You could eat an entire box of Valentine’s chocolates in a day.
I feel your pain. You probably do not want to core an apple in cute heart shapes this Valentine’s Day.
So, here are some healthy holiday treats that are guilt-free indulgences, usually under 100 calories.
Nibble on one chocolate truffle. Slowly. Savor every tiny bite. Make it dark chocolate and it’ll be heart-healthy. But you must stop at one.
Cold weather is perfect for mulled wine. Have a cup. It’s so festive for winter! Williams-Sonoma has mulling spices but you don’t have to use theirs. Make your own or find the spices elsewhere.
Don’t drink? A cup of sugar-free hot chocolate from any brand on the grocery shelf is not much of a sin at all. Hardly any calories, even if you pop a few mini-marshmallows on top. You’re past a few when you get to seven.
Dip two strawberries in semi-dark dipping chocolate from your grocery’s baking area. Make them the biggest, plumpest strawberries you can find. Or this recipe for chocolate dipped fruit on a stick.
If you have a heart-shaped mini cookie cutter, make heart-shaped brownie bites. Once you have your baked brownies, use the cutter to make cute hearts. Roll the leftover brownie scraps into balls and freeze them. When you feel the urge to sin, take a couple out of the freezer, thaw and enjoy.
Kids or grandkids might love a home-made trail mix with heart-shaped cereal. Kashi makes one. Add almonds and dried cranberries or whatever you like. Don’t serve to small kids who might choke.
And a collection of heart-healthy recipes for Valentine’s Day on Pinterest here.
If you’ve got a recipe or an idea for healthy holiday treats, share in the Comments. Thank you!