By Meredith Sheldon
A box of chocolates. Heart-shaped donuts. Pink frosted cupcakes.
Valentine’s Day foods are loaded with love — and with saturated fats and calories. Give your loved ones a sweet treat this holiday that is healthy for their hearts and their bodies!
Dark-Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
If you aren’t the best cook, this is an easy, healthy recipe that your loved ones will adore. All you need are fresh strawberries and 100 percent dark chocolate baking chips.
Melt the dark chocolate chips on a stove over a low heat. Once the chocolate is melted and stirred, dip the strawberries. Place them on a wax paper-lined baking tray and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
If you are looking to munch on a healthy treat before watching a movie with your loved one, these veggies are the perfect snack. All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter!
Slice up some cucumbers, zucchini and any other vegetables you may like into thin circles. Then use the cookie cutter to cut them into hearts.
Whip up a bowl of hummus and dip away!
Heart-shaped whole-grain pancakes
Valentine’s Day breakfast doesn’t have to be boring, and nothing says heart-healthy like organic, whole grains.
Pick up a bag of Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake Mix and some dark chocolate baking chips.
Whisk 1 cup of pancake mix in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of Truvia, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
In another bowl, mix 2 1/4 cup skim milk, 2 organic eggs and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Once you have both mixtures, combine them into one bowl and stir. Add chocolate chips to the mixture for a sweet taste!
Heat a pan on the stove and flip your heart-healthy cakes until they brown. Top with fresh strawberries and bananas and enjoy!
If you want to make a sweet lunch for your loved one, this is an easy and tasty twist on an average sandwich.
Cut red apples into thin circle slices. You can either spread almond butter on the surfaces of the apples or you can add cheese instead. Grab your heart-shaped cookie cutter and slice your apple sandwiches into hearts.
Now you have a heart-healthy and festive Valentine’s Day snack.