Yes, chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand, but try some healthier alternatives that are sure to be big hits this holiday.
My kids love to “help” in the kitchen – the following Valentine’s Day themed recipes are very simple to follow and allow for the younger “helpers” to foster their love of cooking and baking. It’s great for children to see that healthier and tasty alternatives are always available, so below are a few simple Valentine’s Day themed recipes that they will enjoy making – and sharing!
Heart Shaped Pancakes
Start with a wholegrain or buckwheat pancake mix. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter when the pancakes are cooked. For an extra Valentine's Day touch, add some red food coloring to the batter. Top your “sweet” pancakes with strawberries.
Great Pumpkin Cookies
This delicious and good for you cookie recipe was developed by our healthy food guru Kristine Lopez. Incorporating oats into the recipe is the secret! For that special Valentine’s Day touch, add a little red food coloring to your favorite cream cheese frosting and top your cookies with just a small amount. For the recipe click here.
Very Berry Parfait
This is one of our favorite recipes because it’s so good for you and tasty. The layers of red and blue berries alternating with a delicious whipped cream and low-fat pudding mix are irresistible! Follow the simple recipe here.
Start with a variety of red fruits such as raspberries, red seedless grapes, cherries, watermelon pieces and cut strawberries. Load them onto red or pick plastic skewers and top or serve with low-fat vanilla or strawberry yogurt, pink cream cheese, or dark chocolate if you like.
Heart Shaped Quiches
Take your favorite quiche recipe and make individual quiches with disposable heart-shaped baking cups (Reynolds make them). The baking cups can also be used to make heart shaped muffins – just top those with a little pink cream cheese for a sweet morning treat!
Heart Shaped Eggs
Cook your eggs sunny side up using a light olive oil cooking spray. Once cooked, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to give your eggs a themed holiday shape. Place the heart shaped egg over a piece of whole grain toast for a complete breakfast.
Spread plain cream cheese evenly onto 1 whole-wheat tortilla. Place a spoonful of strawberry jam onto the tortilla and spread it evenly on top of the cream cheese. Roll up the tortilla and slice into 1 inch thick pieces.
- Mini multigrain or whole grain bagels with pink cream cheese
- Sliced fruit with chocolate fondue or strawberry yogurt
- Strawberries and low-fat whipped cream
- Healthy muffins with pink cream cheese and sprinkles
- Sliced apples with heart shaped cheese
- Jell-o Jigglers cut into heart shapes
- Strawberry or berry smoothies
- Heart shaped sandwiches – surprise your child with one of these in their lunchbox!
- Consider inviting family members to sample your kid’s treats – they will love them!
- Let children plan the meals they want to prepare, just give yourself (ideally) about a week to plan so you can gather all the ingredients.
- Remember that kids may not have money to buy gifts, but making Valentine’s Day treats with their own hands can be a great lesson in giving and sharing!