Valentine's Day is a close second, though.
For children, the day usually consists of adorable miniature cards and candy—lots and lots of candy. In an effort to make this day a little healthier for your child, we gathered five kid-friendly recipes.
We kept some of the beloved characteristics of this love-themed holiday and added a healthy twist. Leave it to heart-shaped cookie cutters to turn mundane recipes into cute creations Cupid himself would treasure.
Heart Shaped Fruit Kabobs1 of 6
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Popsicle sticks, strawberries and watermelon unite in this simple recipe. With just two ingredients this snack can be made in a snap.
Feel free to experiment with other fruits, vegetables and foods to create child-specific combinations. Melons, grapes and even cheese are some other great alternatives.
Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries2 of 6
Conventional chocolate-dipped strawberries are old news. Instead, try this recipe that fills the fruit with chocolate.
All you'll need to make this recipe is a pint of raspberries, milk or dark chocolate chips and coconut oil. Plus, since the chocolate is on the inside, these bite-sized goodies won't leave your child with dreaded messy hands.
Beet Dyed Potato Chips3 of 6
These potato chips are an excellent addition to your child's heart shaped PB & J you'll probably pack for lunch. Now that you have those heart shaped cookie cutters you might as well use them, right?
This recipe uses beet juice to give the chips their vibrant red color, and it can be made healthier by baking the chips instead of frying them. Also, try playing around with seasonings; salt and pepper are just two of the endless flavor options for this crunchy side dish.
Cupid Kabobs4 of 6
This classic salad recipe is made into the ideal Valentine's Day snack by cutting grape tomatoes into a heart shape and turning the mozzarella into Cupid's arrow.
If your child isn't a fan of fresh basil, try sneaking it in by serving pesto as dipping sauce. The traditional balsamic vinegar can either be drizzled on top or used as another tasty dip option.
Heart-Shaped Whole-Wheat Pancakes5 of 6
Nothing beats the smell of fresh pancakes on the griddle in the morning. Surprise your kids with a special breakfast with these heart-shaped pancakes.
Making them with whole wheat means these johnnycakes are filled with fiber. Plate pancakes on top of fresh strawberry syrup and your child will be full enough to turn down all the sugar-laden treats that will be thrown their way the rest of the day.