It might seem a little risky, but Valentine’s Day can be the right time to make some changes by swapping out the traditional gifts of candy and flowers with meaningful and healthy alternatives.
- Rather than tempting your beloved with chocolates, consider a gift that has more permanence. Search for a poem or write one that describes your feelings and write it on beautiful paper for a handmade Valentine.
- For the special someone with a sweet tooth, prepare a fruit dessert that is tasty and healthy.
- Create a basket of healthy snacks.
- Experiment with different spices when preparing a romantic dinner.
- Sign yourself and your special someone up for an exercise class or cooking class.
- Rather than flowers that will die quickly, why not give a complete garden-in-a-can seed kit or gardening tools? Your loved one can grow fresh, organic, non-GMO vegetables… Romantic, right?
- Purchase tickets to a local theatre or performing arts center.
- Give your sweetheart personal training or massage gift certificates.
- Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan an active outing such as sledding, ice skating, gathering wood for a fire, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock wall.
- One of the best things you can do for your heart is to give up smoking or help a loved one quit.
After Valentine’s Day, keep the momentum going and look for new and healthy ways to celebrate special days and every day! The change will help you grow and gain new insights into your life.