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Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats for the Kids
By Christine Steendahl
Jan 28, 2009, 14:49

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means that its time to whip up some creative treats for you and the children. While Valentine’s Day is always associated with sweet treats such as chocolate and candy, you can prepare some tasty treats for the children while still keeping it on the healthy side.

Valentine’s Day Kabobs

One way you can let the little ones indulge in a special Valentine’s Day treat, without losing nutritional value is by making Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip. You can get red or pink plastic skewers and then fill them up with strawberries, cherries, watermelon and red seedless grapes. You can use a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter for the berries and watermelon to add to the festive look. Low-fat vanilla yogurt works well as a dip and strawberry yogurt would be ideal with your theme.

Here’s another nutritious treat idea for your favorite little Valentines. For breakfast on this special day, prepare heart shaped muffins. You won't need a special muffin pan either. Just fill your muffin liners with the batter and then press a piece of tin foil, rolled to 1/2inch thick between the muffin liner and the pan to shape the muffin liner into a heart.

Here’s one that’s a bit different:

Strawberry Roll-ups

You will need: 4 (6 inch) soft tortilla shells
Low-fat Strawberry cream cheese
4 T Strawberry jam
Spread the cream cheese evenly across each tortilla. Add 1 T of strawberry jam, spread down the center. Fold in the edges of the tortilla, about two inches. Now roll the tortilla up- jelly roll style. Slice into 2-inch bites for the perfect Valentines Day snack.

Mini- Fruit Smoothies for Valentine’s Day

Kids love fruit smoothies, so why not serve them on Valentine’s Day to show your little ones how much you appreciate them- in a nutritious, tasty way. They’re so simple to make, you’ll find yourself whipping up a batch even when it’s not a special day. Simply combine a blend of fruits in your blender, with a little fruit juice added for liquid. You can serve them in decorated Dixie cups for tiny hands and decorate them with cocktail umbrellas for a special touch.

In keeping with the theme of the day, use primarily red fruits and juice. Strawberries and raspberries are excellent choices and you can stir in bananas without changing the color scheme. Apple juice combines well with the berries for your liquid.
Jell-O Hearts- Without the Sugar and Dyes

Children love Jell-O, but as a Mom you worry about all that sugar and artificial coloring. Try this instead for a nutritious alternative:

Boil 1 cup of water, add ½ cup of grape juice and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Stir until dissolved. After it cools slightly, add another ½ cup of grape juice. Pour into heart shaped molds and refrigerate until firm. If you don’t have heart shaped molds, you can pour the gelatin mixture into a baking pan and then cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter after it is firm.

These treats will add some special touches to Valentine’s Day for you and your children. You can make them as a surprise or the little ones can partake in the fun!

Don’t miss our other feature Valentine articles including How to Prepare a Romantic Dinner at Home for Valentine’s Day: http://www.dinewithoutwhine.com/article-romantic-dinner-at-home.htm) and Say I Love You with Cookies

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