A Fun-Filled Valentine's Day


Valentine's Day is about celebrating the ones you love.  It doesn't have to be all about chocolates and candy.  Let us help you plan a Valentine's Day that your kids will love!  There are many fun activities that your family can do to enjoy Valentine's Day together without spending a lot of money or eating a lot of sugary treats.  Try these healthy ideas this weekend!
  • Leave your child yummy fruit with a cute love-note attached.  Some samples include:
    • Banana -- "I'm bananas about you!"
    • Pear -- " You are pear'fect to me!"
    • Apple -- "You are the apple of my eye!"
    • Grapes -- "I like you bunches!"
    • Orange -- "Orange you great!"
  • Have a red foods tasting and see which food your child likes best.  Some red foods to try include:
Red Fruits and Veggies
Red bell pepper
Grape tomato
Strawberry
Blood orange
Cherries
Apple
Red potato
100% cranberry juice
Red grapes
Pomegranate

  • Focus on the heart and get it beating with these physical activity ideas:
    • Hide the heart!   Cut out a paper heart and let your children take turns hiding it in the house and everyone else will look for it.
    • Valentine's day card activity --  With the leftover Valentine's day cards, write a physical activity on each like 10 jumping jacks, 20 hops in place, or 15 toe touches.  Let the kids choose a card and everyone do the physical activity.
    • Get the heart beating -- Choose ways to get your child's heart beating like having them walk backwards, do a bear walk, skip, or walk like a crab.
  • Make a healthy dessert!  Our Red Berry Parfait is a healthy dessert that your family will love to make together.  Kids can help wash the strawberries, mix ingredients together and put them into clear plastic cups.  Below are step by step instructions on how to prepare them!

Red Berry Parfait
Serves 4

Ingredients
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, part skim milk
1 small container (6 oz.) low-fat vanilla yogurt
16 oz. fresh raspberries or strawberries, washed
Chopped nuts, optional


Directions
  1. Wash and slice strawberries.
  2. Place yogurt and ricotta cheese in small bowl.  Mix until smooth.
  3. Set out clear plastic cups.  In cup, place 2 Tablespoons berries; add 1/4 of the ricotta mixture, then add another 2 Tablespoons of berries. 
  4. Garnish with chopped nuts, if desired.

Gather all of your ingredients

Wash the strawberries

Slice the strawberries and place into a bowl

Add small container of yogurt to bowl


Measure 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese and add to yogurt

Mix ricotta and yogurt until smooth

Add 2 Tablespoons of strawberries to the plastic cup



Add the ricotta and yogurt mixture on top of the strawberries


Top with another 2 Tablespoons of strawberries


Enjoy!
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