For Valentine's candy that won't blow your diet, you may want to order a box of fat-free truffles from New York-based Active Wellness Gourmet. Each cocoa-dusted truffle (choose dark chocolate or mint) has about 20 calories and a creamy, dense texture.
Gayle Reichler developed Active Wellness Inc. in 1992 after surviving thyroid cancer, which she believes was due in part to her diet. Prior to launching the company, she worked as a nutritionist for the Dean Ornish Program and was a professor at New York University in the department of nutrition and food studies. She later translated her experiences into a health program, a line of food and a Manhattan-based food delivery service.
Reichler believes a healthy lifestyle should be easy. "The truffles demonstrate how you can be healthy and satisfied at the same time, which is Active Wellness' philosophy," she says. Her latest book is "Active Wellness: Feel Good for Life: A Personalized 10-Step Program for the Mind, Body and Spirit" (Time-Life Books, 1999).
Active Wellness, (212) 496-3991. (Truffles are $12.50 for box of 12.)