Valentine’s Day is the most sugar-coated day of the year, but don’t try to steer your kids away from sweets altogether; just make your own healthy, natural ones instead.
These easy-to-make, nutrient-filled alternatives are sure to keep sugar crashes at bay.
Fruity and a little bit chocolatey, this simple snack offers the best of both dessert worlds. Simply heat semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler until melted, and dip in strawberries, coating them halfway. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and allow them to cool in the fridge. Drizzle with melted white chocolate for some extra pizzazz. Wrap each one in foil like a Hershey’s Kiss, stick them on lollipop sticks, or them serve as is.
Your kids’ favourite muffins turn into fun Valentine’s Day treats with this simple trick. Mix the muffin batter of your choice, then put cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Pour the muffin batter into each liner, filling only about halfway. Slide a marble between the liner and the muffin tin on one side, letting it rest about halfway down the cup. Bake, remove from the tin, and allow to cool. They’ll come out of their liners looking sweeter than ever.
Yogourt-covered fruit makes for healthy candy-like bites that are high in antioxidants and protein and that taste just as good as white chocolate. They’re great as a snack or even as a grab-and-go breakfast. Simply dip the berries into Greek yogourt to coat, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
Mini hand pies
Just like mini pop-tarts but minus the mystery ingredients, these little bites are big on flavour. Roll out some pre-made, refrigerated pastry dough on a working surface, and cut out shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. On half the number of hearts, place a dollop of jam in the centres. Place each remaining plain heart on top of a jam-spread one, pressing down the sides with a fork to seal. Bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Rice Krispie treat wands
This simple snack gives the traditional Rice Krispie square a fairy-tale twist. Make Rice Krispie treats as you normally would, and allow them to cool. Cut out each one using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Spear each heart onto a lollipop stick. Then cut a piece of Fruit to Go into slits, and tie a slit to each stick at the base of the heart to make a flowing ribbon.