Healthy Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Trade cliché for healthy with these Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

There is an infinite amount of options when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, but what better gift is there than good health? This year get your significant other something that comes with lifelong benefits. Check out these healthy Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Dark Chocolate
Same sweetness, more benefits. Strengthen his or her heart in more ways than one by replacing your box of milk chocolates with dark chocolates. Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Heart-shaped candies may be great for sending cute love messages, but that’s about all they’re good for. Replace candy with an organic fruit basket to send the same amount of love with more nutrients and less sugar. Add a hand-written love note to send a personal message that a miniature candy never could.

It may not sound like a gift, but exercise can be far more rewarding. Plan a walk or a hike in a scenic area and bond with your significant other in a way you may not be used to. It’s romantic, healthy and can save you money. Plus, if you have a dinner planned, it may offer a little relief when the dessert menu looks too good to pass up on.

Whether you plan to dine out or cook in, try salmon instead of red meat. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can reduce your risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and even Alzheimer's disease. Adversely, red meats can contribute to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Diamonds and electronic devices are great for producing temporary smiles, but they have no health benefits. Give them a trip to the spa instead. A massage can reduce stress and help alleviate pain and depression. Or, get a couple’s massage so you can both reap the benefits and spend some quality time together while doing so.

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