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February 12, 2022

Have you ever wondered how to have a healthy approach to Valentine's Day?

For some, Valentine's Day is the beginning of the end of healthy New Year's resolutions.

Maybe it's a fancy, decadent four-course meal, a special box of chocolates from a loved one, baking red and white cupcakes for your kids' school, or just the lure of the candy shelf.

One thing's for sure: Valentine's Day isn't known for being the healthiest or most sustainable holiday!

But here's a thought. Isn't the best way to express your love for a partner to show them that you care about their health and well-being?

We don't have to get caught up in the commercial idea of Valentine's Day - all the candy, the food, the sugary treats.

You can also do the opposite. You can celebrate love by celebrating health, compassion, sustainability, and making choices that just feel good. Here are a few ideas on how you can do just that:

1. Get outside and do something active together.

Go for a walk, play tennis, go snowshoeing, or just go to the gym for 30 minutes. The point is to spend time together doing something you both enjoy...and that's good for your heart!

2. Do something good for others.

Show your love for animals, the planet, or other people through an organized volunteer activity or a simple impromptu trash pickup. Help out at an animal shelter, donate to a charity in the name of a loved one, or simply make sure your celebrations are cruelty-free. You're sure to spread some love and feel good about it.

3. Don't make food the focus of the day.

There's nothing wrong with going out together and enjoying a good meal, but there's no need to overdo it just because it's a holiday. If you're going to share a dessert or have a second glass of wine, make sure it fits within the framework of a healthy and balanced day, week, month and lifestyle of physical activity and healthy eating.

4.You don't have to buy candy this year.

Just because they come packaged in a heart-shaped box doesn't mean candy is the ultimate expression of true love. Most traditional Valentine's Day candy contains animal products, high fructose corn syrup, food coloring and many other harmful ingredients.

There is a great alternative for Valentine's Day snacks that you can find on our website.

Introducing: Smart Bites - energy balls for every occasion. Our product is vegan and sugar-free. You can order it here.

5. Don't wait for a holiday.

Don't wait for a holiday to show the people in your life how much you love them. Make your loved ones feel appreciated every day. Gifts and flowers are not necessary. Just preparing (or sharing) a healthy meal together, showing interest in life's events and generous praise for remarkable efforts and accomplishments go a long way toward building a strong, healthy relationship and a stable emotional bank account.

Do you have any other great ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day in a healthy and eco-friendly way? We'd love to hear from you (in the comments below).

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A widely known fact. Reducing meat consumption and eating more plant-based foods can help improve your health.

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For Valentine's Day, why not try our SMART BITES. You can choose a mix of our best energy balls or pick your favorite here

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