February is a month filled with love, heart-shaped candy, chocolates, and of course, Valentine’s Day. February is also American Heart Month, giving you a great opportunity to combine the two and make sweet treats that are healthy for your family.
We reached out to our friend Amanda Keefer, managing director at Healthy Family Project, for a list of her favorite healthy, simple and sweet Valentine’s Day treats:
Valentine Strawberry Yogurt Bites
You’re gonna love how ridiculously easy these healthy frozen yogurt bites are to make.
- 1/2 cup nonfat blended strawberry Greek yogurt (not fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt)
- 3 1/2 tablespoons 100% fruit seedless strawberry jelly
- 4 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
- Combine yogurt and jelly in bowl.
- Chop chocolate chips and add them to the yogurt mixture, stirring thoroughly.
- Spoon mixture into flexible molds. Tap gently on counter so the yogurt levels smoothly.
- Cut colored paper straws in thirds to create “popsicle sticks” to push into mixture.
- Freeze until solid. Unmold immediately after removing from freezer, while still frozen.
- Serve immediately or return to freezer tightly wrapped or packaged in airtight containers.
Easy & Healthy Fruit Salad
Got a heart-shaped cookie cutter on hand? Then make this cute fruit salad with lots of heart-shaped watermelon love! This one also includes apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapefruit (keeps the apples from turning brown). You can add extra sweetness with some homemade whipped cream or serve it with Greek yogurt.
Nutella & Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Topped with a three-ingredient cheesecake mixture (cream cheese, Nutella and a pinch of cinnamon), Nutella-Strawberry Cheesecake Bites make a fabulous dessert, party treat or afternoon snack. Dare we say these little-bits would make a tasty breakfast too?
Lovely Valentine Snack Board
Skip the meats and get creative with a modern version of a charcuterie board using crackers, strawberries, raspberries, yogurt-covered pretzels, dragon fruit, cranberries and brie cheese sprinkled with coconut for style points.
Valentine’s Day Fruits with Messages
By Cake Whiz
Using black and red edible markers, add sweet messages to fruits in kids’ lunch boxes and brighten their day.
Decadent Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding
This secretly healthy Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding is perfect for a low-calorie Valentine’s Day treat. This recipe is dairy-free, oil-free and added-sugar-free! What does that leave you with? Chocolate and all natural ingredients! The chia seeds in this pudding act as a natural thickener, so just add all the ingredients to a big bowl, stir, refrigerate overnight and then puree the next day. Voila — pudding is ready!
- 2 cups of full fat coconut milk (in the can; do not use the coconut water portion)
- ½ cup of chia seeds
- ½ cup of Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 9 whole dates (dried and pitted)
- Toppings: raspberries, almonds, dark chocolate
- In a large bowl, add coconut milk and chia seeds. Whisk until combined.
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and whole dates. Mix slightly.
- Cover bowl and chill for at least 4 hours (best if you let it sit overnight).
- Spoon into blender. Puree until smooth.
- Top with fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and shaved dark chocolate.
PLAY Tip: Make it a family activity to pick strawberries together at these Central Florida u-pick locations.