with a small jar of mustard for an extra special treat. You can either pick up a jar from a gourmet store or make a small custom batch of your own.
Rose Tea and a Nice Cup
Roses aren't just fun by the dozen. They also make a delicious and soothing tea. Rose petal tea is available at many Indian groceries and health food stores. This brew is mildly sweet without sugar and turns a lovely pink in your cup. You can also get creative and give an entire bouquet's worth of floral teas. There are teas made with jasmine, chamomile, lavender and many other common flowers.
Scented Massage Oil
A bottle of massage oil in a scent that appeals to your love can be an excellent gift. Massages are great for relieving stress and also offer opportunities for powerful bonding between couples. Look for oils that are organic and use natural plant-based oils instead of petroleum-based oil.
Book a Couple's Class
Researchers know that experiences make us more happy than possessions. And, when we share a positive experience with someone, it makes us feel more romantic toward them. Book a class together so you can share the excitement of learning a new skill. Most metropolitan areas offer evening classes in subjects that range from cooking to stained glass to home-brewing. Pick one that sparks both your interest and you may come away with a new shared hobby.
If Chocolate Is a Must
Just not Valentine's Day without chocolate? Instead of sugar-laden supermarket treats, go for a bar of Lakanto Sugar-Free chocolate
. These handcrafted bars are made with Arriba Nacional beans and boast a 55% cacao content. You can wrap the bars as is or chop them for inclusion in other Valentine's treats. If you need some ideas, be sure to check out some of our favorite recipes