Think Outside the Box of Chocolates

Healthy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

BOX-OF-CHOCOLATES-ins1By: Gennifer Strobo

This Valentine’s Day, love your sweetie and not the sweets. We don’t need chocolate and a decadent meal to celebrate our special someone. Here are a few ways to embrace the “Day of Love” and still love yourself in the morning…

BOX-OF-CHOCOLATES-ins2Get nostalgic with a movie. Rent the first movie you watched together as a couple. Snuggle on the couch and play footsies.

Enjoy a sunset walk. Stroll somewhere scenic, hold hands and make an agreement that you won’t talk about work or the kids. Just enjoy the fresh air and one another.

Write a love letter. Write out all those thoughts and feelings about your sweetie that get lost in the daily grind. It’ll mean so much to your love to read your heart-felt words.

Add ambiance to a healthy meal. Cook a healthy meal like salmon, roasted veggies, a crisp salad and a Greek yogurt parfait. Then, add romantic ambiance by lighting candles, adorning the table with flowers and playing soft music. During dinner, make a point to talk only about each other, your goals together and your dreams. No work or kid talk allowed.

BOX-OF-CHOCOLATES-ins3Take a bubble bath together. Light some candles, play soft music and just relax.

Fireside chat. If you have a fireplace, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to use it. Turn off the lights and the television and reminisce about why and how you fell in love with each other.

Get a couple’s massage. You may not be able to schedule the massage on Valentine’s Day, but give it to your honey as a gift for you both to enjoy later.

Go ice skating. If it’s available in your area, try this romantic activity. If it takes a half hour to drive there, even better— that’s just more time you can spend together one-on-one.

Wishing you a beautiful day with your love. As I always say, “Don’t make holidays about the food on your plate, make it about the company you keep.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Gennifer Strobo is an IFBB Figure Pro, Team Bombshell Head Coach, FMG Athlete and the mother of two beautiful daughters. For more healthy living tips, follow Gennifer on Twitter (@gennid76) and Facebook. For sponsorship, appearances etc: