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Celebrating Valentine's Day the Healthy Way

By Ali Struhs

Red and pink hearts, bouquets of fragrant roses, and chocolate line the grocery aisles almost immediately after the holiday season, making Valentine’s Day not just a singular day, but a month-long appetizing event that is set to potentially derail your weight loss journey. This Valentine’s Day, you can avoid the enticing desserts and stay healthy. Here are three ways to make the day about you and celebrate Valentine’s Day the healthy way.

Click here for a special 1200-calorie Valentine’s Day menu, including a recipe for chocolate-covered strawberries!

Love Yourself
Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about love for your significant other; celebrate the love you have for yourself this Valentine’s Day! Make time for you by recognizing the progress you have made. Rather than taking a step back on this holiday, continue on your path of success by eating healthfully and avoiding the tempting treats found at the store. You can spoil yourself on Valentine’s Day with non-food rewards. Schedule a manicure for the afternoon, or pick up a new blouse or dress to show off your weight loss success during your date.

Eat Healthy...
Instead of reaching for a gigantic heart-shaped box of chocolates, followed by a rich, heavy dinner, and then, of course, sweet chocolate cake, fill your day of love with healthy treats that have a Valentine’s Day twist. Red fruits and vegetables are a healthy way to add essential nutrients to help keep your weight loss journey on track. Add festive red fruits and vegetables, like sliced strawberries on your Jenny Craig cereal, a pink grapefruit or a handful of raspberries when you crave something tart and sweet, or a red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes added to your lunch.

...And Indulge
Allow yourself to indulge -- the healthy way, of course! Jenny Craig members can devour scrumptious desserts from the Jenny Craig menu on this day of love, like Cookies & Cream Cake or Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. Both of these desserts are low-fat and under 200 calories. Share one with your special someone after dinner by candlelight, or keep it all to yourself!

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