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Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats For Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to whip up some creative treats for you and the kids. While Valentine’s Day is always associated with sweets such as chocolate and candy, you can create something for the kids while still keeping it healthy.

Valentine’s Day Kabob

One way you can let the kids make Valentine’s Day special, without losing the nutrition is by making Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip. You can buy red or pink skewers and then load them with strawberries, cherries, oranges and red fruits. You can use a small heart shaped cookie cutter for fruit and nuts to add to the look. Low-fat vanilla yogurt works well as a dip and strawberry yogurt will be perfect for your main.

Here’s another great treat idea for your favorite little Valentines. For breakfast on this special day, make heart-shaped muffins. You won’t need a special muffin pan either. Just fill your muffin liner with the batter and then press a piece of baking paper, roll to 1/2 inch thickness of the muffin liner and pan to form the muffin liner into a heart.

Here’s a slightly different one:

Strawberry Roll-ups

You will need: 4 (6 inch) soft tortilla shells

Low-fat Strawberry cream cheese



4 T strawberry jam

Spread the cheese evenly across each tortilla. Add 1 T of strawberry jam, spread in the center. Fold in the edges of the tortilla, about two inches. Now roll the tortilla up- jelly roll style. Cut into 2-inch bites for the perfect Valentines snack.

Mini-Fruit Smoothies for Valentine’s Day

Kids love fruit smoothies, so why not make it a Valentine’s Day activity to show your kids how much you appreciate them – in a healthy, tasty way. They are so easy to make, you will find yourself in a group even if it is not a special day. Simply put the fruit mixture in your washing machine, with a small amount of fruit juice added to the liquid. You can serve them in decorated Dixie cups for little hands and embellish them with cocktail umbrellas for a special touch.

In keeping with the theme of the day, use mostly red fruits and juices. Strawberries and raspberries are the best choices and you can mix in bananas without changing the color. Juice goes well with berries for your juice.

Jell-O Hearts- No Sugar and Dyes

Kids love Jell-O, but as a Mom you’re sad about all the sugar and coloring. Try this alternative to healthy food choices:

Boil 1 cup of water, add ½ cup of juice and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Stir until dissolved. After it cools down a bit, add ½ cup of apple juice. Pour into a heart-shaped mold and refrigerate until frozen. If you don’t have a heart-shaped mold, you can pour the gelatin mixture into a baking pan and cut out the heart with a cookie cutter after it is firm.

These foods will add something special to Valentine’s Day for you and your kids. You can surprise them or the kids can join in on the fun!

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