Ah, the day of love… and the day of treats! valentines day is a prime holiday to enjoy chocolate, sweets and sugar in general. Fortunately, not every meal is specifically made for vacations full of sweet goodnesswhich means you have some festive options for February 14th that won’t be a total sweetie overload.
As with any holiday or special occasion that involves unhealthy food, you don’t have to give up something tasty entirely. You can still have that cute donut from Dunkin! It’s just a matter of keeping moderation in mind and filling the rest of the day or week with healthy options.
Ideally, you shouldn’t have more than 30 to 60 grams of added sugar in your diet in a day, depending on your calorie intake. So when you reach for a sugary treat, you’re really stepping into that measurement. Sugar doesn’t really do you much favor because it has no nutritional value, so keep that in mind as we go through these 14 Valentine’s Day treats and consider how much sugar is in them.
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5 nuggets; 540 calories, 34g fat (8g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 940mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0g fiber, 0g sugars), 28g protein
The beauty of Chicken nugget bouquet is that you are not dealing with sugar! Tyson’s love nuggets might be packed with protein and calories, but there’s no sugar. This is the perfect option when you want a Valentine’s Day treat that’s more savory than sweet.
And you can do it yourself! This way you can control the portions or even swap out the regular nuggets Tyson’s air fried versionwhich saves calories and fat.
30 nuggets; 970 calories, 46g fat (9g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 3,660mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g fiber, 1g sugars), 103g protein
Remember this comes in 30 nuggets in the Chick-fil-A heart-shaped box, so if you cut this into multiple servings, you could actually have next to no sugar. These sweet snacks come in an adorable heart-shaped box, perfect for sharing with loved ones on February 14th.
You can even swap out the nuggets for Chick n Minis — but stay away from the Chocolate Chunk Cookie or Chocolate Fudge Brownie options for the sugar content to be virtually non-existent.
And to find out more about what you can order from the fast food chicken chain, click here The New Chick-fil-A Menu Item You Should Never Eat, According to a Nutritionist.
1 slice of a medium-sized pizza; 178.8 calories, 7.25g fat (3.75g saturated fat, 0.2g trans fat), 355mg sodium, 19.5g carbohydrate (1.75g fiber, 1.38g sugars), 8, 75g protein
Yet another low-sugar option to indulge on Valentine’s Day, Pizza Huts Heart-shaped pizza has very little sugar. You’ll still be dealing with calories, sodium, and carbs, but in moderation, this is a festive option to eat on February 14th.
1 cup; 210 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 180mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g fiber, 2g sugars), 13g protein
These heart-shaped ravioli are not only adorable, but they’re also low in sugar. In fact, overall, they’re not a bad choice for your Valentine’s Day dinner. The cheese-filled pasta doesn’t have many calories or sodium, and paired with a tomato sauce, it’s a well-rounded dish.
2.6 g sugar/litre
Yes, you can still have your wine for Valentine’s Day! Some wines have less sugar than others and trapiche Finca Ambrosia Malbec is a deep, dark, full-bodied wine that is low in sugar but still rich in flavor. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars on Vivino, it pairs well with beef, lamb and poultry. In addition, a red wine is perfect for the holiday of love!
And to avoid a pounding head on February 15th, try these out 5 hacks to avoid wine headaches.
1 flower and stem; 180 calories, 14g fat (5.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 700mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0g fiber, 4g sugars), 10g protein
You already know that jerky will be high in sodium, but what it doesn’t have is a lot of sugar. the Beef Jerky Manly Man Bouquet is a really fun twist on your typical florals and would surely please everyone – not just men. A flower and its stem are only 4 grams of sugar, but they pack a sodium punch.
1 brownie; 70 calories, 4.5g fat (1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 90mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g fiber, 0g sugar [11 g sugar alcohol]), 2 g protein
While Birch Bender’s Keto Ultimate Fudge Brownie Mix Containing 0 grams of sugar, they contain natural sugar alcohols, which is why we’ve listed them here. Yale says Sugar alcohols contain fewer calories than regular sugar, but can cause diarrhea or weight gain if consumed in excess.
These crunchy bites are still a great sweet treat if you’re on the keto diet and want a chocolate dessert this Valentine’s Day. They’re a little high in carbs, but for a bit of February 14th decadence, they’re not a bad choice.
1 donut; 290 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 340mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (1g fiber, 20g sugars), 4g protein
We understand the appeal of starting Valentine’s Day with one Dunkin’ Cupid’s Choice Donut. However, if you do go this route, make it your only treat for the day. It’s a pretty small breakfast for the 20 grams of sugar it comes with, so be sure to balance it out with some fiber and protein. (And don’t forget to save a sugary coffee for another day, too.)
1 serving; 100 Calories, 0g Fat (0g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 0mg Sodium, 25g Carbohydrate (0g Fiber, 25g Sugars), 0g Protein
While still pretty packed with sugar, that Monin Strawberry Rose Syrup is a decent alternative to some of those other sweet treats. You can add this to a simple coffee for a celebratory morning drink, a delicious afternoon tea, or a cocktail at the end of the February 14th night!
280 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 300mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (16g fiber, 8g sugars [24 g sugar alcohol]), 16 g protein
If you’re looking for a high-fiber Valentine’s Day treat, N!cks Cherry Choka Flaka is right for you. It’s fairly low in sugar but does contain sugar alcoholswhat to remember. Overall, it’s a delicious cold treat that adds a healthier twist to chocolate-covered cherries!
So not all ice cream is the same We tried 10 vanilla ice cream and this is the best!
1 box; 110 Calories, 0g Fat (0g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 0mg Sodium, 28g Carbohydrate (0g Fiber, 27g Sugars), 0g Protein
The thing about Sweethearts Conversation Hearts is that while they’re low in calories and sodium, they’re also low in fiber and protein, meaning they really are nothing but sugar. So you should be able to get the Valentine’s Day experience if you only have a few rather than the whole box. This is especially true this year thanks new sayings such as “FINALLY”, “SUGAR SUGAR”, “I’M YOURS” and “LUVME TENDR”.
1 cake; 400 calories, 27g fat (7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat), 55mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g fiber, 27g sugars), 7g protein
Okay, we’re starting to delve into our more sugary treats now, but you know what, it’s all about moderation. A Pots of flourless chocolate cake costs you about 27 grams of sugar, but if you plan ahead and eat healthy for the rest of the day, this can be your delicious, warm, and chocolatey treat…just skip adding whipped cream, ice cream, or other toppings.
1 medium with skim milk; 260 Calories, 0g Fat (0g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 180mg Sodium, 50g Carbohydrate (0g Fiber, 49g Sugars), 12g Protein
Well… you knew this was going to have a lot of sugar in it. While these fancy coffee drinks photograph well and probably taste like love in an iced coffee mug, they’re also loaded with sugar. Even with skim milk, a medium Dunkin’ Pink Velvet Macchiato is still 49 grams of sugar, which puts you right in the middle of the recommended daily amount of sugar. Order a small one instead and you still get 33 grams.
It might be a holiday treat, but it’s one to plan ahead to accommodate the sugar.
And the sugar-sweet treat for Valentine’s Day is…
1 small; 680 calories, 27g fat (14g saturated fat, 1g trans fat), 360mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate (1g fiber, 70g sugars), 13g protein
the Dairy Queen Red Velvet Cake Blizzard is a mixture of red velvet pieces and cream cheese glaze. Sounds delicious right? Yes – but it’s packed with lots of calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar. For reference, a little blizzard means you consume the same amount of sugar as 3.5 Cupid’s Choice Donuts by Dunkin’!
This could be a treat to share with your valentine so you don’t use quite as much sugar at once. Or go for the mini version, which has 30 grams less sugar (aka a full day).
Of course, it’s perfectly fine to have a sugary treat every now and then, but if you’re looking to cut it down, here they are 20 ways to quit sugar cravings for good, according to nutritionists