By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Want Valentine's sweets and Valentine treats that are healthy? Embrace these healthy Valentine treats and Valentine snacks. Hello, tasty Valentine's Day treats!
Love Valentine's Day sweets? You're not alone! Take a look at the best Valentine's chocolate, Valentine's Day dessert recipes, Valentine snacks, and more. The best part: These ideas are all healthy-ish!
Excited for Valentine's Day? Make a meal that's good for your heart health, and learn how to truly savor that glass of wine. And did we mention healthy dessert?
Are you daydreaming of a chocolate-covered strawberry yet?
Embrace Healthy Valentine's Sweets
Valentine's Day is the ultimate holiday for celebrating your loved ones *and* your sweet tooth.
From the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate truffles that show up on your doorstep in the morning (one could dream!) to the rich molten lava cakes you split with your partner or friend over dinner, the Valentine's day sweets seem to never end on February 14.
And while that's all fine and dandy for your tastebuds, your body might not feel its best after a long day of attacking every sugary bite in sight. Wish you had a cheat sheet of healthy Valentine's treats?
To help you celebrate the holiday and your S.O. (or your gal pals) without a sugar crash this year, I'm sharing fun ways to make the dessert portion of your day a tad bit healthier. You'll get a dozen nutritious-yet-delicious dessert ideas to make for your V-Day date, plus a bite-sized treat that will soothe your sugar cravings in just one serving.
But first, I'm giving the inside scoop on the holiday's most beloved sweet: chocolate Valentine's gifts. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
FYI About Valentine's Treats
I'm a big fan of Valentine's Day. My boyfriend and I usually stay in for the holiday (he cooks!), so I'm excited to eat whatever he creates.
Whether you're staying in like us or going out — and celebrating with your significant other, friends, or by yourself — I have tips that will help you have a delicious, yet mindful holiday. For starters, how about a healthier chocolate?
Many of us like to use Valentine's Day as an excuse to eat as much chocolate as possible. (Oh, and the week after the holiday—can't pass up those candy sales on Valentine chocolate hearts and more!) But do you really know what you're munching on? And what's the best chocolate for Valentine's Day?
I share some under-the-radar facts about chocolate, as well as how to upgrade it's good-for-you qualities, in this Openfit article. And yes, I'm telling you which kind of chocolate to choose for the most satisfaction and the smallest sugar crash! Hello, healthy Valentine's treats!
Hello, Healthy Valentine's Day Treats
If you're trying your best to stick to not overdo it this Valentine's Day, you don't have to skip on the sweets entirely. In my article for The Healthy, I rounded up the most delicious low-sugar desserts to celebrate with. Each and every pick would make a terrific option for your Valentine's Day treats.
You're not going to believe #6 is free of added sugar and just as gooey as the original! Enjoy these Valentine's Day sweets. And hey, if you're looking for something portion controlled but on the sweeter side, miniature cakes are great.
Here are a few more ideas for healthier Valentine's treats:
- strawberries and whipped cream
- white chocolate covered raspberries
- pineapple and whipped cream cheese
- fresh fruit and ice cream
- a small handful of conversation hearts
- a small portion of chocolate cake
- red velvet cupcake
- vegan chocolate chip cookie dough
- chocolate ganache
- small heart-shaped cookies
- fresh raspberry sorbet
Amy's Valentine's Day Recipe to Try
Make this dessert: Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cups!