Dating a couch potato: 5 simple ways to add nutritious foods into your relationship


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A couple cookingWhile chocolate and candy may be the stuff of sweethearts, infusing your relationship with healthy eating habits is more likely to leave you in a sweet spot when it comes to mood, energy and your overall health. Making small changes that pack a nutritional punch will boost your overall health and still allow you to enjoy the moments – and foods – you love most!

  • Makeover your movie snacks: If your idea of date night is snuggling up with snacks and a movie for two, it’s time for a makeover. A healthy snack makeover, that is. Switch out microwave popcorn for air-popped; you can control the added fat and salt, skip the chemical additives, plus you may even prefer the taste! When it comes to drinks, ditch the sugar-packed soda and opt for sparkling water with a squeeze of citrus. If you’re the hot cocoa type, make your own for a healthier version – it’s quick and easy, and sure to warm the heart of your cuddle buddy!
  • Keep it steamy: …and boiled, grilled or baked. To eat out healthy, look for foods prepared with less oil. For perfect harmony on your plate, aim for 50% veggies, 25% protein and 25% grains.
  • Get your couch potato to measure up: Portion size and processed foods are two of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to snacking. Swapping out the processed foods for healthy alternatives can transform snacking from a guilty pleasure into a healthy habit. If you normally have chips, try crunchy snacks like baby carrots with dip. If you go for something sweet, opt for snack-friendly fruit like grapes and berries. Keep in mind that all foods in oversized portions can lead to unwanted weight gain over time. So if you and your sweetie love to snack, break out the measuring cup to keep your portions in check.
  • Feeling sad, have a snack. Feeling happy, have a snack: Sound familiar? All relationships have ups and downs, and for emotional eaters this means a lot of snack attacks! Next time you reach for a snack, ask yourself – are you really hungry? If not, distract yourself. To keep from caving in to sugar and salt cravings, plan healthy snacks that combine protein and carbs to keep you energized and satisfied.
  • Get exotic: Discovering new foods can be fun, delicious, and a great bonding experience. Whether you’re eating out or at home, variety will add interest and nutrients to your plate and palate. Cooking at home can also help you save money, eat healthier foods, and smaller portions. Trying new recipes and unusual foods can transform everyday cooking into a fun activity for two.

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