Simple, Fun, and Healthy Valentine’s Day Meals

healthy valentine's day

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Valentine’s Day is all about telling others we love them.  And what better way to show love to your family, especially your children, then with nourishing, delicious, heart healthy food?  Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean you have to resort to junk food.  There are many foods that will both treat your family and keep them healthy.

Try celebrating your Valentine’s Day with some of these kid-friendly/husband-friendly meals and desserts.

 

Breakfast

A great way to start the day is with plenty of protein, healthy fat, probiotics and complex carbohydrates. It’ll give you the energy you need to get you through your day without resorting to quick -me-ups like candy and coffee.

Smoothies and heart-shaped pancakes are a great choice for a themed Valentine’s Day breakfast!

Healthy (sweet)heart Smoothie:

  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen, thawed or fresh)
  • ¼ cup cherries (frozen, thawed or fresh)
  • ¼ avocado
  • 2 egg yolks (from pastured chickens only)
  • 1 cup yogurt, kefir and/or sour cream
  • 1-3 Tbsp. honey, to taste (or maple syrup)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

 Method of Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
pancakes
Pancakes are easy to make and many varieties can be made with ingredients you already have on hand:

(Strawberry topping for pancakes is easy to make by just mashing strawberries with a little honey until of a syrupy consistency.)

 

Lunch

What’s more fun for lunch than finger foods and milkshakes? Your kids (and you!) will love this red, heart themed lunch on Valentine’s Day. Pair your sandwiches with homemade fruit leather and red pepper slices.

Make a strawberry jam and nut butter sandwich (or any kind your child likes/tolerates). Cut it into a heart shape. Cut the scraps into bite size pieces for snacking, or into really small pieces to use as a topping for yogurt.

For an extra special treat, serve up a healthy milkshake!

Chocolate or Strawberry Milkshakes:

  •  1 cup milk (preferably raw) (kefir, sour cream or coconut milk can be used)
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries OR 2 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (you will need a little more for the chocolate shake)

Method of Preparation

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste.

 

Dinner

Dinner is a time for the whole family to sit down and share a meal, and these dinner ideas are healthy, tasty and fun.

1. Make whole wheat or sourdough pizza dough, split it into individual portions (before baking), shape them into hearts and add your favorite toppings.

2. Salmon cakes are a fun way to get kids to eat seafood and make sure they are getting plenty of heart healthy omega-3s. Add carrot or sweet potato fries and a vegetable and you’ve got a delicious dinner. (To make these easier for very small children to eat, form them into small balls and cook without flattening them – perfect finger food!)

 3. A classic – tomato soup and grilled cheese. You can even use your crockpot to make a healthy version. Pair it with a heart-shaped grilled cheese for a healthy dinner the whole family will love. Use the sandwich scraps for dipping!

 

Tomato Soup

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Dessert

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little treat? These desserts will satisfy without filling your body with junk. You can even make a “dessert” with no added sugars, so you can treat the whole family, even the littlest ones.

1. Peanut butter brownies (grain free) only take minutes to mix. Cut them into little hearts for an extra special treat.

2. Russian custard is one of my personal favorites (recipe below!). It only takes a few minutes to make, is full of nutrients and is slightly sweet. Mix in strawberries or raspberries for a Valentine’s treat. You can turn it into a breakfast, lunch or snack any other time. I mix in dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit and/or homemade granola. It’s a great way to get picky eaters to eat eggs.

Russian custard:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. honey

Method of Preparation

Mix eggs and honey with a hand mixer on high speed about 4-5 minutes, until yolks get thick and turn pale yellow/almost white. Put in 2 dishes and top with fruit, nuts or granola. This can be made in individual servings or in a larger batch for a whole family.

 

This next “dessert” is something I came up with while feeding my 8 month old and trying to get plenty of nourishing food in his diet. I found that it is quite a delicious treat! I add coconut oil, butter and egg yolk to fruit. Sometimes I add a little pureed veggie as well. You could even add probiotics and cod liver oil! So much good stuff, but it still tastes like a treat. The strawberries are a special add-in for Valentine’s Day.

Fruit Custard

  • ¼ cup homemade pearsauce or applesauce
  • 1 -2 tsp. strained strawberry puree (optional)
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 egg yolk

Optional:

  • 3 tsp. pureed pumpkin or squash
  • Probiotic powder
  • Cod liver oil

Method of Preparation

Place sauce, fruit and fat in a small glass dish. Warm in toaster oven just until the fat has melted. Stir to combine. Mix in egg yolk and any extras. Serves one child.

 

As you can see, it’s very easy to eat well and treat your family on a fun holiday like Valentine’s Day! If you’re looking for other recipes for sweet treats try either Kate’s ebook “Treat Yourself ” which contains many grain free recipes or Katie’s ebook “Smart Sweets “.

 

This post is linked to: Real Food Wednesday

Mary Voogt is a follower of Christ, a wife, and a mother of two. After 6 years as an electrical engineer she now stays home full time. She is passionate about real food and enjoys spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking from scratch. She blogs at Homemade Dutch Apple Pie on a variety of topics including digestive issues, OCD, anxiety, infertility, natural parenting and healthy food.