Valentine's Day is known for its sweet treats, which can be a problem if you are limiting carbohydrates. Keeping low carb doesn't mean sacrificing and staying out of Valentine's Day activities!
Whether you're celebrating with a special someone or treating yourself (you deserve it), try these tips to keep on track this Valentine's Day.
Heading out for a romantic date night in town? That doesn't mean you have to break your diet! Ordering at a restaurant can seem daunting, especially on a fancy Valentine's date night. Come prepared—look up the menu beforehand and pick a few dishes that you can tweak to fit a low-carb lifestyle. Ask for steamed broccoli instead of potatoes, keep the bread out of arm's reach, and be sensible with your alcohol choices. Small tweaks like these will ensure you enjoy your date night and keep low carb.
If you treat yourself or someone special to a true labor of love, a home-cooked meal, you will have the most control over the food served. Follow the same guidelines that you would normally, but try a fun new low-carb recipe! Create a menu around a protein, such as steak, that pairs perfectly with a low-carb vegetable. When it’s time for dessert, try one of the low-carb recipes below.
Chocolates + Other Sweets
Exchanging chocolates is quite possibly the hallmark—and arguably the best part—of Valentine's day. The problem is, chocolates and sweets are loaded with sugar. Low-carbohydrate alternatives are hard to find, especially if your partner isn't sure how to limit carbs. Try making these recipes together; it's a fun romantic activity and you can indulge without guilt or breaking your carb goal for the day.
Low-Carb Chocolate Strawberries
This romantic staple happens to be easily low carb, just swap regular chocolate for chocolate sweetened with an alternative sweetener like stevia, or opt for dark chocolate. If you are really feeling in the spirit, you can even make your own chocolate with a recipe below!
2 c low-carb chocolate
1 lb of strawberries, cleaned and dried
Melt low-carb chocolate with a double boiler or in a microwave, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Arrange strawberries on wax paper and dip ends in chocolate. Allow to dry and enjoy.
Add nuts, sprinkles, unsweetened coconut, or peanut butter powder for a fun twist on a classic. You can also add other berries too. Blueberries and raspberries work well here.
Per ½ cup
Net Carbs: 6g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 0g (does not include optional toppings)
Low-Carb Chocolate Bar
If you are set on enjoying some actual chocolate this Valentine's Day, look no further than the below recipe. These bars make great gifts, and you can use different molds to create different shapes! You may use stevia for this recipe, but be sure to test the chocolate to make sure it's not too sweet!
100 g cocoa butter (about 1 cup)
1 c unsweetened cocoa (I used Ghirardelli)
¼ tsp stevia concentrated powder
¼ c LC Foods White Sweetener with Inulin or 6–7 tbsp VitaFiber powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Melt cocoa butter in a chocolate melter or double boiler. Stir in cocoa powder and sweetener(s). Keep on heat until dry ingredients have been fully incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour into chocolate bar molds.
Per ⅛ of bar Net Carbs: 3.5g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 2.5g
Tiramisu Chocolate Cups
These elegant cups bring the luxury factor to dining in. These are sure to impress!
2 tbsp butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
2 tbsp powdered erythritol
¼ tsp vanilla extract
10 drops stevia extract
¼ cup whipping cream
2 tbsp instant coffee
2 tbsp powdered erythritol
8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tsp cocoa powder
For the chocolate cups:
Cut out four 6×6 inch pieces of parchment or waxed paper. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter, chocolate, and erythritol together until smooth. Off heat, stir in vanilla and stevia extracts. Using a spoon, divide chocolate mixture between pieces of waxed paper, spreading into a rough circle. Drape each piece of waxed paper over the bottom of a small juice glass or teacup so the edges ruffle, and refrigerate until set. (Tip: If it looks like the paper is going to slip off the cup, use a folded piece of tape to secure it to the bottom).
For the filling:
Combine cream, coffee, and powdered erythritol together in a medium bowl. Beat cream until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and fold together until well combined. Divide mascarpone mixture between prepared chocolate cups. Sprinkle with almonds and dust with cocoa powder.
Per 1 cup Net Carbs: 5g | Fat: 15g | Protein: 12g
Low-Carb Red Velvet Molten Lava Cake
These individual lava cakes are the perfect Valentine's Day dessert
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¼ c unsweetened almond milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp chocolate liquid stevia or favorite sugar-free sweetener that equals half a cup of sugar
a few drops of red food coloring
2 oz sugar-free chocolate bars broken in pieces or 85% dark chocolate bar
Whisk the coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder together. In another bowl, whisk milk, eggs, vanilla extract, stevia, and food coloring. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined. Adjust food coloring to the redness you desire. Spray two ramekins or microwave safe mugs with cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into each dish. In the center of each, insert the broken chocolate pieces. Microwave one cake at a time for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Enjoy warm right from the dish!
Per single cake
Net Carbs: 6.1g | Fat: 14.8g | Protein: 9.6g