At-Home Date Night

Whether you’ve been cooped up with your partner for over a month now or meeting someone new on video chat, a date night now requires signifcantly more creativity than it once did. We want to help you curate the perfect, cost-friendly at-home date night ideas for you and your significant others.

Before we focus on the ideas, let’s talk about what you can do to make yourself date night ready. I don’t know about you, but my lack of effort in the appearance department has gone down the drain since quarantine has begun, and it can make or break you and your self-esteem. Getting yourself put together like you would if you had somewhere to be can change how you approach your day. So, my suggestion to get you in your date night mood would be to pretend you were going out for a night on the town. Throw on a flowy dress, a pair of wedges, a little bit of makeup to brighten your complexion, and your favourite hoop earrings. For one, you will feel good about yourself, but you’ll also have your significant other turning their head.

Date night = the best night

We know life gets busy, but now with these unexpected changes that allow us to stay home, put aside one night a week to focus on one another. Date night at home doesn’t have to be complicated or costly, so put away the phone, make a playlist of you and you’re partners favourite songs and try some of these ideas.

Date Night Ideas

  • Forget Wine and Cheese… how about a Chocolate tasting night? Pick six chocolates to taste test after dinner ordered in! Pair it with your favourite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink.
  • Set up a mini spa with incense and give each other massages. Use Google or Youtube to learn some proper techniques.
  • Have a “finger food only dinner” and feed each other.
  • Go on a picnic. If it is warm enough, try to go outside (even if it’s in your backyard). And if it’s too cold, spread a quilt out on the floor, open a bottle of wine and have some finger foods while keeping your picnic indoors.
  • Have a karaoke night! Find songs with lyrics on Youtube and sing your hearts out. This is funniest if you can find some heart wrenching ballads to belt out with one another.
  • Have a video game night. Seriously, this can be a lot of fun. Use whatever game station you have, whether it’s a competitive game of Mario Kart or your partners favourite war game.
  • Make it a theme night. Choose a theme and centre everything you do around it. For example, if you choose an Italian theme, you could eat spaghetti and gelato, then watch a movie like ‘Eat Pray Love’ -some other fun theme ideas are; Mexican, Asian, Christmas Dinner, 1950’s, etc.
  • Have a romantic candlelit dinner. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating hot dogs and Mac and Cheese or steak; anything candlelit will be romantic. Set up the table with fancy napkins and flowers to add that romantic feel to the evening.
  • Have a homemade pizza night. This is a fun and easy way to get you two in the kitchen together while cooking comfort food that will taste amazing.
  • Have Breakfast in Bed (even if it’s a night date)! Breakfast for dinner is one of my favourite meals. Pull out the TV trays and go all out in your pyjamas and fuzzy socks.
  • Have a living room campout. Make indoor stores and tinfoil dinner in your oven. Make a tent out of pillows and blankets and full out the blow-up mattress.
  • Have a movie marathon. Pick a theme (whether it’s an actor, genre, or series) and watch as many as possible. If you fall asleep, you can always pick up where you left off another night.
  • Bubble bath for two. Need I say more?

 

 

You can do so many things in the comfort of your own home that will add some extra flair into your ordinary evenings spent with your partner.

 

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Dates

– High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid, which all have anti-inflammatory properties.
 
– High in fiber, which benefits your digestive health and promotes regular bowel movements.
 
-Eating dates helps improve brain function by lowering inflammatory markers, such as interleukin.
 
– Dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fiber and antioxidants.

Citrus Fruits

Sweet Potatoes

Parsnips

LEMONS & ORANGES

Citrus Fruits

– Rich in vitamin C which is needed to form and maintain healthy skin, bones, blood vessels and connective tissue.
 
-Plays an important role in supporting the immune system and also acts as an antioxidant that might help protect cells against the effects of free radicals and fight inflammation. 
 
-Full of soluble fiber that can help lower LDL cholesterol, consequently reducing cardiovascular disease. 
 
– Abundant in multiple other nutrients, including potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, and copper.
 

Sweet Potatoes

Parsnips

Kale

Parsnips

– Are highly nutritious, and supply many antioxidants, which are health-promoting compounds that help prevent oxidative stress and decrease damage to your cells.
 
– Parsnips are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber moves through your gastrointestinal tract undigested, helping to get things moving and optimizing digestive health.
 
– Low in calories yet rich in fiber, parsnips make an excellent addition to a healthy weight loss diet.

Garlic

– Garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system and combat sickness, including the common cold.
– The active compounds in garlic reduces blood pressure.
– Contains antioxidants that may help prevent alzheimer’s disease and dementia because oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to the aging process.
– At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.

Sweet Potatoes

– The fiber and antioidants in sweet potatoes are advantageous to gut health.
 
– Sweet potatoes offer various antioxidants, which may help protect against certain types of cancers.
 
– They are incredibly rich in beta-carotene, the antioxidant responsible for the vegetables bright orange colour.
 
– Full of vitamin A which is critical to a healthy immune system.

Parsnips

Kale

Garlic

Kale

– Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol. Antioxidants are substances that help counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in the body. 
 
– Kale can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
 
– Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
 
-Very high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body can turn into vitamin A.
 
– A great plant-based source of calcium, a nutrient that is very important for bone health and plays a role in all sorts of cellular functions.

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