78815991You don’t need sugar to be sweet on Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect holiday to evaluate what your heart really needs. Take this opportunity to evaluate how you treat your heart and how you could be treating it better.

Here are some ideas for making this Valentine’s Day your sweetest yet:

  • Show some love to your community. Drop the box of chocolates and stuffed animals. The perfect gift for your loved one is a charitable donation in their name to community-serving organization. Planning your Valentine’s date around a service based activity allows for some quality time while giving back to your community.
  • Take a long romantic walk. Get your heart rate up by taking a walk with your partner. Walking is a great way to fit in your daily physical activity and to take a few minutes to appreciate your partner while spending quality time together.
  • Spend time with loved ones. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with loved ones. What better way to spend time than cook together! Ditch the dinner reservations and work on your culinary skills. Winter is a great time to try out recipes that include brussels sprouts, root vegetables and winter squash. These vegetables are some of the freshest in the produce department because of how well they grow in the winter months. They’re also incredible versatile! Check out some of UVM’s own recipes that feature some of these great ingredients. If you can’t help yourself and want to go out keep in mind that you should consider our next point.
  • Share a meal with your partner. Restaurant portions are typically at least double the size of what you need. While looking over the menu together, try to avoid any menu listing that is fried, buttered, or sautéed. Menu options that are better for you and your heart are foods that have been steamed, baked, grilled, or even roasted.

These tips are sure to make your Valentine’s Day sweeter than ever. The key to a great Valentine’s Day is spending time with your loved ones, take a day away from stress and spend it focusing on what really matters — your heart!

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