The loveliest day of the year is just around the corner! That’s right. It’s Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is such a special time of the year because we get to show the ones we love how much we cherish and appreciate them.
If you’re still thinking about the perfect gift for your Valentine, don’t worry because HealthStart is here to help! Nothing says “I love you” more than some sweet and healthy treats that are easy to make, packed with nutrients, and full of love! These treats are a fantastic way to make some lovely memories with your little ones and will definitely be something the whole family can enjoy together!
Here are 8 Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats:
1. Healthy Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bark
I don’t know if it’s just me, but chocolate is a must on Valentine’s Day! With only six ingredients needed, this Healthy Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bark recipe by Amy’s Healthy Baking is easy to make with your little ones. The combination of unsweetened chocolate, sea salt, almonds, and raspberries is not only delicious but provides you with so many nutrients as well. Together, the almonds, raspberries, and dark chocolate create a treat rich in healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins, all of which make our hearts stronger!
2. Whole Wheat Strawberry Beet Muffins
Nothing beats waking up to a yummy and colorful treat for Valentine’s Day breakfast! These Whole Wheat Strawberry Beet Muffins by Super Healthy Kids are so fluffy, taste super sweet and have the nourishing benefits of both the strawberries and the hidden ingredient - beets! Beets contain potassium, anti-inflammatory antioxidants, and folate, which is beneficial for growth, and the strawberries provide our bodies with Vitamin C and antioxidants. The bright pink and red colors of the strawberries and beets are perfect for the occasion and are a great way to start your love-filled Valentine’s Day!
3. Tomato and Cheese Hearts
Now, this wouldn’t be a list of Valentine’s Day treats without one being heart-shaped to symbolize your love! Super simple to make, these Tomato and Cheese Hearts are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and potassium, which are essential nutrients in keeping your heart and bones healthy. All you need are two grape tomatoes, each cut at a 45-degree angle, to make the heart, sliced cheese to make the arrow tip and end, and a toothpick to put it all together. This would be perfect as an afternoon snack, and your little ones will be so excited to devour these cute and nutritious love arrows!
4. Acai Dark Chocolate Truffles
I think it might be love at first taste with these Acai Dark Chocolate Truffles by Food Revolution! While most truffles get their creamy texture from milk, these decadent truffles melt in your mouth thanks to a very special ingredient - avocados. Avocados provide our bodies with vitamins, potassium, heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, and are known to lower cholesterol levels. By eating these chocolatey balls of goodness, covered in antioxidant-rich acai powder, not only will your stomachs be super happy, but your hearts will too!
5. Strawberry Roses
Roses have become a staple flower on Valentine’s Day, but do you know what’s even better than traditional roses? That’s right - edible roses! These Strawberry Roses by Eats Amazing are a fun combination of food and crafts that you can do with your little ones. All you need are large strawberries, raisins, a silicone flower pot cake case, and a cake pop stick! While you cut up the strawberries to make a rose, your kiddos can help you out by filling up the pots with the raisin “dirt.” After you’re done, you have these cute little roses that are a perfect treat, packed with vitamins and nutrients for your kids!
6. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ladybugs
I think Valentine’s Day is so much more fun with a little critter friend by your side! These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ladybugs by Princess Pinky Girl are a super simple snack idea that your kids will love eating! With just four ingredients - strawberries, chocolate, candy eyes, and licorice - you and your little ones can celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating these little love bugs together!
7. Raspberry & Vanilla Popcorn
Perfect for a Valentine’s Day movie night, this 3 minute Raspberry & Vanilla Popcorn recipe by My Fussy Eater will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings while watching your family’s favorite movie! Plus you are getting lots of beneficial fiber from the popcorn. All you need is a brown paper bag, popcorn kernels, honey, vanilla extract, and freeze-dried raspberries. Start by placing the popcorn kernels in the brown paper bag and microwaving for about 2 minutes. After it’s done, pour the honey and vanilla extract mixture over the popcorn and add the nutritious raspberries on top. Give the popcorn a nice mix, and you’re all done! You can even customize your popcorn to your taste by trying different freeze-dried fruits.
8. Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
To top off your perfect Valentine’s Day, this Fruit & Yogurt Parfait is a pretty and nutritious dessert for your little ones to enjoy. All you need is yogurt, granola, and fresh strawberries or raspberries. Layer the granola, vanilla yogurt, and your choice of either strawberry or raspberry yogurt in a cup to make this super festive pink treat for the day of love. A good tip is to use greek yogurt if you’re looking for that extra source of protein. Finish off your perfect parfait by decorating it with strawberries or raspberries and some heart sprinkles!
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