valentine party

When you’re a kid, Valentine’s Day is pretty much all about the candy. And knowing that their little shoebox mailboxes will be filled to bursting with sugary treats, why not bring something a little healthier to class for the accompanying party?  Here are 20 simple ideas that will have your kids saying, “I love you(r treats)!”

  1. Heart-shaped fruit pops. Cut heart shapes out of melon, kiwi, pineapple, or any other firm fruits using a cookie cutter and put them on popsicle sticks. You could also do flower shapes for a DIY edible arrangement.
  2. Faux brownie bites. This recipe uses almonds, dates, cocoa powder and honey to make delectable little brownie balls. Flatten the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.  
  3. I thought these Valentine’s Day Love Bugs were just too cute for words!
  4. Clear plastic cups and a couple of these heart milk cubes will make plain milk a festive treat.
  5. These Valentine’s fruit stickers turn plain old bananas and apples into cute Valentines. (Buy these or make your own!)
  6. Make a banana split yogurt bar with pre-cut bananas, yogurt for ice cream, and bowls of toppings like dark chocolate shavings, crushed pineapple, sliced strawberries, granola, etc.
  7. Alternate cubes of (naturally fat-free) angel food cake with cut strawberries and blackberries for cake kebobs.
  8. These sweet potato cheese crackers would look super cute cut out as hearts! (And they’re healthier than their fishy counterparts.)
  9. Have food allergies to consider? These allergy-free rice krispy treats have most of the major allergies covered: they’re dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, gluten-free and soy-free. Need vegan? Look for vegan marshmallows at health food stores.
  10. Cut up some cherry tomatoes to look like hearts and serve with a fun dip. You could do the same with baby carrots.
  11. This blog will teach you how to make heart-shaped hard boiled eggs!
  12. Popcorn is always a big hit. Try some of these DIY flavors and skip the microwave bags. 
  13. Make individual heart-shaped pizzas by cutting hearts out of tortillas or pita bread. Provide sauce, shredded cheese and toppings (no need to cook—the kids won’t care!).
  14. These chocolate zucchini mini-cupcakes look so decadent, the kids won’t guess they’ve got veggies in.
  15. Make heart-shapped pita chips and serve with roasted red pepper or sun-dried tomato hummus—or beet hummus if you think you’ve got some adventurous kiddos!
  16. These heart-shaped blueberry bagels are absolutely to die for! You could also make traditional palmiers or use any kind of pastry dough and fillings you like.
  17. If you have a small enough gathering (or a big enough blender) smoothies are perfectly pink and fun for kids.
  18. Three words: Heart. Shaped. Sushi.
  19. Scoops of bright pink sherbet, sorbet, or fruit ice in sweet little paper cups would never go amis.
  20. Whole grain crackers with heart-shaped cheese slices are sure to be a big hit (or, cut little hearts out of the wax around Babybels as in the photo above).

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