The 5 Valentine's Day Sweets That Are Actually Good for Your Health
These Valentine’s Day treats are sweet without the guilty aftermath of added calories, carbs and fat.
1. Dark Chocolate
Instead of milk chocolate, opt for a bar of premium dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa. Dark chocolate has a deeper and richer flavor, plus it’s rich in antioxidants and contains far less fat and sugar than milk chocolate.
2. Strawberry Bonbons
Given their red color, heart shape and supposed aphrodisiac effect, no wonder strawberries were the symbol of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Strawberries are a great choice for Valentine’s Day because a full cup has only 46 calories, and they’re easy to dress up.
One idea: Whip up some strawberry bonbons by dipping your berries in Greek yogurt, then roll each in chopped pistachios and pop into the freezer.
3. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Almonds are elegant, nutrition-packed and good for your heart. Dress them up a bit with a coating of sweetened cinnamon and toast them in the oven.
Instead of a sugary mixed cocktail packing 500 calories or more, toast your love with a glass of red wine that has just 90 calories, zero fat and provides a healthy boost of antioxidants.
5. Fruit Kebabs
Take slices of apple, pear, pineapple, and kiwi and cut them into hearts using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Stack them on wooden skewers for a colorful, refreshing treat that’s sweet and super light.
Tip: To keep the apples and pears from browning soak them for a minute in a mixture of lemon juice and water.