Registered dietitian Sharon Richter shared with amNewYork her tips on how to indulge, but not go overboard, this Valentine's Day.
1. Try individually wrapped chocolates. While there might be a bit more waste, you will be able to see exactly how much you've eaten, and be forced to experience it in a tangible, tactile way.
2. Choose chocolates made with "real ingredients." Candy with a lot of filler ingredients can get in the way of digestion. And it doesn't make you feel good. Richter recommends KIND healthy snacks and Sweet Loren's all-natural, ready-to-bake desserts.
3. Make smart candy choices. A chocolate covered strawberry has far fewer calories and fat than a truffle.
4. Instead of milk chocolate, opt for dark chocolate, which chemically boosts your serotonin levels, making you feel better.
5. Be a "mindful eater." If you know you're going to eat more chocolate than you should, or have a decadent dinner, choose a salad for lunch.