Make some Healthier Valentine Treats this year!

Valentine’s Day is usually a day where we exchange decadent candies and enjoy elaborate desserts with our sweetheart. But we don’t have to indulge in these rather unhealthy treats; there are quite a few healthy alternatives that are just as tasteful and romantic.

Show how much you care about that special person in your life by being concerned about their health. Here are healthier Valentine treats you can whip up in no time at all. They are sure to impress and of course taste and look fabulous.

Dipped Strawberries

Start with some large strawberries. Next melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and dip each strawberry in it. Lay the berries on a piece of wax paper to allow the chocolate to cool. For a fun finishing touch, melt some white chocolate as well and pour it into a pastry bag with a small tip. If you don’t have a pastry bag, pour the melted white chocolate into a zip lock bag. Cut one corner of the bag, making sure the opening is very small. Use this to drizzle a little bit of white chocolate in swirls back and forth over the chocolate dipped strawberry.

Serve them on a platter, or layer some tissue paper in a box and fill it with the hand-dipped strawberries. Of course the two of you should enjoy this healthy, yet chocolaty treat together. Not only are the berries healthy, but also using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate gives you additional health benefits.

Angle Food Cake and Berry Parfait

If you need a light dessert that looks impressive, how about making a angle food cake and berry parfait? Star with a low sugar angle food cake that you can purchase at your local grocery store. Even the regular version of angle food cake isn’t that bad for you if you can’t find a low sugar version. Cut it up into bite-size chunks. Wash a variety of fresh berries including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Any combination will work. If you can’t find fresh berries, pick up a bag of frozen berries and let them thaw out in your fridge for a day or two.

Next grab some pretty dessert glasses and add a few cake chunks to the bottom. Add a layer of berries, and then top them off with a layer of low-fat whipped topping. Continue to layer cake, berries and whipped topping until the glass is full. Top it off with some more whipped topping and a pretty berry.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake

If you are in the mood for chocolate cake, pick up your favorite, boxed devils food cake mix at the store. Prepare the batter according to the box directions, but replace the oil with an equal amount of applesauce to reduce the amount of fat in the cake. Pour the batter into a heart shaped baking pan and bake according to directions. Allow to cake to cool completely, and then decorate it with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Using powdered sugar, which by the way looks stunning on the dark cake, instead of adding frosting saves quite a few calories. You can decorate the cake even further by draping a few berries on top.

By Susanne Myers

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