It's OK to Treat Yourself – and Your Valentine!

February 9th, 2016

Ladies, do you want to make your Valentine happy and also keep him healthy? Gentlemen, do you want to earn bonus points with a romantic and healthy meal for your Valentine?

Are you afraid I’m going to say chicken? A salad with low-fat, low-calorie dressing? Grilled fish with a spritz of lemon juice? Think again. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Treat your taste buds with these flavorful, guilt-free culinary pleasures.

Start with a salad of mixed greens. Top with some sliced strawberries, a small handful of chopped walnuts and a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese. A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is all that you need to highlight this flavor combination.

Next, how about filet mignon, a very lean cut of beef? Simply rub with some sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and garlic powder then grill or broil. Serve alongside steamed asparagus dressed with sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil.

Is shrimp a favorite? Try sauteéing jumbo gulf shrimp in garlic and olive oil. Add a dash of your favorite white wine to the pan for a super tasty sauce. Serve over quinoa or brown rice (or not) – it's a hit!

Then there's pork. A couple of pork loin chops rubbed with sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic powder are wonderful grilled or broiled. Serve alongside some brussels sprouts tossed in olive oil and honey then baked in the oven.

All three of these menu options taste wonderful without being high in fat and calories so you can indulge in dessert!

End your meal with a beautiful, delicious berry parfait. Layer raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, or blueberries with homemade whipped cream. Flavor whipping cream with a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Go a little more extravagant by flavoring with Gran Marnier!

And for you chocolate lovers:

Chocolate Gooey Brownies

½ cup coconut flour
½ cup applesauce
1 cup water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp oil
¼ cup + 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
1/3 cup of coconut sugar (or you may use sugar/substitute of choice)

Whisk all liquid ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir all dry ingredients. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir until the mixture has a smooth consistency. Pour into an 8x8 inch, parchment-lined pan and bake at 350 degrees for 16-17 minutes. They will look underdone. Allow to cool, then transfer to fridge until set.

Happy Valentine's Day!