Valentine’s Day-A No Sugar Day?

Why is it that we eat sweets on Valentine’s Day? Is it to represent love? Does anyone want to love or feel loved on a day that we are allowed to eat as much chocolate and sugar as we want without guilt? I don’t know about you, but I usually feel like I am in a fog after the sugar high and then I crash by the end of the day. Let’s read about how this whole tradition got started and what we can eat that is good for our bodies instead.
The origins of Valentine’s Day trace back to the 4th century BC with the ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Held on February 15, Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Lupercalia festivities included the pairing of young women and men. Men would draw women’s names from a box, and each couple would be paired until next year’s celebration. This is one theory for the lottery. The Roman emporer Claudius 11 banned marriage because young men wouldn’t sign up for the army. He instituted this lottery so a man could have a partner for the year.
However, it was not called Valentine’s Day until a priest named Valentine came along. Valentine, a romantic at heart, disobeyed Emperor Claudius II’s decree that soldiers remain bachelors. Claudius handed down this decree believing that soldiers would be distracted and unable to concentrate on fighting if they were married or engaged. Valentine defied the emperor and secretly performed marriage ceremonies. As a result of his defiance, Valentine was put to death on February 14. After Valentine’s death, he was named a saint. As Christianity spread through Rome, the priests moved Lupercalia from February 15 to February 14 and renamed it St. Valentine’s Day to honor Saint Valentine.
So where does the ‘candy’ fit in? Well, during the 1800’s, doctors commonly suggested that their lovelorn patients eat lots of chocolate to soothe their nerves and calm their emotions. Chocolate has long been thought to be an aphrodisiac, and as far back as the Aztec empire this delectable creation was used in the pursuit of love. Valentine’s candy was introduced to the world in 1868. Richard Cadbury created the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Since 1902, Necco has produced candy hearts that have their own sweet sayings on them. Over the years, Valentine’s candy has been exchanged between sweethearts.
But, have you ever tried to NOT have sugar or chocolate on Valentine’s Day? I dare you to try it! Instead, try eating this yummy treat with no sugar, no chocolate and NO Red Dye #40! Strawberries are an excellent food for your body! With only 55 calories per cup, these yummy red beauties contain 140% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. They are also high in fiber, folate, potassium and antioxidants. If raspberries are more up your alley, they too contain a rich source of Vitamin C with 6.5 grams of fiber and only 52 calories per serving. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this delicious, low sugar snack.
Strawberry Delight
Ingredients:
1 cup of strawberries or raspberries
¼ cup whipped cream
Directions:
Slice berries.
Add a dollop of whip cream
Eat & Enjoy without guilt!

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