Healthy Valentine’s Day treats
The Day of Love is popularly celebrated as a day of dines, wines, and desserts, which can ultimately lead to a dreaded dietary disaster. Instead of thinking it’s time to break up with your nutritionist, personal trainer, measuring tape, and mirror, simply replace high-fat calorie-laden Valentines’ Day eats with these healthy Valentine’s Day treats.
Valentine's Day Light Tiramisu
- 1/3 cup skim-milk ricotta cheese
- 3 tablespoons Neufchatel
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder plus extra for dusting
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup nondairy whipped topping
- 1/4 cup brewed espresso
- 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
- 4 ladyfingers, coarsely broken
- In a food processor, combine ricotta, Neufchatel, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer cheese mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Fold in whipped topping.
- In a small bowl, stir together espresso and coffee-flavored liqueur.
- Spray 2 medium ramekins or dessert dishes with cooking spray. Place 1/4 of the ladyfingers in the bottom of each of the ramekins.
- Sprinkle ladyfingers with coffee mixture. Layer each with 1/4 of the ricotta mixture.
- Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, coffee mixture, and ricotta mixture.
- Dust with cocoa powder. Chill overnight.
Valentine's Day Blackberry Parfaitini
A sexy way to serve a skinny Valentine's Day dessert, this vanilla vodka-laced berry treat is layered in martini glasses.
- 2 cups fresh blackberries (or other berry of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla vodka
- Sprinkling of granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1-1/4 cups Greek honey-flavored yogurt
- 1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers
- Place berries and vodka in a small bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, gently toss, and set aside for 10 minutes.
- In a small skillet over medium-high heat, toast almonds, shaking skillet often, until almonds are just lightly browned. Remove from heat immediately and transfer to a paper towel to cool.
- Making thin layers, evenly divide yogurt, graham crackers, almonds and berries between 2 martini glasses. Chill for 1 hour.
Valentines' Day Spicy Broiled Fruit Skewers
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Pinch of ground cinnamon or more to taste
- Pinch of cayenne or more to taste
- 6 fresh strawberries
- 1/2 fresh mango, peeled, cubed into bite-sized pieces
- 8 bite-sized chunks of fresh or canned pineapple
- 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
- Preheat broiler and spray a small baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together honey or agave, sugar, lime juice, and spices. Add a bit more lime if mixture seems too thick.
- Thread fruit onto metal skewers in alternating fashion. Place on the baking sheet and broil until fruit starts to soften and lightly brown. Flip and broil until second side is lightly browned.
- Serve warm with Greek-style yogurt.