6 Ways to Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day—Without All the Sugar.

Three photos: a woman on her laptop waving to someone on a video call.  A photo of a chocolate cake. A photo of a mother with her daughter on her lap while they read a valentine card.

Raise your hand if you could use a little extra love right now.

Okay, it’s probably safe to say that all of our hands are all the way up. The last year has changed our lives in a big way. It’s only natural for us to crave those little moments that make us feel good (and we all deserve to feel good!).

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to feel—and spread—the love. And while celebrations may look a little different this year, you can still create sweet memories with your favorite person, pal or pet (we won’t judge!) from the comfort of home.

So, go ahead and indulge. And we’re not talking about that big box of chocolates. Here are six ways to sweeten your Valentine’s Day without all the sugar:

  • Glamp it Up! Craving adventure? Set up camp in your living room. Pull out every fluffy pillow, oversized blanket and string of lights you own. Throw a video of a roaring fire on your TV, shuffle your finest deck of cards and just like that, you’re glamping. The best part? You don’t need flames (or lots of sugar) to indulge in a crave-worthy classic. With hearty walnuts, almond flour and a few splashes of Premier’s Vanilla Protein Shake, these Chocolate Chip Cookies are just as—if not more—amazing than being just a few steps away from your warm, comfy, dry bed after a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day.
  • Send a Sweet Surprise. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. It’s for loved ones, too! Haven’t talked to a friend in a while? Mail them a care package. Fill it with a handwritten note and homemade treats, like these fudgy Chocolate Protein Valentine Brownies. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter for an extra special (and totally cute!) Valentine’s Day touch. Don’t have a cookie cutter? Don’t worry! Simply cut a heart shape out of parchment paper and use it as an outline to guide your knife around each brownie, and voila! It’ll be love at first bite.
  • Go Straight for Dessert. Valentine’s Day is all about doing what you love with who you love. Feel like rocking a red tuxedo? We like your style. In the mood to scream mushy love songs at the karaoke machine all night? We support you 100%. That’s the beauty of Valentine’s Day. There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate. So, go for it. Give yourself permission to do what feels right. And if that includes having dessert for dinner, treat yourself to these Peanut Butter Cups, which are packed with protein so you can feed your sweet tooth—and nourish your body—at the same time.
  • Celebrate in True 2021 Fashion (Virtually)
    If we learned anything over the past year, it’s that life goes on…online. So, if seeing your person in-person isn’t in the Valentine’s Day cards, don’t sweat it! There are endless ways to celebrate together with the push of a button.

    --Meet for coffee. And have fun with it! Share your go-to coffee shop playlist and drink order beforehand so you can fully enjoy the experience together. Treat yourself to a creamy, dreamy Cinnamon Latte, or if coffee’s not your thing, cozy up to this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. It’s like a hug in a mug.

    --Try something new! Invite your special someone to a virtual painting or flower arrangement class. Roll up your sleeves, press ‘play’ and let your creativity shine. And don’t forget to pour yourself a drink! Shake up this festive and fabulous Blood Orange Creamsicle Protein Mocktail for an alcohol-free evening you’ll never forget.

    --Host a dessert class. Gather your Galentines—or Palentines—for a sweet virtual treat! Instead of playing the inevitable (and we’ll say it: awkward) video ‘mute-and-unmute’ game, teach your pals and gals how to make these Protein Truffles. Made with Premier’s Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder, they’re a less-sugar, high-protein cure for even the wildest V-Day chocolate cravings. Plus, they need 30 minutes to set in the fridge, so there’s plenty of time to dish before digging in.

This Valentine’s Day may be different, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be sweet. With a little creativity (and even less sugar), you can have a lot of fun.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Let us know @PremierProtein!