The promise of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner usually has you gorging with your sweetie on rich appetizers, creamy entrees, and decadent chocolate desserts. However, you can still enjoy a healthy Valentines nosh without sacrificing the romance this Feb. 14th.

Feast your eyes and your appetites on this healthier, oh-so-romantic Valentine’s Day menu—served by candlelight, but of course…

1. Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad

When it comes to healthy salads built for two—these juicy jumbo shrimp encased in thin, tangy strips of lean prosciutto are certainly a bold way to kick of any romantic dinner. Serve your sweetie his or her seafood atop a delicate bed of lemony arugula greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with toasted baguette drizzled with olive oil.

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Source: Eating Well

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2. Roasted Oysters with White Wine

Nothing quite says, “I love you” like a romantic appetizer that gets you in the mood and protects your heart. Oysters are the perfect Valentine’s dinner aphrodisiac, according to research chemists from Barry University, in Miami, Florida. They’re findings claim that oysters live up to their amorous reputation because they contain an array of amino acids that trigger sex hormones while providing a rich source of heart- and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.

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Source: Saveur

3. Roasted Beet Soup

There’s nothing romantic about winter vegetable staples—onions, garlic, carrots, and beets. However, you can find some loving inspiration when you whip those simple ingredients into a tasty and brilliant red and purple soup for Valentine’s Day. Add a drizzle of sour cream and run your spoon through the centers to make them into hearts.

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4.Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Romantic dinners for two featuring fish typically drip with butter and cheese. However, you can make a succulent and satisfying salmon dish for your lover and make their heart swell—without adding inches to their waistline! These tender, flaky salmon fillets are baked golden in a marinade of canola oil, lemon juice, and piquant green peppercorns.

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Source: EatingWell.com

5.Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

Cut the heavy cream and save your sweetie some calories by serving a heaping plate of this lighter fettuccine Alfredo pasta. You’ll still satisfy those cheesy cravings by subbing full fat butter for heart-healthy olive oil, and using half-fat cream cheese, fat-free milk, and vegetarian Parmesan cheese. Plus, this pasta is so packed with fresh asparagus spears, lemon, garlic, and fresh chives that you won’t miss the excess fat.

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Source: Cooking Light

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6. Slimmer Chocolate Fondue

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together as well as you and your beloved. However, it’s the type of chocolate you choose that can melt your sweetie’s heart or explode his or her waistline. So instead of sugar-laden milk chocolate in your hotpot—opt for the dark, decadent, and healthier dark chocolate fondue version. Cut up an array of fresh fruits like strawberries, pineapple, mango, banana, and melon for your aphrodisiac dessert dipping.

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Source: Everyday Health

7. Sparkling Passion Fruit Cocktails

A special occasion, like Valentine’s Day, calls for some bubbly! However, your romantic cocktails don’t have to contain a ton of refined sugar and creamy liqueurs. This sparkling beverage starts with a splash of vibrant passion-fruit nectar topped with chilled champagne (or sparkling Prosecco) in slender glass flutes. Cheers to you and your Valentine!

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Source: Real Simple

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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