What comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day?
Does you think of big, heart-shaped boxes of sugary chocolates?
Or artificially-colored heart-shaped candy confections?
Most of us associate this holiday with chocolate indulgence.
But there is a healthier way to celebrate this heart-centered holiday.
Show your sweetie some love with healthy Vegan Valentine’s Day party treats!
What better way to show your love for your loved ones than with delicious yet healthy treats?
Serve these to your sweetie or your Valentine’s Day party guests to show you really love
Heart Themed Treats
* Healthy Hearts
Valentine’s Day is a heart-themed holiday.
Think of heart-healthy foods and serve those as snacks.
For example, heart-healthy seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds and almonds can be served
in pretty muffin papers or heart-shaped containers.
Make heart-shaped bran muffins, or arrange sliced strawberries in a heart on top of a bowl
* Sweetheart Cookies and Sandwiches
Your sweetheart will love a treat of heart-shaped, homemade, gluten-free or whole
Or using a cookie cutter, cut whole wheat bread into heart shapes.
Make sandwiches with whatever healthy filling you like – the heart shape makes it festive.
For an extra touch, put a decorative red toothpick through each sandwich.
* Heart-y chips and salsa
Cut whole wheat tortillas into heart shapes.
Brush them with olive oil, sprinkle them with salt, and then bake them at 425 degrees F
until crisp (about 8 minutes).
Serve these with red, tomato-y salsa or other seasonal dip.
* Chocolate Strawberry Roses
Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of some fresh strawberries.
Dip them into dark chocolate (dark chocolate, at least 60% cocoa, is considered healthful).
When the chocolate is cool, arrange the strawberries in a vase or other container.
* Juicy Red Fruits and Kabobs
Nature provides a lot of red fruits that look pretty on a skewer.
Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and even cut-up red apples can all be put on
a skewer and enjoyed by young and old alike.
Serve with a fruit dip if you like.
* Watermelon Hearts
Naturally red, watermelon is great for cutting into shapes.
Cut heart shapes for a healthy treat.
Focusing on the heart means healthy foods.
Chocolate, whole grains, and other foods mentioned above are not only festive; they are
good for the heart.
Go Red with Delicious Drinks
Show your love with fresh, healthy, homemade red beverages such as:
*Hot and Spicy Tomato Juice
*Cranberry Pomegranate Punch
*Cherry, Grape and Apple Juice
*Strawberry, Cherry, Goji Berry Smoothie
*Bloody Mary Smoothie
*Fruity Red Sangria
*Cranberry Cherry Fruit Infused Water
*Rose Hips Hibiscus Tea Cooler
*Beet Pineapple Apple Ginger Cocktail
Share the Love with Veggies & Snacks
Wow your loved ones and party guests with a tasty selection of red sauces, dips,
soups, entrees and veggies such as:
* Cherry Tomato Kabobs
*Roasted Red Tomato Soup
*Spicy Red Vegetarian Chili
*Red Pepper Hummus
More Luscious Love Bites!
Enjoy these delectable Valentine’s Day recipes and ideas from some of my favorite spots across the web:
And if you really want to make this Valentine’s Day green and special, you’ll love these:
Whatever you do, have a healthy, happy Valentine’s Day!
So what’s on your menu for Valentine’s Day?
Share your plans and suggestions with us.