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Healthy Valentine’s Treats

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Healthy Valentine’s Treats

 

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that are filled with sweet treats.  From the chocolates to the fancy desserts, many of the treats are delicious but not the healthiest options.  Fortunately, there are some great ways to enjoy a tasty treat on Valentine’s Day without the calories and sugar.  Try a few of these ideas instead.


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Healthy Fruit Treats

 

Fruit is a sweet treat that can be enjoyed in the place of processed candies on Valentine’s Day. Create a colorful fruit salad by cutting up fruit and tossing it together in a pretty glass bowl.

 

You can also create a very simple fruit tart using a frozen pie crust and fresh fruit.  Top with whipped cream or drizzle with a small amount of melted chocolate for a delicious fresh “pie” that will be a lot healthier than one full of sugar.

 

 A fruit fondue is another way to add something nutritious to the holiday mix.  Simply dip fruit in melted chocolate for a yummy and healthy treat.  Use dark chocolate to reduce the sugar and increase the antioxidants in your fondue.  You can also dip fresh fruit in delicious strawberry yogurt for a healthy alternative.

 

Sneak In the Veggies

 

It may surprise you to know that many baked goods can be made both extra delicious and a little healthier with the addition of some nutritional power.  Zucchini, carrots, and even parsnips can all make a cake moister and put a lot more vitamins into it.

 

Beets are another veggie that not only adds nutrition, but also can be used to provide a beautiful color to your recipes.  Use them to add a lovely red hue.

 

Shape and Color Healthy Foods

 

Instead of making sweet treats, make healthy foods into fun shapes. Use a cookie cutter to cut a healthy sandwich into a heart shape.  Make heart-shaped whole wheat pancakes and top them with fresh fruit.

 

Cut cucumber slices into heart shapes and toss them on a fresh, healthy salad, and use a nice red dressing to add some Valentine’s Day color.  Remember that you don’t have to make it sweet to make it romantic!  You can even turn a basic meal into a Valentine’s feast with a small touch like a little red food coloring.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day can be fun and tasty even without all the excess sugar.  Just look to healthy foods that can be turned into a tasty treat quickly and easily, and you can enjoy Valentine’s Day without blowing your diet.

 

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