The Ultimate Guide to Valentine's Day by Dietitians

If you haven't heard, Valentine's Day is on Wednesday. Totally kidding - I know you know. 

In lieu of a recipe I decided to do a beast of a blog post round-up sharing some content from other dietitian bloggers who already have a plethora of mouthwatering creations on their blogs. I like a fancy date night out on the town as much as the next person but I also LOVE (see what I did there?) making something fabulous and special at home and passing on the crowds and overpriced wine in the process. Plus then I get to wear my comfy clothes. I wanted to make sure that if you feel the same way, you are fully armed with recipes, no matter what your preference. 

Whether you are looking for festive red breakfasts, special occasion worthy dinner ideas, or desserts, I've got you covered. And as a bonus, many of these also have some sort of heart health component or nutritious twist which makes celebrating all that more fun. I love the creativity that went into these (especially the desserts!) yet none of them look like they are lacking in flavor because let's be real, that's the most important part. 

Oh and I also threw in some articles and "just for fun" resources at the end including a podcast on why you should eat more chocolate (sold), a link to some free Valentine's Day card printables, and a list of alternatives to treats if that's not your thing.

Without further ado, I present to you my ultimate guide to Valentine's Day by dietitians. I hope you find it useful and if you do, share away my friends!

photo credit: Grateful Grazer (www.gratefulgrazer.com) 

photo credit: Grateful Grazer (www.gratefulgrazer.com

Breakfast

Valentine's Day Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie by Lively Table
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola by Empowered Nutrition
Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl by The Foodie Dietitian
Sweetheart Fruit Salad by Jenny Shea Rawn 

Dinner

How to Make a Healthyish Snack Board (by me)
3 Herb and Arugula Salad by Food Pleasure and Health
Fish and Lemon Mustard Caper Sauce by Food & Nutrition Solutions
Sweet & Spicy Turmeric Roasted Carrots (by me)
Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili by Food & Nutrition Solutions
Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew by Jessica Levinson
Apricot Tomato Chickpea Vegetarian Stew by Champagne Nutrition

Desserts

Black Bean Avocado Brownies by Kroll's Korner
Dark Chocolate Bark (2 Ways) by Grateful Grazer
Spicy Chocolate Truffles by Side of Sneakers
No Bake Almond Bars with Berry Chia Jam by One Hungry Bunny
Creamy Lemon Raspberry Bars by Desi-Licious RD
How to Make the Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberries by Angelica Lee

On Heart Health

Omega-3 Fats for the Heart (and more!) by Food and Nutrition Solutions
How I Eat for Heart Health by Amy Gorin

Just for Fun

Alternative "Sweets" to Valentine's Treats by Family Food Fiesta
Healthy Valentine Ideas + Free Printables by 360 Family Nutrition
Why You Need to Eat More Chocolate by Mary's Nutrition Show

Leave a comment and let me know which one of these looks most interesting to you or how you are celebrating this year. Happy Valentine's Day!