10 Healthy Valentines Day Treats!

Monday will be our THIRD Monday snow day in a row! Being a California girl, this month is particularly challenging for me here in good ol' New England! The piles of snow, frigid temps, and a house full of sick kids...It's a real party around here! So you can understand how I've had some time on my hands and am ready to have some fun with Valentines Day!

Don't call me scrooge, but I support non-food celebrations at school. Our school has done this, and I appreciate it. With birthdays, celebrations, and holidays, it seems like every other day can be a cupcake day at school. And you know what? Non-food celebrations are just as much fun for the kids. Let's save the special treats for less-often, more special, occasions! And make healthy treats at home!

I recently wrote an article on cooking with kids and made the observation that kids are often taught to bake but not cook. While I have nothing against baking with kids, cooking with kids is just as important and fun! Here are 10 fun ideas to get the kids in the kitchen this Valentines Day and create some healthy Valentines day treats! (Hint: heart shaped cookie cutters go a long way)!

1. Petite Nutrition Muffins - Have you tried our recipe? They are very healthy and kids looooove them! One reader told me she couldn't believe how her kids gobbled them up like candy!

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2. French toast hearts

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3. Peanut butter sandwich with smashed raspberries

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4. Roasted rosemary sweet potato hearts

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5. Heart shaped cheese and crackers

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6. Eggy heart toast

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7. Roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese heart floater

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8. Petite sliders with heart buns

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9. Avocado toast with heart radishes

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10. Put the kids to bed...Enjoy a glass of wine with your guy, and make Ina Garten's Tri-berry Crumble (from her latest cookbook, Make it Ahead). Yum!

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