By TMoM Team Member Anna Keller
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of the more minor holidays. I love how the pressure is off, and you can make them anything you want them to be. At our house, we have a special Valentine’s Day family breakfast where we give small gifts to the kids (who are 4 and 11 months). This year, they’re each getting a figurine for their Toniebox (it was a Christmas gift and has become an absolute favorite) and a book, and my 4-year-old daughter is also getting some nail polish. (I always got a pair of PJs for Valentine’s Day growing up, which was so fun, but neither of our kiddos need PJs right now, so we’re going a different route this year!)
If you’re looking for a healthy-yet-fun way to celebrate from a food perspective – even last minute – here are some festive, easy ways you can weave some Valentine’s Day deliciousness into your day when it comes to snacks, meals, or treats!:
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Let’s start with a delicious breakfast option, shall we? Anyone kiddo would enjoy starting their day with chocolate-packed pancakes, and you’ll be happy with the ingredients they include, too. Talk about a festive start to Valentine’s Day!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
With simple, healthy ingredients, this pudding is one you’ll feel good about both serving AND eating. Top it with some colorful sprinkles or a conversation heart to make it feel particularly Valentine’s Day appropriate!
Heart-Shaped Fruit Kabobs
This snack doesn’t necessarily need a recipe, as it just involves cutting some fruit into heart-shaped pieces and then adding those onto a skewer for a festive presentation in a snap. Great fruits to use include strawberries, watermelon, and honeydew!
Here’s one “recipe,” but feel free to go rouge with this one.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
With the strawberry component, these already look pretty Valentine’s Day appropriate, and you can take things up a notch by cutting them out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter!
Valentine’s Snack Mix
I have plans to make a version of this at our house on Valentine’s Day, because it sounds SO good. I know we’ll all enjoy it, and I like that it’s a bit of a different take on a treat – and a different take on a trail mix kind of snack, too!
Heart Beet Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl is as tasty as it is gorgeous, and your child can enjoy topping it with some special items, like perhaps some fruit sliced into heart-shaped pieces, some shredded coconut, and some mini chocolate chips!
Dark Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Move over, strawberries – there’s a new chocolate-dipped fruit in town! Even better, you’ll just need three ingredients and about five minutes to throw these delicious and healthy treats together.
Check out more recipes and fun food ideas from TMoM here!
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