It is that time of the year when couples young and old express their unconditional love for one another with roses, chocolates and gifts galore. Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, celebrated annually on February 14, to convey the heartfelt emotions of romance and care for that special someone in each person’s life.
Even as Cupid is doing the rounds, striking lovebirds all over the world with his arrow to induce feelings of affection and attraction, alas, so is COVID-19 unfortunately, with viral infections still spreading across the globe owing to the emergence of the new Omicron variant. Nevertheless, though you might be hesitant to plan a road trip over the weekend or make reservations at a fine-dining restaurant for February 14, do not let the coronavirus put a damper on your V-day celebrations. Ring in the festive occasion right at home with your near and dear one, by whipping up some tantalising fare for an intimate date night.
Oh, we just forgot something - no dinner date with your loved one is complete without a delectable smooth drink to finish the meal. While champagne and wine are classic components of a romantic rendezvous, this time around take the healthy route and try these non-alcoholic beverages made with fruits. Fresh ripe bounties such as strawberries, apples, oranges, bananas, figs, pomegranates are not only brimming with essential nutrients, but are also synonymous with boosting sexual wellness and fertility being natural aphrodisiacs. So, get set and rustle up these delightful concoctions of Strawberry Orange Punch and Apple Pomegranate Spritzer, as a perfect healthy finale to your romantic date night at home.
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Refreshing Fruity Drinks Sans Alcohol For Valentine’s Day Festivities:
Strawberry Orange Punch
1 cup ripe strawberries
1 medium-sized orange, peeled and sliced
2 cups sparkling water/soda
A bunch of mint leaves
Blend the strawberries along with the orange slices to obtain a homogenous solution.
Put in some crushed ice in two tall glasses and pour the fruit blend into them, adding some sparkling water as well.
Garnish with mint leaves on top and relish the tasty strawberry orange punch after dinner.
Strawberries are laden with anthocyanin antioxidants to prevent cardiac ailments and uplift heart health, in addition to dietary fibres that regulate appetite and promote digestion. Oranges supply ample vitamin C for stronger immunity and rejuvenated skin texture, besides vitamin A for enhanced eyesight.
Apple Pomegranate Spritzer
1 pomegranate, juiced
1 large apple, juiced
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups sparkling water or soda
A sprig of basil leaves
A few ice cubes
Pour the pomegranate juice, apple juice and lemon juice into a large container and mix well.
Fill two mugs with a few ice cubes, transfer the fruit mixture and add some soda.
Top off the mugs with basil leaves as a garnish and enjoy the enticing apple pomegranate spritzer post dinner.
Apples are imbued with calcium, phosphorous and magnesium for strong bones and joints, while also supplying carbohydrates for bolstering energy levels and metabolism. Pomegranates are rich in vitamin K that is vital for blood clotting and wound healing processes, aside from being a storehouse of potassium, which lowers high blood pressure and safeguards heart functions.