05 Feb 2016

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Fun and Healthy Valentines Treats!

Need to make your Valentines party treats healthy but yet still make them fun to eat? Try these creative names and appealing dishes for a start!

Art for the Heart Apples: Carve a little picture into the skin of an apple and douse with lemon juice to keep from browning.

Berry Good Yogurt parfaits: Mix up some yummy berries, and layer with granola and plain yogurt for a yummy treat.

You Got Heart High-fiber cereal: Make this a treat by serving it in a creative way, like out of a cone or small box. Mix with dried cranberries or raisins for a little more interest. Quaker just came out with a cereal, Whole Hearts, shaped like hearts that is packed with fiber and protein; it makes for a great little snack food addition to the dessert table.

Perfect Pair – Combine sliced red apples and heart-shaped cheese on a pink tray.

Heart-Shaped Jam Sandwiches – Spread strawberry jam on one whole-grain bread slice and peanut butter (check for food allergies) or low-fat cream cheese on the other. Cut out with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Valentine Fruit Bouquet – Using red or pink plastic skewers, alternate watermelon cubes, strawberries, cherries and red seedless grapes. Add a low-fat vanilla or berry yogurt for dipping!

Eat Your Heart Out Popcorn – Fresh popped popcorn lightly kissed with cinnamon sugar is special.

Cupid’s Love Potion – Blend up a simple fruit smoothie using primarily red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. Mix in bananas and use apple juice as needed.

Sweetheart Pinwheels – 4 (6 inch) soft whole-grain tortilla shells, low-fat strawberry cream cheese, 4 Tbsp. strawberry jam. Spread cream cheese to the edge of each tortilla. Spread 1 Tbsp. of strawberry jam just down the center. Roll the tortilla up so that the strawberry jam runs
the length of the roll. Chill in refrigerator for 50-60 min. When ready to serve, slice across the roll into 1-inch bites so they look like a pinwheel.

Cutie Pie Platter – Nestle low-fat strawberry yogurt in the center of a festive platter of fresh fruit for dipping. Arrange red fruits – strawberries, red grapes, raspberries, cherries – white fruits – bananas, peeled pear and apple slices dipped in orange juice to prevent browning.

Tiny Treat Bags – Tie snack or sandwich size plastic bags with a red or pink ribbon. Add together one of these combinations:

• Craisins®, almonds and pecans
• Dried cherries, almonds and dried banana
• Dried apples, peanuts and walnuts

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