With Valentine's Day around the corner it seems like all we see stocking the shelves are chocolates and sweet treats. Pair the chocolates with a few sweetheart candies and before you know it we're headed into March without a proper game plan for our diets. This Valentine's Day try swapping out the calorie-heavy treats for guilt-free sweets with your sweetie.
1. KIND Bar- Instead of buying the typical chocolate bar for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, grab one of KIND's dark chocolate bars. Their new Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar is a perfect option as it only has 5 grams of sugar, with nothing artificial and is made with real, wholesome ingredients. To boost, it is a great source of fiber and protein.
2. POM Wonderful- An 8oz bottle of POM contains the juice from two whole pomegranates, and nothing more- no added sugar, artificial ingredients or cheap filler juices. Powered by pomegranate antioxidants, POM’s 100 percent pomegranate juice is authentic, delicious and 100 percent natural. POM’s 100 percent pomegranate juice is a good source of potassium, naturally gluten-free, non-GMO project verified and contains polyphenol antioxidants.100 percent pomegranate juice helps protect the body against “free radicals,” which are unstable molecules that cause damage to our bodies over time.
3. In The Raw-Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to derail those healthy eating New Year’s resolutions. You can have your cake and eat it too! Create slimmed down treats perfect for the Valentine with a sweet tooth. Replace sugar with zero calorie sweeteners like Stevia In The Raw, which gets its sweetness from a leaf extract, or Monk Fruit In The Raw, which gets its sweetness from a fruit extract. These tasty sugar alternatives from In The Raw are a wholesome way to cut down on sugar and calories, while enjoying a sweet treat with your sweetheart. They come in a variety of options, including a Bakers Bag that measures cup for cup like sugar. Use these sugar-free sweeteners to substitute sugar in any Valentine’s Day recipe such as chocolate truffles and you’ll have a guilt-less treat you can feel good about digging into!
Amie Valpone is a celebrity chef and nutrition expert who healed herself from a decade of chronic illness. She is the author of the new cookbook Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body and the founder of TheHealthyApple.com. Amie has been featured in numerous magazines and TV. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.