Wow, the year feels like it’s already flying by doesn’t it? We just celebrated Christmas and New Year’s. Now it’s almost time for Valentine’s Day! Many of us are trying to stay on track with our diet goals though especially after all the treats that were consumed over the holiday season. So is it possible to find some healthy Valentine’s Day recipes this year?
Finding healthy Valentine’s Day recipes can be tricky, especially if there’s chocolate involved. But it doesn’t have to be! We decided to find some meals and desserts to share that were low in calories but full of nutrients and flavor. Whether you’re single, ready to mingle, or want to share a romantic dinner (and dessert) for two, here’s a list of healthy recipes we found that are under 500 calories!
11 Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes Under 500 Calories
Pasta and pesto go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe is a perfect, filling dinner for two. Lentil pasta is gluten free and arugula is very good for you! Pepper flakes, shredded cheese, or other toppings can go on top to add additional flavor.
Calories per serving = 397
Not only is the stuffed squash easy to look at, it’s easy to eat too! Look how colorful it is! It’ll definitely make you feel festive for the holiday. With many nutritious ingredients, it’s sure to set you in the mood for a special day with your significant other.
Calories per serving = 412
For anyone that loves seafood, the shrimp with arugula is a great meal to serve. It’s so easy to toss the ingredients together in a bowl after you grill the shrimp. Look like a pro with only 10 minutes of work!
Calories per serving = 328
This stew is ready to go after a few hours in the slow cooker. There is plenty to share, and you can enjoy the leftovers for several days after Valentine’s Day. I personally liked the idea of beef and squash together. You’ll definitely meet your vegetable needs with this meal!
Calories per serving = 477
Salmon burgers are just as delicious as hamburgers, but with half the calories and twice the amount of protein! These are very simple to cook and you can choose whatever side you like.
Calories per serving = 250
If you want to make something rare and unique, I found these mussels to be very interesting. It’s geared towards more experienced chefs. But, if you really want to impress, and surprise your palette, then go with this meal.
Calories per serving = 300
There is just something special about salmon. It’s easy to cook and you can make it taste however you want with a variety of seasonings and marinades. This particular salmon is cooked with harissa and citrus. It’s simple, yet effective in satisfying your taste buds.
Calories per serving = 307
When I first saw turkey and pomegranate together, I thought, “Huh, that’s not a combination you see every day!” This salad looks heavenly though. It has an equal balance of sweet and spicy so you and your partner will definitely enjoy this cultural North African salad!
Calories per serving = 304
Now it’s time to share some desserts! Strawberries and Valentine’s Day were a match made in heaven! My mouth is watering just by looking at these amazing strawberries. What are you waiting for? Get to the store and grab the ingredients, there’s only 5 you need!
Calories per serving = 100
Chocolate, nutella, ice cream – oh my! Make these brownies and you’ll be loved forever. Seriously, who wouldn’t fall in love after enjoying a homemade dessert? The best part is that one brownie serving only has 67 calories so enjoy a scoop of ice on top.
Calories per serving = 67
Strawberries and chocolate pudding… sounds divine, doesn’t it? This dish is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without consuming a large amount of calories. Yum!
Calories per serving = just under 200
As you can see, there’s plenty of meals and desserts to choose from for your Valentine’s Day plans. What I love about these recipes is that so much thought was put into them, and they worked hard to come up with tasty recipes that were healthy and nutritional. So you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your diet! We hope you enjoy your day with a special someone.