Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

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February 4, 2016

Sweet treats abound when February 14th rolls around. From candy conversation hearts spelling out sweet nothings to overflowing boxes of foiled-covered chocolates there is always something tasty to indulge in and devour. Try something new this pink, puffy heart day and test out new treats that beat the box of candy and are good for you too. Heart healthy snacks and desserts like these will make anyone feel loved.

Very Veggie Valentine

Looking for ideas that incorporate vegetables this 14th? Munch on these creative snacks to get your heart racing and do a body good.

  • Grab some grape tomatoes and cut them in half and at an angle. Take two pieces and place them together in a heart shape. Fix them together with a toothpick for a cute take on a heart.
  • Cut your carrots into hearts! While this is more complicated in execution, you can cut a carrot so that when sliced it is in the shape of little hearts. Crunchy heart-shaped carrots placed in a pot of chicken soup definitely satisfy the soul any day. Steam them with butter and a dash of salt and pepper as a new take on a traditional side dish.
  • Potatoes can also be cut into hearts for a twist on taters at dinner tonight. Peel and slice a raw potato. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter (metal works best) stamp out heart-shaped potato slices. Toss in a bowl with salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic with a chopped sprig of rosemary. Cook on a foil-lined baking sheet at 400 for 20-25 minutes and then serve.

Freshen Up Fruit

Perfect for little kids as an after school snack these fruit dishes make a healthy alternative to the candy saturated cards that fill their backpacks this time of year.

  • Melon kabobs are a great way to get kids helping in the kitchen while teaching them the benefits of eating a daily dose of fruit. Using honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe slice the melon and then cut the fruit with a heart-shape cookie cutter. Alternate the different color melon onto a kabob stick into a delightfully colorful sweet snack.
  • Bring a smile to someone by smearing some peanut butter on half a graham cracker and making heart-shaped strawberry eyes with a mini chocolate chop smile. This makes a fun snack mid-day for kids and adults alike.
  • Strawberries are great for everyone and naturally look like hearts. Take a Popsicle stick and stick it into the tip of a strawberry. Dip the strawberry into some vanilla yogurt and coat with granola. Breakfast is served!

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