Valentine’s Day can be yet another candy bonanza for your kids! However, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with less sugar, and just as much fun. Read on for some healthy ideas to help you make this Valentine’s Day extra special!
Fruity Breakfast Smoothie
A healthy way for kids to start the day, this berry smoothie is perfect for breakfast or snack on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup strawberries
1 ½ Tbsps. honey
Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Using high-quality dark chocolate makes for a healthier snack. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stove top, whichever way you prefer. Then, dip the strawberries into the chocolate and allow them to cool. Placing the dipped strawberries in the fridge for a bit will help to harden the chocolate.
Black Bean Brownies (Gluten Free Recipe)
These are flourless brownies made with pureed black beans.
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
3 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
Mix ingredients together in a blender/food processor until pureed. Pour into a greased 8×8 cake pan. Stir in some chocolate chips and nuts, or leave plain. Bake at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.
Fruit and Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate fondue does have sugar, but studies show that it also has antioxidants, which help your body reduce cell damage. And the children will be eating it with fruit. Choose dark chocolate for the most benefit. Dip pineapple, strawberries and bananas into a melted dark-chocolate mixture for dessert as a special Valentine’s Day treat. Be prepared for some messy fun.
For a healthier peanut butter and jelly sandwich, choose organic peanut butter and jelly that’s sweetened only by fruit juice. Get the kids involved by having them apply the peanut butter and jelly to one slice of bread. Put the second piece of bread on top, and push a combination of small and large heart-shaped cookie cutters through the sandwich. Your kids will have fun gobbling up the little hearts.
Toasted Cheese Heart Sandwiches
Use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of bread and square slices of cheese. Place two layers of cheese between the slices of bread and toast. Serve with milk.
Kid-Friendly French Toast
This easy, heart-shaped French toast recipe for kids makes a perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch.
Beat an egg, using a fork, in a medium, low bowl. Add about ¾ cup milk per each egg used. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup and stir well. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes from the center of bread slices. Dip all bread pieces into egg mixture and set onto pancake griddle or large skillet set on medium heat. Brown lightly on both sides. Garnish with cut strawberries and maple syrup.
Fun Banana Boat Dessert
This fruit-filled banana is easy to make, totally healthy, and so fun to eat that it’s the perfect dessert.
Holding the banana curving upwards, remove the top ¼ layer, using a sharp knife. With a small melon scooper, make a shallow, elongated groove to hold the other fruits. Spritz the banana with orange juice or lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Fill banana boat with assorted fruits as shown. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.