Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about roses and boxes of chocolate. You can surprise your girlfriend with some healthy Valentine’s snacks this year that are not only good for him or her, but also delicious. Here are five healthy snack ideas that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate dipped strawberries
Combine ripe strawberries with dark chocolate for a healthy, but surrendering Valentine snapper. Start with large, ripe strawberries. Melt some dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Dip the strawberries halfway into the dark chocolate. Drain excess chocolate, then place on some wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden.
Heart shaped grilled cheese sandwich
For these sweet grilled cheese sandwiches, layer a piece of low fat cheese between two slices of wheat bread. Use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut a sandwich into a heart. Spray a hot pot with a non-stick cooking spray and add the sandwich. Grill it until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted. These sandwiches are a perfect snack on their own, or serve them with a cup of tomato soup for a light lunch.
This snack also makes an attractive appetizer. Start by washing some grapes or cherry tomatoes and cut some low-fat mozzarella cheese into cubes. Thread them on some kabob sticks, alternating tomatoes and cheese. Place the “arrows” on a platter and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to finish. Even the cupid couldn’t resist this Mediterranean-inspired snack.
This very berry and pink smoothie makes for a lovely dinner snack or even a filling breakfast. Start by adding some low-fat strawberry to your blender. Throw in some frozen berries (we like strawberries) and a frozen banana if you like. Add a little orange juice and mix on high until well blended. Pour the smoothie into high glasses and top with a slightly low-calorie whipped topping, a strawberry and a Hershey’s kiss.
These jello hearts are always a favorite of the children. Prepare a package of strawberry yellow according to the package’s instructions. If you like, you can fold a few finely chopped strawberries at the end. Pour the jello mixture into a baking sheet and allow to harden. Use heart shaped cookie cutters to cut hearts out of the red yellow mixture. Top each heart with half a strawberry (cut lengthwise).