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.

shrimp

Source: Eating Well

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.

125-77_Roasted_oysters_in_white_wine_250

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.

roasted-beet-soup-624x417

Source: Babble.com

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.

salmon

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.

1409p140-fettuccine-alfredo-asparagus

Source: Cooking Light

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.

Chocolate-Fondue-valentines-day-recipes-08-pg-full

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!

glasses-drinks_300

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.

More Forkly
We hear about making sure we all eat enough healthy fats all the time, whether it's on the internet, in the news or from friends.
We've been cooking up recipes for a while now, and if there's one thing that we come back to time and time again, in everyday life...
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can also become the most uninspiring meal when you have limited time to...
Quick and easy dinners are often a goal for so many, but that doesn't always mean it's healthy, too.
The Whole30 Diet has been raved about for several years now, beginning in 2009 and creating a large bandwagon following.
We know that you probably wouldn't give up your morning coffee—regardless of the health risks.
It can be particularly hard to eat well at work. We spend the mornings making healthy lunches for our family, and yet we forget to...
Pasta is one of our guilty pleasures that often do not have great health benefits.
Losing weight can be so difficult! Many people believe they just need to work out more, but the truth is that your body gets out...
Cooking with foods to make them more flavorful seems like a delicious way to make your supper tonight.
There's nothing quite like a bowl of chili on a cold, dreary day. It warms you up from the inside out and you can batch cook it,...
When it comes to sticking to your diet, your macros or your calorie intake goals, there's one common thing that many people...
Advertisement
Recipes
Healthy Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Cookies