Happy Valentine’s Day!
I just wanted to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day and wish you the very best. Today is a perfectly lovely day to spend time with the ones you love. You do not have to have a lot of sweets, either for it to be a sweet day.
If you do choose to indulge in chocolate, try dark chocolate. It is higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate and in many recipes, lower in sugar. Dark chocolate is an aquired taste for most Americans because our taste buds are trained to enjoy sweeter confections. In other parts of the world, bitter and dark chocolate is the normal treat.
Loving You, Loving Me
For the sweetest of all treats, get closer to your partner. Spend time with him or her today. If you are unable to spend the day together, a note, text message, or e-card is a great way to stay in touch. If you are in a serious relationship or married, sneak in a sexy phone call. Nothing is as exciting as a seductive voice on the other end of the line, especially if you cannot let surrounding parties in on it. Talk about a tension builder!
Sweet gifts with no sugar
Need something last minute? Try a stuffed teddy bear, a single rose, and a card. None of those contain sugar for your diabetic sweetie. Other ideas:
*Flowers (not roses)
*Book by favorite author
*Spa gift certificate
*Doing all of their chores for them!
I think the last one is my favorite. If my husband wanted to give me something truly special, that would surely be it!
You can also run a warm bath with a few drops of essential oil to create a romantic atmosphere. Bathe yourself in the heady essence or share it with your partner.
When planning a Valentine Dinner, try to keep the carbs down. Starchy foods should be kept at an absolute minimum. If this is done, then a sweet dessert can be shared after dinner. If you are making your own dessert, substitute sucralose or even just cut down on the normal sugar added to a recipe. One of my favorites is cheescake topped with blackberries. I follow a traditional cheesecake recipe, cut the sugar by half, then top the finished product with fresh blackberries. It gets rave reviews every time I serve it! Since blackberries are not in season now, you can use frozen or substitute with other berries.
Enjoy and have a Happy Day!