When you think of Valentine's Day you may think of red, pink, or hearts. I think of chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Since Shane and I are making a big effort to make better choices when it comes to eating, I thought it would be a good idea to gather a bunch of ideas for snacks and desserts so that when the cravings for something sweet hits, we have options. Healthier options than an entire bag of Swedish Fish or an entire half gallon of ice cream (because we did that....on more than one occasion).
I used plain greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and organic granola. Be careful when buying granola. Some can have a TON of sugar in them even if they are all natural or organic. I need to get in the habit of making granola from scratch again. Homemade is the best! Another option would be to put plain toasted oats on the top instead of granola. Maybe even toast the oats with cinnamon on them.
Awhile back I posted about these "mousse" desserts. I had heard about using coconut milk to make whipping cream and then these were born. You can read all the instructions in the original post.
One was chocolate. YUM!
And one was strawberry flavored :)
I have seen recipes floating all over claiming to be healthy versions of Wendy's frosties so when Shane brought home a recipe he found online for us to try I was all over it. I have to say that I was not a big fan. I may be a tiny bit picky about things that are chocolate. My kids loved them. I WANT to like them. I was mentally prepared for them to be either the wrong flavor or the wrong texture. I would have been ok with one or the other but it was wrong on both. Maybe the recipe I have is wrong. I'll list what I used and if you know a better recipe PLEASE leave it in the comments. I love me some frosties!
¾ cup almond milk
15 ice cubes
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon cocoa powder
⅓ of a banana
Dana from This Silly Girl's Life suggested apple chips. Our family LOVES apple chips! I normally make them in the dehydrator but decided to try them using the oven like Dana does. To see her full instructions visit her post. I added cinnamon to mine. If you want your house to smell AMAZING make some of these! And if you cut them from the top to bottom then you get a heart shape which is perfect for Valentine's day!
I found this strawberry and banana "ice cream" on Skinny Mom. I have made fruit sorbet for years but I have never added bananas because I have never been a fan of bananas. I am trying to like them because they are in a ton of healthy recipes as a natural sweetener. So I gave this one a try. I added more strawberries than they did and it was super yummy! I didn't have to add honey or anything.
I make these in the summer but since it is currently almost 70 degrees here in Utah I thought I would add these blueberry bars as well. They are super easy to make!
I asked Shane to run to the store to get some granola for the parfaits I showed earlier. When I reached in the cabinet I saw this. I have never seen it before at the store but it looked good so I gave it a try. I loved it! I am not sure if it is a seasonal thing or not. The serving size is ¼ cup so I stuck to that and just ate slowly. That has been my biggest stumbling block...portion sizes! I have found eating slowly and measuring out the food helps a lot. Otherwise I reach my hand in the package and just mindlessly eat.
You could probably make this yourself. Dehydrate some berries and add dark chocolate baking chips to it. Sprinkle some cocoa powder in it as you mix too!
Other things we have done:
*Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate
*Fruit sorbet in a variety of flavors (orange, peach, pineapple, strawberry, and mixed berry) sweetened with honey if needed
*Small bowl of berries with coconut cream on top
Even though these thing are healthier options, you still need to be aware of portion size. Make sure you eat these sparingly :)
PLEASE share with me your favorite treats and dessert ideas in the comments below. I would love to hear what works for you. I have such a sweet tooth and I would love to have as many options as possible.
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