It will be love at first sight when you surprise the kids with these fun Valentine’s Day treats and eats.
Mini doughnut towers
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Surprise the kids after school with a tower of love — stacked mini doughnuts, complete with a striped paper straw and washi tape flag. Don’t forget a side of strawberries!
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Fluffy waffles look extra sweet stacked on a mini pedestal cake stand and topped with fresh whipped cream and berries. Buy a heart waffle maker and profess your love with waffles all year long.
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Skip the food coloring and “pink” your drink the old-fashioned way — with strawberries. This strawberry almond smoothie recipe would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day breakfast.
Gluten-free? Try Love Grain Pancake + Waffle Mix, made with teff, an ancient grain with a mild nutty flavor that’s rich in calcium, protein and fiber.
Red beet and
white bean hummus
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Smooth and creamy, this hummus dip gets its brilliant color from a roasted beet. Serve with pita chips and veggies and watch the kids gobble it up.
cheddar heart crackers
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These healthy crackers get their orange color from extra-sharp cheddar and sweet potato purée.
milk ice cubes
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Use cookie cutters and toothpick flags to turn a ho-hum ham and cheese sandwich into something special. This one was made with a FunBites hearts cutter.
Valentine fruit leather
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They’re red. They’re sweet. They’re fun to eat. We can’t think of a kid who wouldn’t want to open his lunch box to find homemade strawberry-peach fruit leather. The ingredients? Fruit and agave nectar — that’s it.
Puppy love hot dog hearts
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Play Cupid and serve your valentines a fun little hot dog heart. Simply cut the ends from a hot dog on the diagonal, spear with a piece of uncooked linguini and add cheese bits to form the ends of an arrow.
Valentine’s Day pizza
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Add a little love to your store-bought pie with heart-shaped pepperoni. Pick up a package of sliced pepperoni and use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Top the pizza with “meat hearts” before baking.
Heart fruit salad
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Use two sizes of cookie cutters to stamp out watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple fruit hearts. Serve with toothpicks and individual yogurt or chocolate dips for a fun snack or dessert.
Valentine family fondue
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If your kids like to dip, they’ll love celebrating Valentine’s Day with a family fondue night. Start off with cheese fondue served with a variety of meats, veggies and ravioli. Follow up with chocolate-dipped fruits, nuts and sweet treats.
Sweet heart krispie treats
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Heart cookie cutters and a touch of food coloring turn Rice Krispies and marshmallows into an extra-special Valentine’s Day treat.