Healthy Treats for Valentine’s Day

lips2Valentines Day is synonymous with sugar. Boxes of chocolates, cookies, and cupcakes find their way into our homes under the guise of being a thoughtful gift. Nothing says “I love you” like diabetes wrapped in a red ribbon.

Kids hand out valentines to their classmates complete with lollipops or some other sugary snack. *Things may have changed now. With all the food allergies and gluten intolerance kids may only be allowed to give out stickers or other non-edibles.

I’m not advocating cutting out sweets entirely. If you ever hear me say no more chocolate, stop reading immediately. Someone else is writing this post. But there are healthier ways to show your valentine how much they mean to you.

Try one of these recipes in place of the packaged stuff. You’ll totally score bonus points with your sweetie if you make them yourself. Or you could forgo the food all together and buy her a Sephora gift card.

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  1. Chocolate dipped strawberries. Don’t mess with a classic.pretz
  2. Peanut butter and chocolate dipped pretzels . Microwave 1 square of of dark chocolate and 1 teaspoon of natural peanut butter. Dip 1 large pretzel rod or 8 regular pretzels.blue
  3. Yogurt dipped fruit. I like raisins or blueberries. Here’s an easy recipe.

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4. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes   Recipe here. Love her blog!
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5. Peanut butter cookies   Recipe here.
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7. Trail mix- make sure your loved one doesn’t have any nut allergies!

Some great combos are:

  • almonds and dried cranberries
  • banana chips, chocolate chips, dried cherries,peanuts, and mini marshmallows
  • macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, dried pineapple, coconut flakes

Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day! And if you don’t have someone to share these with,that means more for you!

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