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A Valentine’s Day gift idea for your significant other…other than a box of chocolates

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The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner! If your significant other has embarked on a weight-loss journey (or improving habits and lifestyle), a box of chocolates is certainly not the best gift idea. Here are some Valentine’s Day activities or gift ideas that are nutritionist approved.

  1. A spa getaway or outdoor activities

The best gift ideas are those that touch the heart while improving one’s well-being. This is why an activity you practise as a couple is ideal for Valentine’s Day. A day spent at a spa, a day of skiing or hiking, or even an afternoon at the neighbourhood ice rink can be quite romantic!

It’s a known fact that lowering stress levels is beneficial to your health. Spas are known for promoting a healthy lifestyle! In the same way, outdoor physical activities are just as beneficial to your physical health (burning calories) as they are for your mind (taking in fresh air and lowering stress).

  1. A romantic, non-food gift

The classics are always appreciated by the hopeless romantics : jewellery, a watch, a beautifully written letter, a montage of personal pictures in a frame. These gifts will serve as a reminder of your relationship, without serving up the calories!

A personal note : in order to avoid needless expenses on this very commercialised day, avoid buying gifts that will be short-lived or will simply collect dust. Although a bouquet of flowers can be quite beautiful, there are plenty of gifts that will symbolize your love, be very romantic, and still be around long after the blooms have wilted.

  1. A homemade dessert for two

You would like to offer your companion something sweet? Instead of offering a large box of chocolates, sharing a homemade dessert has more meaning and contains less calories. A chocolate fondue for two (attention to format!), a few chocolate-covered strawberries, or even a strawberry mousse are all lighter options while still being quite romantic.

  1. A gift that lowers their gym costs

How about showing your significant other your unconditional support? Help them achieve their physical or nutritional objective! Sessions with a personal trainer or a nutritionist will provide guidance and follow-up, body composition assessment reports will detail their progress, or a gift-card can be applied against their gym fees : all great gift ideas that will truly be appreciate! Here’s another one : register together to a supervised group class! Inquire on the different classes offered in any one of our clubs : there’s something for everyone.

What were some of the more memorable Valentine’s Day gifts you received over the years? Let us know by posting your comments!

Julie Brousseau

Julie’s passion for health and the environment was clear at an early age. She discovered her passion for nutrition when she substituted ingredients to make healthy homemade muffins. Now a graduate of the University of Montreal and a nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since December 2016, Julie shares her knowledge and her passion for healthy cooking with her colleagues and clients alike, as well as through her own personal blog. In addition to using her flair and creativity in the kitchen, Julie expresses her artistic side through competitive contemporary dance. She is the first to say that staying fit and eating well should be a pleasure and not a chore! Julie Brousseau, Dt.P.

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