Switching Things Up
Valentine's Day is a great day to pamper your loved one a little extra, but it might be time to step out of your comfort zone and shy away from the ordinary box of chocolates and flowers. The best part is that doing something different and more sentimental doesn't have to burn a hole in your wallet. If Valentine's Day is dedicated to celebrating one another, why not opt for a night in or an outdoor day trip? The possibilities are endless.
1. Go On a Hike
Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise that offers so many health benefits such as: lowering your risk of heart disease, improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, weight management, and helps your mood and energy levels. You can read more here on the benefits hiking has for your overall well-being.
Why not share these benefits with your significant other and make the ultimate day-date out of it? Odds are, you both will come out on top feeling amazing having accomplished something together. There are countless options for hiking trails all around, so we encourage you to find one that suits your difficulty level and get out to create new memories on Valentine's Day. You can find hikes near you on the Hiking Project.
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2. Movie and Popcorn Night
More often than not, Valentine's Day falls on a weekday, leaving you with minimal time to celebrate after work. Plus, who wants to have to get ready to go somewhere after a long day of work anyway? Pick a movie together ahead of time so you don't have to spend time deciding, and make sure you have popcorn and treats ready so you have a movie-theatre experience in the comfort of your own home.
For movie treats we recommend our Raspberry Kale Maca LivBar, dairy-free and refined sugar-free chocolate such as Eating Evolved or Hu Kitchen, and for popcorn we love Lesser Evil. Plus, they just came out with 'Sweetheart Pop' which is a limited edition popcorn that is perfect for Valentine's Day.
3. Create a 3 Course Meal at Home
Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days for people to go out to eat at a restaurant. But who really wants to go out on one of the busiest days of the year and have to wait a long time for a table? A couple days leading up to Valentine's Day, come up with a menu together for an appetizer, main course and dessert. The time you spend working together to create a delicious dinner at home is quality time you may not get at a restaurant in public.
4. Backyard Camping
Love to camp? Set up a little campground in your backyard for a night - weather permitting, of course. If you're able, create a fire and make s'mores and other camping classics for your sweet Valentine's Day evening. Finish it off with a movie snuggled inside the tent with lots of blankets - chances are, you'll still be connected to wifi - a win-win for everyone.
5. Make Homemade Chocolates
Make Valentine's Day special by surprising your loved one with homemade treats instead of the classic heart-shaped box of chocolates. Switch up the sugar-packed chocolates with a healthier option such as these Homemade Valentine's Day Chocolates using our Raspberry Kale Maca LivBar.
We vote for thinking outside of the box this Valentine's Day and adding an extra sentimental touch to whatever you and your special someone decide to do.