Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Have a Happy, Healthy Valentine’s Day


Try some healthy alternatives to the traditional sugary candy.
Try some healthy alternatives to the traditional sugary candy.
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Holidays are the death of healthy eating. We’ve developed a habit of wanting to celebrate by eating sugary, fatty, unhealthy food—under the assumption that if it tastes good, it must not be good for you. Wrong! Some of my favorite foods are also incredibly healthy. Consider these fun Valentine’s Day themed food treats this year as an alternative to the traditional candy and sugar overload:

Smooties: Combine your favorite berries with yogurt to make a healthy treat. If it’s ice cream you’re craving, use frozen berries!

Fruit Bars: Blend together strawberries and bananas, then freeze them onto popsicle sticks. Give it a few hours, and then you’ll have a fresh, frozen treat!

Chocolate pudding without added sugars or fats!
Chocolate avocado pudding is healthy and sweet!
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Fruit Kabobs: Pick out three or four of your favorite pink and red fruits, then cut them up and make kabobs out of them. If you’re feeling really indulgent, get some pure dark chocolate and melt it for dipping sauce.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding: Sounds strange, but I’ve heard nothing but good things. This recipe calls for avocado, banana, cocoa powder, dates, and vanilla extract—that’s it! Top with a few raspberries or strawberries to brighten it up.

Watermelon Hearts: Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut watermelon into tiny hearts or use a paring knife to do the same to strawberries. Serve with a tiny bit of fresh whipping cream.

Watermelon hearts are cute and healthy!
Watermelon hearts are cute and healthy!
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Tomato Tarts: If you want something a bit more savory, try these heart-shaped tomato tarts. All you need is puff pastry, Dijon mustard, and tomatoes.

Love Day Punch: To avoid sugary drinks, try making a healthier version using cranberry juice and seltzer water. You can even make heart-shaped ice cubes using pink lemonade or add fresh fruit.

Do you have any other healthy Valentine’s Day treats you’ll be trying at home this year? I plan on making the chocolate avocado pudding, hands down. If you have any other ideas or recipes, please feel free to share them here! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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