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Published on February 10, 2015

Delicious and Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a time to indulge with the ones you love—and you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without all the sugar. These heart-healthy treats are perfect to enjoy with your sweetheart, the whole family or at your kid’s classroom party.

Banana Split for Two

Instead of topping bananas with the usual ice cream and chocolate syrup, we’ve subbed Greek yogurt, which is a good source of protein, fiber-rich strawberries and healthier dark chocolate. This healthy twist on the classic dessert is the perfect end to a date night or as a special treat for the kids.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 scoops vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 2 strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Unpeel the bananas and place on decorative plates.
  2. Thinly slice the strawberries into heart shapes.
  3. Spread the yogurt on the bananas, then top with chocolate chips and strawberries.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 2 servings

 

Wannabe Brownie Bites

This delicious dessert is sweetened with heart-healthy cacao powder, honey and a dusting of powdered sugar in place of white granulated sugar. Almonds and dates ensure you’re also getting protein and fiber that your body needs. These imitation brownie bites are easy to make, with no baking involved (plus your kids won’t be able to tell the difference!).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup roasted almonds
  • 15 whole pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Pulse almonds in a food processor until ground.
  2. Add dates, cacao powder, honey and water and process until thick and sticky. You may need to add extra water to get the desired consistency.
  3. Put the powdered sugar in a bowl.
  4. Form small balls with the mixture in your hands and roll in the sugar.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for your family to snack on and feel the love.

Yield: 30 balls

Fresh Fruit Lollipops

We all know how hard it can be to get our kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. This recipe is an easy way to make eating fruit more fun, so kids can get those essential nutrients. These simple treats are the perfect way to bring a little color to your kid’s classroom Valentine’s Day party.

Ingredients:

  • 20 red grapes
  • 20 green grapes
  • 20 cubed pineapple pieces
  • 20 cubed watermelon pieces
  • 20 hulled strawberries
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions:

  1. Rinse all fruit.
  2. Insert lollipop sticks into the ends of grapes.
  3. Insert popsicle sticks into the cubed fruit pieces.
  4. Arrange on a platter for your kid to share with the whole classroom.

Yield: 20 servings

What are your favorite healthy alternatives for Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments below!

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