Valentine's Day is just around the corner…are you planning to whip up something special for your sweetie?
If so, put a healthy twist on the decadent treats generally associated with the holiday with a few yummy dishes that won't break your Valentine's calorie bank.
Kick off the day with breakfast in bed, with heart-shaped, whole-wheat pancakes served up with strawberry sauce (get the recipe here), a couple of strips of turkey bacon and a small bowl of fresh fruit.
Or, try your hand at homemade Strawberry Nutella Pop Tarts, complete with a heart-shaped center.
If you're spending the day together, or just want to surprise your better half with a healthy homemade lunch, try a light, arugula and sun dried tomato pasta with whole-wheat angel hair noodles.
Or, make an arugula salad topped with figs, fennel and orange and pair it with sautéed salmon.
This salad is not only a healthy dish, but it's also packed with aphrodisiacs. While arugula and figs are known aphrodisiacs, ancient Egyptians also considered fennel to be a major libido enhancer, according to the Food Network.
For dinner, fix up an herb and dijon crusted bison filet, low-fat truffle mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus.
According to the Food Network, bison is a healthier and "heart-smart alternative" to beef because it contains less saturated fat (the network's recipe is only 2.8 grams of fat!). The dijon mustard used to make the dish also is an aphrodisiac.
On the same note, roasted asparagus is a great source of vitamins like potassium, A, E, C and K; Vitamin E and has also been linked to stimulating sex hormones.
Speaking of hormone-stimulators, if that dish doesn't make your tastebuds water, add some oysters--an aphrodisiac--to a low-fat seafood risotto topped with shrimp and scallops for a delicious (and sexy) meal.
Or, serve roasted lobster tails with a ginger dipping sauce, a side of steamed oysters and sautéed spinach.
To add some extra panache to your evening in, fill the room with candles and rose petals to set the mood.
When it's time for dessert, bring out some homemade dark-chocolate covered strawberries. According to WebMD, strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good cholesterol), lower your blood pressure, guard against cancer and are a great source of antioxidants. Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants as well.