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Enjoy a healthy Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert, but how?

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MILWAUKEE -- Valentine's Day is known for its sweet treats -- but it doesn't have to be unhealthy. Clinical nutritionist, Paige Welsh, joins FOX6 WakeUp with how to enjoy a healthy Valentine's Day dinner and dessert.

How to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dessert:

  • Try to avoid the cooking oil. Most restaurants use a canola/soy oil blend that is rancid and comes in 5 pound buckets. Ask for your entree to be cooked without oil (baked, steamed, roasted or broiled) or cooked in butter or olive oil.
  • Ask for sauces on the side. Most sauces are loaded with sugar, unhealthy oils and preservatives. If you have to use a little, you can at least control it on the side.
  • Order mineral water (pellagrigo) if possible. Tap water is very high in chemicals and other toxins.
  • Avoid farmed fish such as Atlantic salmon. Look for wild caught or Alaskan salmon instead.
  • Go plant-based. This will save you money, and you’re not left eating farmed meat and fish. Spend your money on pastured, grass fed meats and wild caught fish for at home instead.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Stick to clear alcohol with fresh lemons and/or lime & seltzer water or red wine.
  • Tip: take a digestive enzyme with your meal to help digest the food better, and to clean up any inflammation from the meal.

A Word About Chocolate:

Chocolate can be very healthy. The right kind is loaded with antioxidants and magnesium, can improve your mood and cognition, lowers your blood pressure and is heart-healthy. Look for dark chocolate with 80% cocoa content or higher with minimal or no added sugar.

The Different Forms of Chocolate Powders:

  • Cacao: completely natural form, highest in nutrients and health benefits.
  • Cocoa: much more processed, leaving it with a sweeter flavor and less nutrients.
  • Carob: an alternative to cacao/cocoa that has no caffeine.
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