To some people, Valentine’s Day is a just another typical holiday, designed for the sake of selling greeting cards, without any real meaning or significance. Every year, buying a present means giving flowers or a piece of jewelry, and going out to dinner. But this year, instead of buying the same old thing, buy your special lady a gift that’s good for her health to really show how much you care. If you’re not sure of what to get, try one of these 10 healthy gift ideas.
There’s nothing wrong with giving her a traditional gift – after all, who doesn’t like chocolate? But if you’re going to buy a box, put a healthy spin on it by buying one that contains all dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a good source of flavonoids, which are good for the heart, and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that are also present in red wine and green tea. Some studies show that dark chocolate can also increase the flexibility of the blood vessels. She doesn’t have to worry about the fat, either, because it won’t raise her cholesterol. So buy her a big box of dark chocolates and hope that she’ll share.
(For more ideas, read 8 Alternatives To Unhealthy Valentine’s Day Sweets.)
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a bouquet of flowers, another traditional gift of the holiday. But flowers can also have a positive impact on her health. According to Dr. Weil of DrWeil.com, some studies have shown that people who feel negative early in the day felt happier and more energetic after looking at flowers. So cheer up your significant other’s day by buying her a bouquet of her favorite flowers.
Instead of taking your date out to a fancy restaurant, which will most likely be crowded and may drain your wallet to boot, make her a healthy dinner instead. Not only will she be impressed with your culinary skills, she’ll also be impressed by the fact that you’re making her a healthy meal. Try making poached salmon with a lemon sauce, baked chicken with roasted vegetables or stuffed mushrooms if she’s vegetarian.
(Need some help planning your Valentine’s Day dinner? Read 7 Guilt-Free Foods For Your Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu.)
If your special someone isn’t into sweets or needs to watch her sugar intake, make her a fruit basket. But don’t just give her apples and oranges, include a variety of fun and exotic fruits like pomegranates, which are high in antioxidants; kiwis, which contain phytonutrients that help to repair DNA; and an assortment of berries, which are good sources of flavonoids and vitamin C.
Listening to music is a great way to relax and lit your spirits. Studies show that music can also have a positive impact on your breathing rate and heart rate and people tend to recover from surgery faster if they listen to music. Give your significant other the healthy gift of music by making her a workout mix or buy her a download credit so she can make her own. Or, if her favorite band is coming to town, just take her to a concert.
In order for her to put that workout mix to good use, she’s going to need to work out. Look for a gym that’s offering a couple’s workout on that day or come up with your own exercise routine. Or, just spend some time outdoors by hiking, swimming or biking together. Spending time together is the best way to show her you care.
(For fun and active date ides, check out 10 Valentine’s Day Activities That Will Burn Calories.)
After all of that sweating from the work out, she’s going to want to clean up her skin. But so many products contain fragrances, preservatives and other chemicals that do more harm than good. Make up a basket of skin care products like body washes, moisturizers and face masks that are made with natural ingredients. To give yourself a heads-up as to what products are natural and what products aren’t, visit the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database online (see the links below).
If your girl spends a lot of time in the kitchen and sticks to a healthy diet, she’ll love having a juicer. Juicing is very healthy and is a great way to sneak extra fruits and vegetables into your diet and it helps you maintain your weight. Having extra fruits and vegetables in your diet means getting more essential vitamins and nutrients, which are good for your heart. So get her a juicer and tell her you’ll taste-test her juices so you can reap the healthy rewards as well.
A good way to help your significant other relax is by giving her a massage. Studies show that massages can help to relieve stress and even lower blood pressure. If you want to indulge yourself, take her to the spa and get a “his and hers” massage.
If one little massage at the spa isn’t enough, give her a gift certificate for an all-day spa treatment. After a full day of being pampered and getting some rest and relaxation, she’ll feel healthy and rejuvenated.