Valentine’s Day is, aside from Halloween, probably the most hopped-up-on-sugar, hyperactive holiday for kids. Traditional foods for the day of love tend to include candy, cakes, and other sweet treats. But why not make this year a little different? Instead of making heart-shaped cookies, buying Sweethearts and chocolates, and contributing to our kids’ sugar addiction, consider serving healthy treats this year.
Check out these super easy, super delicious healthy treats for Valentine’s Day:
Cupid’s Arrow – Watermelon Hearts and Orange Arrows
Use a cookie cutter to cut out watermelon hearts, then stick a toothpick through them diagonally—like Cupid’s Arrow. Attach one semi-circle orange wedge on one end (flat side out) and a triangle wedge on the other side (pointy side out).
Heart-Shaped Fruit and Veggie Kabobs
You can also just simplify and go with heart-shaped fruit or vegetables—any variety that you can slice and press a cookie cutter into will do! Use long skewer sticks to attach three or four pieces together (this is a better idea for home, as skewer sticks are sharp).
Heart-Shaped Fruit Platter
Combine your favorite fruits for a fruit salad, and then display it on a heart-shaped platter. Try strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and kiwi for a tasty combination!
Use a cookie cutter to punch a heart shape into the skin of an apple. Carefully remove the heart. You can either sprinkle the exposed flesh with lemon juice to keep it from browning, or you can use a combination of green and red apples and swap hearts for a more eye-popping display.
You choose the sandwich—peanut butter and jelly, meat and cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, whatever. Then, just press a cookie cutter into it to make it heart shaped. These are the cutest little sandwiches you’ll ever see. For small sandwiches, you might want to use decorative toothpicks to hold them together.
Strawberry or Chocolate Milk
Serve up the kids’ favorite flavor of milk in a glass or jar wrapped in festive ribbon. Sweet, simple, perfect.