Don’t Miss These Healthy Valentines Day Recipes!

How will you show your child some extra love this Valentine’s Day? There are so many more ways to show your love besides buying a box of chocolates or giving candy. Think about what is important to your child. What would really make him or her feel loved? Perhaps spending some quality time together, just the two of you would mean the most to him. Maybe your child would feel extra special knowing exactly how you feel about her in hand written note. We have some healthy ways to start heart day and special natural sweet treats you and your family can make together in our latest Valentine’s Day cooking video. Share and let us know what you think of our creations!

Whole Wheat Heart Healthy Heart Toast

February is National Heart Month, but coincidentally is also one of the months we associate with candy, chocolate, and treats, which have been proven to increase risk of death and heart disease. What better way to show your love for yourself and your family than starting your day with a healthy breakfast, to balance the many many treats we find at school, work, and in the home that day. We also love that these healthy toasts include heart healthy omega-3 containing nuts and seeds. Omega-3 fats have been shown to increase the good cholesterol (HDL), which can help our heart function better and reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) keeping your heart stronger and fuller for healthier, happier days with your loved ones.

Ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat Toast
  • Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
  • Heart Healthy Berries (strawberries/ raspberries)
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Butter
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds

Cooking Utensils:

  • Large heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Toaster
  • Butter knife
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Toast bread
  • Cut out heart shape
  • Top with toppings of choice:
    • Cottage cheese, raspberries, walnuts, chia seeds
    • Sunflower butter, raspberries, hemp seeds

Happy Heart Strawberry Skewers

Fruits are nature’s candy! February is an especially important time to have alternatives for unhealthy treats available. In addition to being a beautiful, heart month fruit, strawberries are high in fiber and antioxidants, which can protect the heart. These heart shaped strawberry skewers are a great way to stay festive while minding your processed sugar intake, which kids, coworkers, and loved ones would definitely appreciate!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries

Cooking Utensils:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Skewers

Directions:

  • Remove strawberry stems
  • Cut a V in the top of the strawberry for a heart shape
  • Pierce with a skewer
  • Stack 3-6 strawberries per skewer, depending on the size of the skewer

Peanut Butter Filled Dates

Staying healthy can be especially challenging during holidays which celebrate being sweet and sharing conversation hearts, boxes of chocolates, and other treats. Giving into these temptations is less difficult if you have a healthy alternative. Dates are a perfect natural alternative to candy as they are naturally very sweet, but a great source of fiber and vitamins. Slice them open and fill them with your favorite unsweetened nut  or seed butter and top with a heart healthy seed of your choice for a protein-packed, chewy and crunchy sweet treat!

Ingredients:

  • Medjool dates
  • Unsweetened, peanut butter/ almond butter/ sunflower butter without hydrogenated oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds

Cooking Utensils:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon

Directions:

  • Remove pit from dates
  • Open up the date & fill with nut/seed butter
  • Sprinkle with heart healthy chia and/or hemp seeds
  • Enjoy as a dessert or snack

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