Healthy Valentine's Day Treats

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OSWEGO, Ill. - Jan. 19, 2018 - PRLog -- The holidays are a great time for gathering with family and friends. But something we don't think about is how many of the holidays we celebrate revolve around eating. More specifically, eating sugary treats and desserts. Making Valentine's Day the perfect excuse to fall off the bandwagon of healthy eating. Which most of us have jumped on after over indulging during the Christmas season. Don't make this Valentine's Day full of sugar and regret. Drop that box of chocolates and grab your heart shaped cookie cutters. Here are some healthier options for you and your loved ones to enjoy this Valentine's Day!

Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Wands

Ingredients:

-Watermelon

-Strawberries

Tools:

-Small heart shaped cookie cutter

-Paper straws or skewers

Directions:

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It is a simple as getting a small heart shaped cookie cutter and cutting out some 1/2-inch-thick watermelon. Then use a sharp paring knife to remove the stems off of some fresh strawberries. Layer the strawberries and watermelon onto skewers or cute paper straws. I love using the straws because they are safe enough even for small snackers. Recipe by www.afewshortcuts.com

Strawberry and Yogurt Bites

These bite-sized strawberry & yogurt bites are a sweet and delicious treat for Valentine's Day (or any day!). Let kids help mix the ingredients and fill molds for a fun activity. This recipe calls for plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a little honey, but any flavor or type of yogurt can be substituted.

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup chopped strawberries

-1 cup plain Greek yogurt

-2 tablespoons honey

Tools: heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray

Directions:Mix strawberries, yogurt and honey in bowl. Add to heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray. Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set. Recipe by www.produceforkids.com

Valentine's Day Snack Mix


This Valentine Snack Mix is a sweet treat that is just healthy enough that you can feel good about giving it to your kids.  A little chocolate never hurt anyone, right?  This snack mix would be perfect for bringing to a class party!

Ingredients:

-Kashi Heart to Heart cereal

-pretzel twists (they look like hearts!)

-dried cherries

-cherry chocolate yogurt covered raisins

-vanilla yogurt covered raisins

-chocolate chips


Directions:

All you have to do is throw it together in a bowl!  Snack mixes are always better when they're dished up in a cute paper cup. Recipe by www.cuttingtinybites.com

Heart-Shaped Homemade Pepperoni Pizzas

Personal pan pizzas are so fun for kids to help prepare. Even more so when you form them into hearts for Valentine's Day. Heart-shaped pizza crusts, heart-healthy homemade pizza sauce, and heart-shaped pepperoni – awesome!

Ingredients:

-For the Homemade Pizza sauce:

-6 oz. tomato paste

-1 cup crushed tomatoes

-1 tbsp. olive oil

-2 tsp dried Italian seasoning

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/8 tsp black pepper

-1/2 tsp granulated sugar

-For the Pizzas:

-1 lb. of your favorite pizza dough

-Fresh mozzarella cheese, grated – about 8 oz

-All-natural pepperoni slices

-Homemade Pizza Sauce

Tools:

-1″ heart cookie cutter

-4 1/2″ – 6″ heart cookie cutter

-Pizza stone or cookie sheet

-Flour for dusting

-Parchment paper

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F (or 500 if that is the highest your oven goes). Place a pizza stone or large, rectangular cookie sheet on the top middle rack during the preheat.

Step 2: Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and sugar to a medium-sized sauce pan.

Tip: If you don't have crushed tomatoes, you can puree a can of diced tomatoes in a small food processor or blender.

Step 3: Whisk the ingredients to combine and cook over medium heat until it begins to sputter. Then turn to low and let simmer while you prepare the pizza crusts, pepperoni, and cheese.

Step 4: Use the small cookie cutter to cut out hearts from the pepperoni slices and set aside. I like to use the heart cutouts and the slices with heart "windows" in them so there is no waste. Set aside.

Step 5: Roll out a piece of parchment paper large enough to roll the pizza dough out on (plus a little extra). Lightly dust with flour. Add the pizza dough, dusting the top lightly with flour, and pat it into a flat round.

Step 6: Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ to 1/8″ thickness (depending on your crust preference). Using the large cookie cutter, cut out 4-6 individual-sized pizza crusts from the dough.

Step 7: Remove the scraps from around the pizzas and re-roll to form additional crusts. You can also form breadsticks for dipping in sauce with the scrap dough, or store it in the refrigerator for later use.

Step 8: Spread 1-2 tablespoons of sauce on top of each crust. Then sprinkle with cheese and top with pepperoni.

Step 9: Transfer the entire sheet of parchment with the crusts on it onto your pizza stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 550 degrees F for 5-10 minutes. Extra sauce will store well in an airtight container refrigerated for up to a week, or a month in the freezer. Recipe by www.makezine.com

Instead of prying your kids off the walls this Valentine's Day; you can spend your day making these healthy holiday treats. They will have so much fun in the kitchen with you they won't even miss all the candy and chocolate. You might even have time to get them to bed early and enjoy a little Valentine's Day for yourself! Happy Valentine's Day from Temple Display. www.templedisplay.com Your Source for commercial Christmas Decorations! 1-800-722-2501

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