Valentine’s Day is almost here so if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make a plan for the most romantic day of the year! Many people enjoy going to romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day, but if you are like me, you prefer to stay at home and enjoy a fabulous meal you can prepare yourself. Of course, if you are focusing on a healthy lifestyle and a healthy eating regime like I have been for the past year, a heavy, calorie-rich Valentine’s Day dinner can throw you off your health goals quickly. A heavy meal can also kill plans for a romantic evening afterwards! So come along with me as I select some healthy choices for a Valentine’s Day dinner from Farm Boy. [Disclosure: I received compensation from Farm Boy to prepare this blog post.]
Farm Boy is the perfect grocery destination if you are looking for organic, gluten-free, or vegan foods. They also are known for their butcher-quality meats, extensive cheese and deli section and fresh produce. Many of their Farm Boy products are made from scratch without preservatives or chemicals.
I know that I can rely on the high quality of meats at Farm Boy. I ended up getting Beef Tenderloin steaks, as well as a Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Steak. Either of these meats would be a great choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner since they are both lean meats.
Farm Boy has many delicious appetizers to start your Valentine’s Day dinner off right. Look at these Tempura Shrimp. I really like that they are sustainably sourced. I also like Farm Boy’s freshly made Spinach Rolls.
I love reading the label on Farm Boy’s freshly made soups because they include no preservatives! I picked up Farm Boy’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup for my Valentine’s Day dinner.
Next, it was time to check out Farm Boy’s premade salads. Does anyone else get excited about premade salad like I do? Farm Boy had a great selection including Kale Caesar, Harvest Salad, Greek Salad, Keto Chicken Cobb and a Superfood Blend Salad made with beets, carrots, kale, Napa cabbage, sweet potato, red onion and pumpkin seeds, which I ended up buying.
Check out the groceries I bought at Farm Boy!
I asked Holistic Nutritionist Jordana Hart for her tips on how to create a tasty yet healthy Valentine’s Day meal that includes whole foods, protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Jordana suggested, “Brainstorming your favourite dishes, then making mindful swaps to align with a balanced, whole foods approach. Think of plating your meal like a high-end restaurant, focusing on portion control and presentation. We end up overeating when a meal is not balanced. At each meal we want a balance of the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. For example, if you are wanting to enjoy pasta (carbohydrate), consider enjoying it as a side dish rather than the main, and accompany it with chicken or fish (protein) and a big green salad like Farm Boy’s Garden Blend Salad Mix (vegetables + fibre) topped with a homemade dressing using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sherry Vinegar, salt and pepper (healthy fat).
As far as nutritious side dishes for Valentine’s Day go, Jordana suggests replacing chips and dips with “a fresh, finely chopped salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper or Farm Boy’s Fresh Tabbouleh , which you can enjoy with crackers. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I always love incorporating colour, nutrients & flavour.” She also suggests adding a small amount of truffle oil to roasted carrots, sautéed mushrooms, or baked potatoes to transform your meal into a “rich, gourmet experience.”
Here’s what I’ve put together for a healthy Valentine’s Day dinner. My dinner includes Farm Boy Broccoli Cheddar Soup (vegetable + protein + fat) to start, Beef Tenderloin steaks (protein), Farm Boy Superfood Blend Salad (vegetables + fiber), and Sweet Potato and Chickpea salad (carbs + fiber) from Farm Boy’s take-out counter.
As someone who avoids eating sugar, I was interested in learning about sugar-free or no added sugar dessert options for Valentine’s Day. Jordana suggested the following:
- A bowl of fresh berries is always nourishing, low in sugar and light!
- Dark chocolate covered strawberries
- Medjool dates stuffed with All Natural Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter + flaky salt
- Baked apple crumble topped with oats and cinnamon paired with a no sugar added coconut ice cream
I hope you got some ideas from my Valentine’s Day dinner from Farm Boy. Whatever your plans are for Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a wonderful evening!