Eating Clean Doesn’t Mean Valentine’s Day Is Boring

Valentine’s Day is a day of love and indulgences. It is a day identified by champagne, chocolate, and dining out. For Valentine’s Day, I had plans for brunch at a great tapas restaurant with my boyfriend, John. These plans were made a couple weeks before I started my “next level of fitness” training program. I know that I am allowed one cheat meal per week, but I still don’t want to derail any progress that I may be making. At the same time, I don’t want to deprive myself or be anti-social.

So, how do you eat on plan when dining out? Plan ahead and do your best to make smart choices. I like to plan by going to a restaurant’s website and seeing what items are on the menu. I can then see how items are prepared, which are higher in protein, and know what I want to eat before dining.

Brunch started with a basket of muffins and Mimosas. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a toast. I took a sip of the Mimosa, but then gave it to John so that I wasn’t tempted to finish it. I am allowed one cheat meal and three glasses of wine per week. Mimosas while not off the list are calorie laden and for me are not worth it.

Brunch was a buffet with unlimited food choices from bacon wrapped dates to seafood paella and delicious salads some of which had cream based sauces and some of which had oil & vinegar based sauce. While this was a cheat meal, I wanted to still make good choices. I know that cream based sauces tend to be higher in calories than oil & vinegar based sauces. I also know that if I wanted to taste something I wasn’t going to deprive myself. My choices were protein based options like seafood salads, smoked salmon, and veggies. Delicious!

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