Aside from all the lovey dovey stuff, Valentine’s Day is the day where people devour many treats and a bunch of chocolate. A little piece of chocolate may not look like much, but after eating about 10 pieces, they start to add up… If you’re looking to eat some healthier treats, check out some of these alternatives!
Let’s start off with a simple recipe. We’ve all heard of chocolate covered strawberries and we all know that they are quite delicious. However, it isn’t the healthiest choice. Instead of eating chocolate covered strawberries, try munching on a healthier alternative…
>>Greek Yogurt Covered Strawberries–
This treat is perfect for snacking throughout the day. Enjoy the outer, high-protein yogurt coating and the inner sweetness of the strawberry. Making greek yogurt is just as easy as making chocolate covered strawberries. Just follow these simple steps:
- Pick your favorite low-fat/fat-free greek yogurt
- Coat your strawberries with the greek yogurt
- Put the coated strawberries in the freezer and wait
- Munch on your delicious, healthy snack
These next three are a bit more complicated, but it’s totally worth it!
>>Low Carb Chocolate Banana Pudding-
Don’t worry, you can still get your chocolate fix for the day without all the carbs! Remove the pit and skin of the avocado and peel the bananas. Add them to the blender along with the cocoa powder, and honey. Blend them and add milk until you get your preferred consistency.
Ingredients: 2 servings
-0.25 cups of cocoa powder
-0-0.25 cups of milk
-1-2 tbsp of honey
>>Strawberry Banana French Toast Casserole-
Now here is something nutritious that I’ve tried out on pinterest. It is quite delicious and is full of fruit, whole grains, and even has a bit of protein.
Ingredients: (enough for 2-3 servings)
-4 Slices of whole wheat bread. (cut into cubes)
-1 Banana, (mashed)
-6 Strawberries (diced)
-1/2 cup of milk. (Whichever you prefer)
-1.5 tsp of Vanilla extract
-0.25 tsp cinnamon
Optional: natural peanut butter- once everything has baked. you can spread some peanut butter on top for some extra protein and healthy fats.
1)Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
2) Mix ingredients 2-7 in a bowl.
3)Spray your baking dish with some Pam and place your diced bread inside.
4)Pour the mixture and make sure the bread is evenly coated.
5)Bake it for about 25 minutes.
6)Now enjoy! If you want to be romantic, you can cut up some heart shaped strawberries and place them on top. 😉
>>Heart Shaped Protein Bars-
If any of you have protein powder, this is the recipe for you.
-7 scoops of protein powder (about 210g)
-0.5 cups of uncooked oats
-about 0.5 cups of milk (whichever type you prefer) (you may need to use more or less depending on the milk)
-50g of natural peanut butter
-50g of honey
-Cocoa powder (optional) This will enhance the flavor of the bar if the protein powder is chocolate-flavored.
1. Pour all the ingredients in a bowl. (except for milk)
2. Add enough milk to wet the ingredients (you may not have to use all of the milk)
3. Mix the ingredients. (it should be very hard to mix, so use your hands. it’s much easier, I promise)
4. Make the heart shapes w/ a cookie cutter if you desire to do so
5. Place them in a pan
6. Place pan in the fridge for about 40 minutes