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Festive foods for Valentine’s Day

Get creative this Valentine’s Day by starting a tradition of serving red and pink foods to your kids and loved ones all day long.

Get in the holiday spirit!
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This year, wake the family up to a red-themed breakfast, followed by pink snacks and a red and pink dinner. Though some may say this is going a bit overboard, we’ve found a whole lot of red and pink foods that require little to no effort on your part. It’s a tradition the whole family will look forward to every Valentine’s Day and just another way to make the day a bit more special and loving.

pink smoothie

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Pink pancakes with strawberry compote

Put a little red dye in your favorite pancake recipe until it’s a light pink color. Cook pancakes according to directions and top with strawberry rhubarb compote and whipped cream. For kids, serve with a glass of strawberry milk or cranberry juice to really get in the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Fruit smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a healthy, nutritious midmorning or afternoon snack. Make sure to add extra strawberries, cherries, pomegranates or raspberries to ensure a rich, dark pink color.

Quick fact

Pomegranates help reduce plaque in your arteries and help lower blood pressure.

red velvet cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes with cream
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Grilled hot dogs or salmon

Get grillin’ for lunch with hot dogs and salmon! Serve the hot dogs with potato salad with a bit of red food coloring, and the salmon can be served with pink-colored rice. Pink lemonade for the kids; sangria or cosmopolitans for the adults!

Red velvet cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes are perfect for a Valentine’s Day afternoon snack or for the kids to take to school for their classmates. Top with the traditional cream cheese frosting and a pink or red heart in the center.


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Bruschetta and spaghetti

Dinner couldn’t be any easier — simple bruschetta (one loaf of sliced French bread topped with a mixture of tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and vinegar) and your favorite spaghetti recipe. Add some roasted red peppers on top if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Strawberry cheesecake

Nothing says “dessert” like a creamy, rich slice of strawberry cheesecake. We love these gluten-free cheesecake cups with strawberries, but if you’re in the mood for something a little richer, try this strawberry cheesecake dessert pizza recipe.

We planned the menu, but in case there’s an item or two you don’t care for, check out these other red and pink foods and drinks to use as substitutions:



  • Fruit punch
  • Pink Champagne/pink moscato
  • Red Kool-Aid
  • Cherry Coke

For the adults, check out these 5 fruity Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes >>

Tell us

What’s your favorite red or pink food? Share in the comments below!

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