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Healthy Valentine's Day Treats for Kids

Stressing over what snacks to make for your kids that are low in sugar and high on nutrition? Here are a few tricks.

Calling all Moms and Room Mothers. Stressing over what snacks to make for your kids that are low in sugar and high on nutrition? Here are a few tricks I learned over the years that help to keep your family happy and healthy.

Think Pink. For breakfast, try strawberry-flavored cream cheese on a slice of toast or a half bagel topped with sliced strawberries in the shape of hearts or fans.

If you are really creative, you can slice the strawberry standing on its end and notch out the middle section so that it looks like its own little heart shape on toast.  Or make a smiley face with the little red grapes cut in half and positioned on top.

Instead of a fattening milkshake, how about a yogurt smoothie with cherries or raspberries?  Blend one cup of yogurt and one cup of fresh or frozen red fruit, blend well and sprinkle with dark chocolate chips.

Think Red. For an afternoon snack, try low sugar or sugar-free Cranberry Jell-O cups.  My kids love Jell-O and we like to chop up some cranberries or raspberries, or red grapes, or finely-chopped celery – yes celery.

It absorbs the flavor of the liquid around it and gives the Jell-O a little bit of crunch, and then you can feel good about making sure they eat their veggies.

Seconds?  No problem!  You can also mix and match any combination of the above as a Jell-O cup addition. 

Instead of sugary cupcakes, try cornbread muffins with strawberry jam buried in the center. Follow the recipes from your favorite cornbread muffin recipe, but after filling the muffin tins about halfway full of batter, place a generous ½ teaspoon of red jam in the center, then top with the remaining batter and bake as instructed.  

Think Dark Chocolate. I know this isn’t pink or red, but all the latest reports that we are hearing from the medical community agree that a little dark chocolate can actually be good for you – so what could be more wonderful and healthy than strawberries dipped in dark chocolate?  

Think exotic. Surprise the kids with slices of blood oranges as an afternoon snack.  (You might want to give it a different fun name for the little ones).

Peter Langelaar February 12, 2011 at 08:57 AM
Do you want to know the whole story explained about chocolate? see this video : http://bit.ly/eQYsRO The chocolate must be unprocessed no sugars fats and fillers added the product is there and now also in 31 country’s . see this blog: http://xocohealth.goodchocolateblog.com The fats that are from nature inside the bean are even good ! And you can loose weight by eating chocolate…YES Great. read more here at this media site: http://myxocai.com/138182/obesity-the-world-s-1-health-problem You can even begin your own healthy chocolate biz. If you like the id contact me. Peter
JS February 12, 2011 at 03:49 PM
we like to make these Healthy Granola Bars...nutrient rich, no sugar, no butters http://virtuallyveganmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/heart-shaped-almond-coconut-granola.html
Pat Gabilondo February 13, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Thanks for the information, Peter. These are really interesting resources. So glad to hear that others are onboard with the health benefits of chocolate. Have you tried the XOCO yourself? How did it work for you?

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