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Monday, February 14, 2011

I Want To Be My Valentine

I like to remind myself on Valentine's Day, that the #1 person to love is myself.  Now is the time to be focused on putting the right foods in my body, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep.  I know without taking the steps to insure my health is intact I can't possibly be there for the Valentine's in my life.  So today, I won't treat myself to a box of chocolate's as they are full of saturated fat, which is completely the opposite of loving myself.  Instead, I will melt down some 70% chocolate chips in my microwave, and I will dip them in some strawberries. I am so grateful for the education I have received in the past few years when it comes to what I put in my body.

A few tidbits about having those chocolate dipped strawberries.....

1) Dark Chocolate has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure
2) Dark Chocolate has been shown in studies that it lowers your bad cholesterol LDL
3) Contains Serotonin, a natural mood-boosting anti-depressant
4) Stimulates endorphins
5) The saturated fats in dark chocolate do not elevate cholesterol levels
6) Dark chocolate is hearty in antioxidants

Team that up with Strawberries:

1) A cup of strawberries is approximately 50 calories
2) Strawberries are a natural source of Folate & Potassium
3) Strawberries are an excellent source of Dietary Fiber & Vitamin C 
4) Strawberries are an excellent source of Maganese which utilizes several key nutrients, keeping your 
bones strong and healthy, helping your body to synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol, helps maintain normal blood sugar levels , promotes optimal function of your thyroid gland, maintains the health of your nerves and protects your cells from free-radical damage.

So today I toast my Valentine with Dark Chocolate dipped strawberries.  2 tbs of 70% dark chocolate  teamed up with a cups worth of organic strawberries.  Total calories on this plate of strawberries made in 2 minutes by me, 190 calories.  

Here is some typical other Valentine's Day choices:

2 Hershey kisses: 50 cal / 2 gm fat
1 Dark chocolate dipped strawberry = 48 cal / 2 gm fat (not homemade!)
1 Lindt truffle = 80 cal / 6 gm fat
1 Godiva truffle = 110 cal / 13 gm fat
1 Godiva liquer truffle = 100 cal / 7 gm fat
1 small piece of chocolate fudge (1 piece, .6oz) = 70 calories, 1.8g fat 
Chocolate martini (1) = 438 calories, 20g fat 
1 pound box of chocolate = 1400 calories

I have many Valentine's in my life with my husband and family, but I am staying focused on #1, just as the flight attendant says, "put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others".  I am taking care of #1 so I can love the ones that love me.

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!!


Sabine said...

I like the comment about the oxygen mask......A bit weird bot so true
Personally I consider Valentine's day totally over-rated. To me it's another artifical holiday.
I take a smal bouquet of floweres (or whatever) totally spontaniously any time of the year over a bunch of red roses on valentines.....
Mind you hubby got me a single red rose this morning.
Just love the man to pieces....37 years later.............

Cat Chez said...

My hubby knows "no roses" on V-Day. Had to be sure to tell him no munchies either. He did bring me home a beautiful mix of flowers from NYC. Its hard to walk by them without stopping, they are on every corner and are amazing. They were a nice surprise, and I really enjoyed the strawberries I made. (I make them here and there anyway) Oh yeah and the idea of going out to eat so restaurants can over charge thanks!! Feel the same way about Easter and Mother's Day too...not over rated but I don't appreciate paying double for what I can eat tomorrow. This year and last year, no problem since Fitness Ridge will be home on Easter Sunday once again.

Anonymous said...

Such a great post - thank you for putting this up. Since being at the BLR i really really have been learning and changing my life so that I am my own valentine every day. This was beautifully written and very appropriate timing.

Thank you!