Enjoy healthier Valentine's Day treats by getting a fresh fruit bouquet instead of chocolates or by choosing unrefined sugars and alternative grains in favorite recipes, registered dietitian Karen Raden writes. People on restricted diets, such as gluten-free, may want to bake a dessert at home instead of ordering one out, or to bring a healthy treat to a Valentine's Day party, Raden writes.
Americans prefer chocolate instead of flowers for Valentine's Day, according to a recent NCA survey, and a recent analysis of MRI data by advertising experts Will Feltus and Mike Shannon examined whether or not politics play a role in their favorite candy. A poll found that Republicans prefer dark and filled chocolates, Democrats prefer chocolates that contain nuts, fruit or crisped rice and Independents prefer candy bars like Butterfingers, 3 Musketeers and Snickers. However, M&Ms proved to be an all-around favorite.
Smart snacks are an important part of a healthful diet, and snacks should consist of good fats, protein and/or fiber to be most beneficial, registered dietitian Molly Kimball writes. RDs and nutrition experts offer their favorite go-to sweet and savory snacks, including recipes.
Vitamin D and calcium are important to bone health, but so is the overall dietary plan, and getting nutrients from food is better than using supplements, nutrition experts say. Registered dietitian Kathryn Ciamaichelo says her suggestions for boosting calcium include milk and enriched milk alternatives, plus sources such as bok choy, kale, turnip greens and almonds.
Dove Chocolate partnered with Martha Stewart to create a line of special-edition Dove Promises chocolates for the holidays and Valentine's Day. The chocolates will be available in dark, almond, caramel and peppermint, and will be packaged with holiday tips from Martha Stewart Living magazine.