Febuary 14th, Valentine's Day, is the day we let our significant others know how much we care about them through a big box of milk chocolates and maybe a fancy dinner out. I'm not going to say that doesn't sound great, but maybe we could fine tune it a bit, huh?
Personally, this date has taken on a whole new meaning for me. On that day in 2011, I was planning to be rolled in for a new kidney the following morning. With a big surgery like that, I was under strict eating guidelines, which didn't include much other than clear fluids. I was forced to take a look at just how important the "Valentine's Chocolate & Fancy Dinner" really was. This year, let's enjoy our food....no liquid diets for me! But let's also take some time to plan out our Valentine's Day and not get sidetracked by the mass marketing of Valentine's day at 6pm Febuary 14th. Let's make it mean something and let's make it good, let's consider now some healthy Valentine's treats.
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1 pack of strawberries
Dark chocolate bar
This is a simple one and probably quicker than meandoring through the candy aisle at your local grocery store. Lay some parchment paper on a plate or baking pan. Grab some strawberries & a bar of dark chocolate (some stores have dark chocolate in a tub that makes it even easier). Microwave the dark chocolate in 30 second increments until it is smooth enough to either dip the strawberries in or drizzle over the strawberries. Lay the strawberries on the parchment paper & throw them in the fridge to harden.
Heart Fruit Kabobs
Your fave fruit, such as pears, apples, canteloupe, watermelon, etc.
Cookie cutter in the shape of a heart
Kabob or popsicle sticks
Using a metal cookie cutter, cut of few pieces of fruit into this romantic shape and place on a kabob stick. If you want to get creative, choose a few different sizes or other shapes! The shapes might take on a special meaning. For example, airplane cookie cutters to throw in the mix for a pilot.
Chocolate Chip Raspberries
Dark chocolate chips or dairy free chocolate chips
Simply place a chocolate chip inside of each raspberry. This is simple and classy! You can present them on a simple white plate with a romantic hand written note on the side.
Whipped Berry Dessert
Homemade whipping cream
Chocolate chip raspberries (above)
Dark chocolate square
Place the berries in a martini glass and top with whipping cream and a square of dark chocolate.
Not only are these healthy Valentine's treats better for you and simple, but they mean more to people! Especially with a nice handwritten note. If you can top this off with a walk or activity that you both love, even better! Keep in mind that this is not just for couples. If you are parent looking to do something fun for your kids for Valentines' Day, let them help you put these treats together with you!
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