MOSCOW, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. Dessert for a festive dinner on Valentine's Day should be light and aromatic, for example, fruits and berries, both fresh and in the form of jelly, sorbet, fruit mousses, and alcohol can be replaced with non-alcoholic cocktails based on fruits, berries, spices, aromatic herbs, black or green tea, Antonina Starodubova, chief nutritionist of the Moscow health department, told RIA Novosti.
“Nowadays, Russians are increasingly giving preference to light meals for the festive table, and both on weekdays and on holidays they strive to join a healthy lifestyle, one of the pillars of which is a balanced diet. This is certainly beneficial both for preventing overeating and and for the prevention of various diseases in general. To create a special festive atmosphere, beautiful table setting and serving of dishes is extremely important, and it is not at all necessary to cook too many different dishes, “Starodubova said.
According to her, dishes should be tasty, healthy, aromatic, beautifully presented, go well with each other, but not too high in calories and fatty. It is recommended to prepare the menu in advance. “To avoid overeating, dinner should fit on a small plate – about 20-25 centimeters in diameter. It is good if half of this plate is represented by various vegetables, fresh herbs and fruits. You can, for example, prepare various salads from fresh vegetables and herbs, serving them in the form of small colorful bouquets or hearts.For cooking hot, it is better to choose dietary meats and poultry – rabbit, turkey, chicken – or to cook fish.As a method of cooking a hot dish, it is better to choose baking in foil or sleeve with vegetables and herbs or on the grill “, – explained the interlocutor of the agency.
She clarified that these cooking methods do not require the addition of additional fats, and the aroma and flavor of the products are preserved and perfectly emphasized. You can also grill various vegetables – tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and others.
“Traditionally, dessert and drinks occupy a special place in the romantic dinner menu. It is better to choose something light and aromatic. It can be fresh fruits and berries, or in the form of jelly, sorbet or fruit mousses,” Starodubova said.
Despite the lack of obvious templates on the menu at such events, the choice began to increasingly fall on seafood, various exotic vegetables and fruits, early strawberries and chocolate. However, in this matter, it is important to be careful, especially for people prone to various allergic reactions. It is better to prefer those products that are already familiar and well tolerated so as not to spoil the holiday, the nutritionist notes.
“I would also like to note the very significant risks associated with the use of alcoholic beverages. These are, first of all, the consequences of intoxication and the toxic effects of alcohol. Doctors generally recommend giving up alcoholic beverages. Instead, it is better to prepare non-alcoholic cocktails based on fruits, berries, spices, aromatic herbs, black or green tea. These cocktails can be served hot or chilled, depending on your taste preferences, “- said the doctor.