As Valentine’s Day approaches, a plethora of sweet treats inevitably flood the scene. Healthy Valentine’s Day treats can help families enjoy the holiday to its fullest in a more wholesome way. Traditionally, this heartfelt holiday involves an abundance of chocolates, candy hearts, and sugary treats that delight all ages. While we wholeheartedly celebrate the joy that these confections bring, it’s understandable that parents may seek alternatives or supplements to the typical sugary fare. Fear not, we believe in striking a balance between indulging in the classic delights and exploring healthier options.
Inspiration for Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats
Explore the healthier side of Valentine’s Day treats with our curated list, adding creativity and wellness to your celebration. This thoughtfully crafted selection not only aims to make the day special for the whole family but also focuses on fostering togetherness and joy with fruity delights and heart-shaped goodies. Handpick a selection of these wholesome options for a memorable and love-filled celebration at home; alternatively, they can be used to enhance the table presentation for an extra lovely party atmosphere.
This calls for strawberries and blueberries. Wash and cut the tips off the strawberries before skewering them through the top cut. Then wash your blueberries before adding them to the skewer. Continue alternating a strawberry and then a blueberry until the skewer is full.
A Themed Snack Tray
Creating a tray of themed snacks is easier than it sounds. Using red fruits like strawberries, cherries, and raspberries brings the Valentine’s vibes. And paired with heart-shaped crackers and cuts of some cheeses you’re all set!
Homemade Fruit Sorbet
Freeze your fruit of choice. In the meantime create simple syrup by heating sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature. Then combine frozen fruit and simple syrup in a food processor and blend until smooth. Mix in lemon juice and salt to taste before adding the mixture to a freezer-safe container and freezing for at least 4 hours.
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cups
Place cupcake cups into a cupcake baking tray. Place a thin layer of pomegranate seeds at the bottom of the cup. Melt your dark chocolate and add a small layer on top of the seeds. Add another layer of pomegranate seeds and another layer of chocolate before topping with a final layer of pomegranate seeds. Add a pinch of sea salt before refrigerating for at least 1 hour.
Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bites
This idea calls for strawberries and yogurt. Wash and cut your strawberries and mix in your desired amount of Greek yogurt. Spoon the mixture into a heart-shaped silicone mold tray and freeze for 2 hours.
Chocolate Covered Fruit
Chocolate-covered strawberries are a Valentine’s Day staple, but have you tried chocolate-covered orange slices? Make it even better by sprinkling a little salt or festive sprinkles before the chocolate hardens. For those who don’t love chocolate, flavored yogurt, peanut butter or Nutella can be used instead.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we hope our wholesome treats bring a perfect blend of tradition and wellness to your celebration. These creative, nutritious alternatives not only offer a departure from sugary fare but also foster family togetherness and joy. We wish your family many cherished memories with a Valentine’s Day that combines love, fun, and well-being.
Sources: Healthy Family Project, This Healthy Table, Delish