Sweet Treats Worth Eating
While there's nothing wrong with the occasional piece of chocolate or candy heart, your kids will get plenty of those things during school-sponsored Valentine's Day parties. When it comes to celebrating Cupid's holiday at home, show them true love by offering healthy, kid-friendly sweets.
Frozen dark chocolate almond banana pops
Talk about a kid-pleaser! These chocolate-covered treats taste as good as a store-bought popsicle, but they're packed with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants, the perfect immune booster during cold and flu season. All you need are eight popsicle sticks, four medium bananas cut in half width-wise, a half cup of melted dark chocolate chips and a half-cup of chopped California almonds. Then simply stick the popsicle sticks into the bananas, drizzle them with chocolate and sprinkle the almonds over the top. Finish up by popping them in the freezer on a wax-lined baking sheet, and in 30 minutes they'll be ready to serve! For a Valentine's-inspired look, consider adding a dash of pink or red sprinkles on top.
California almond butter popcorn
Popcorn sometimes gets a bad rap, but homemade popcorn treats can actually be quite healthy! Since popcorn is a whole-grain food packed with healthy fiber, as long as serving sizes aren't too big and add-ins are relatively limited, you and your kids can feel good about this recipe provided by Real California Milk. The almond butter and sliced almonds also offer heart- and immune-friendly vitamin E, making it a perfectly healthy alternative.
Strawberry frozen yogurt squares
If you want to make Valentine's Day breakfast special without setting the table with boxes of chocolate candies, try serving up these strawberry frozen yogurt squares from the National Dairy Council. The pink color will delight your kids, while the 7 grams of protein and 20 percent daily value of calcium will make you smile.
Milk chocolate cheesecakelets
For an after-dinner V-Day treat, you don't have to skimp on the chocolate! Just make sure you're choosing something healthier than a slab of chocolate cake or a chocolate brownie. We love the milk chocolate cheesecakelets recipe from Liz Vaccariello, the editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest and the author of The Digest Diet. At only 122 calories and 6 grams of protein each, you can happily serve one (or two) to your kids, to their delight. For an especially kid-friendly version, experiment with heart-shaped silicone cupcake or candy molds.
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