One of the best gifts that a couple can give to each other is a healthy heart and body. And while eating healthy should be an everyday exercise, we wanted to give you some extra-special dishes so that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. Sure, you could join other couples at a glitzy restaurant, but you should instead make the day special and totally unique.
Start your Valentine’s Day off right with delicious vegan pancakes for breakfast. For lunch, you can enjoy a picnic lunch made of protein-rich veggie sandwiches and a nice fruit salad. You and your Valentine can then end the day with a nice low-calorie dinner. These dishes are perfect for those of us who aren’t always the most adept in the kitchen, but we still want to eat delicious and healthy food.
Breakfast – Vegan Flax-Blueberry Pancakes
Don’t be scared off by the “vegan” or “flax” descriptors. Pancakes don’t have to be coated in butter or syrup to still taste great.
4 teaspoons of flaxseed meal
6 teaspoons of hot water
One half cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 cup of wheat flour
1 pinch of sea salt
One half teaspoon of vanilla extract
One half teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1. Put flaxseed meal inside a mixing bowl, and add boiling water. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes or until it’s gooey.
2. Mix in the milk and yogurt, really well.
3. Mix in salt and flour.
4. Blend in the remaining ingredients
5. Heat the pan and coat with a olive oil, or vegan oil
6. Pour desired about into the pan
7. Flip over to get the desired look and consistency
8. Serve with strawberry or maple syrup and add blueberries
Lunch – Mediterranean Veggie Sub
Roasted and sautéed vegetables taste great inside a sandwich. Have a nice romantic lunch in the park, if the weather permits.
2-3 Bell Peppers (choose a variety of colors for pizazz)
2 Medium Eggplants, sliced into circles 1/8th-inch thick
4-6 Mushrooms, sliced
2-3 Garlic Cloves, crushed or muddled
2 Tablespoons of low-fat Mayonnaise (olive-oil based replacement also works well)
1 Loaf of Focaccia Bread
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Preheat the oven to at least 400 degrees.
2. Lightly brush bell peppers and eggplant slices with olive oil.
3. Place on a baking sheet for 25 minutes until tender.
4. Sauté the mushrooms using one teaspoon of olive oil
5. Blend crushed garlic into mayonnaise
6. Slice Focaccia in half, the long way
7. Put mayonnaise mixture on one side of Focaccia
8. Peel, core, and slice the bell peppers.
9. Arrange veggies on Focaccia bread
10. Wrap the sandwich in a plastic saran wrap
11. Place a cutting board (or another hefty flat surface) on top of sandwich.
12. Let it stay pressed for 2 hours
13. Remove from wrap, slice, and enjoy
Delicious Fruit Salad
1 pound of freshly quartered strawberries
1 sliced pineapple cut into chunks
1 sliced Fuji apple cut into nice chunks
1 small container of plain or Greek yogurt
1. Place all the fresh fruits into one large bowl, and gently mix them together.
2. Refrigerate for about an hour.
3. Serve to your loved one with yogurt topping.
Dinner – Grilled Fish with Pecans and Oranges
Here’s a delightful, tasty dish, and you can prepare it in just 1 skillet in about 20 minutes!
1 10oz. Fish of your choice (tilapia, sole, or any standard white fish is preferred)
Dash of salt
Dash of black pepper
1 tablespoon of plain salt-free butter
1 minced shallot
4 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
4 teaspoons of toasted chopped nuts, preferably pecans or walnuts
4 teaspoons of freshly chopped dill
1. Remove the skin from the orange.
2. Place individual orange slices in bowl, preserving the juice.
3. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper
4. Coat large non-stick pan with coating spray and heat
5. Cook soles for 1 minute and tilapia for 3 minutes
6. Flip again, until center is done
7. Melt butter to heated pan
8. Add shallot and continue cooking, until soft, about 30 seconds
9. Add vinegar and orange slices and juice. Cook for 30 seconds
10. Cover fish with sauce, and add pecans and dill for extra flavor
Preparing a healthy beverage for your Valentine’s Day is optional, but it could become just as tasty as the food itself. If you have a blender, you can create your own refreshing beverage to complement your lunch or dinner. Combine a pint of milk (low-fat, soy or almond milk work well), 2 bananas, a few strawberries sliced into quarters, and 2 kiwis that have been peeled and sliced inside a blender. Add a few ice cubes for a frosty effect. Blend well and enjoy. You can experiment a bit with vegetables as well to create a something protein-packed for breakfast.
Whatever you choose to eat on Valentine’s Day, make sure that you show your special someone just how much you love them. It could be something classic like a card, a dozen of red roses, and a box of dark chocolates, but with our healthy meal, the two of you will enjoy wonderful food that’s good for you and tastes good too!