Tired of seeing red, plush bears, hearts and constant reminders that you’re once again single on Valentine’s Day? Me too. Rather than pout…turn that frown upside down and celebrate Singles Awareness Day with eight commitment-free and self-indulgent activities with your three favorite people: me, myself and I.
When it comes to favorite holidays, we salute the concept of Valentine’s Day. Twenty-four hours devoted to love…and chocolate…and, well, more chocolate. What’s not to like?!
Whether you’re seeking a gift for a colleague, a friend, your mom or your true love, chocolate can provide a present that will be greeted with delight. And the good news: By choosing a healthy version of chocolate, you can also provide your recipient with a good dose of antioxidants and other beneficial natural nutrients.
Any school event that encourages other people to give my kid disgusting chemical and dye filled candy is an event I loathe. Valentine’s Day seems to be the pinnacle of cheap, red dye 40-laden candy. Besides the fact that my kids are extremely sugar reactive and turn into little dictators when they’re on a sugar-high, I just can’t sit idly by while entire classrooms of little ones are pumped full of junk.
Kick canned cranberry sauce to the curb! Here’s a fresh, homemade version that’s so delicious, it earned an upgrade from modest side dish to star of the holiday show. For big family feasts or a healthy dinner any day of the year, cover baked chicken with this tangy, naturally sweet topping, made in minutes on your stovetop with a few simple, wholesome ingredients.
Is there anything cozier than baking during the holidays? The weather outside may be frightful, but inside it’s warm and wonderfully fragrant with cinnamon and chocolate.
Think that because you’re on a diet you can’t indulge in holiday baking? Oh yes you can, with this guide to smart swaps.
Platters overflow with cookies. Pies are piled high. There’s no shortage of sweets on your holiday table, but are any of them healthy? Bring on the baked pears! These festive fruits are warmed and drizzled with raw honey and non-fat Greek yogurt for a nutritious and delicious dessert. Top with a sprinkling of homemade granola to keep the sugar count down and elegance level up.
Food is everywhere during the holidays. If you’re like everyone else, you don’t want to miss out on the fun treats all around. To avoid overindulging, it’s a good idea to keep plenty of delicious and nutritious snacks on hand. That way, you’ll feel satisfied without suffering the sugar crash that sends you back to the platter for more cookies 20 minutes after the first splurge!
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