Are you Ready for Valentine's Day?

 
Valentine's Day is just one day away.  Are you still deciding how to celebrate and spoil your loved ones?  Skip the candy and sweets!  There are many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day and still be healthy.  Here are some ideas to have a healthy Valentine's Day that you will feel good about!

  • Have a red fruits and veggies tasting party with your family.  There are many red fruits and veggies.  Choose a few of these foods and have your child taste them with some low fat dip or yogurt!
 
              Fruits                    Veggies         
             Strawberries                   Red Peppers        
             Grapes                   Beets         
             Watermelon                   Radishes         
              Raspberries                   Tomatoes         

  • Get a heart cookie cutter.  When making your child a sandwich, use a cookie cutter and cut it in the shape of a heart.  You can also cut some fruits and veggies in the shape of a heart too. 
  • Make a heart pizza. Use whole grain English muffins to make small pizzas for the kids and cut in the shape of a heart.  Kids can help prepare the pizzas with their favorite toppings.
  • Dipping party with fruits.  Choose some of your favorite fruits and have a dipping party with things like yogurt, peanut or other nut butter, or a small amount of chocolate.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about the sweets.  Try enjoying the night as a family and making a healthy treat, instead!

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