Valentine’s Day is approaching, and with it the temptation for sweets, treats, and all things decadent. While I’m a fan of decadence, in moderation, it’s gotten me in trouble in the past. I don’t know if you can relate to mindlessly eating everything in one of those giant Russell Stover heart shaped boxes within a matter of days..well, I can and it isn’t pretty. For those of you for whom the sweet side of the day isn’t a terrible temptation, enjoy a giant heart with my blessing. For others who, like me, would rather feed themselves and their loved ones something a little more healthy yet still tasty, I have a few recipes below to satisfy a sweet tooth and still tell your loved ones that you care.
Strawberry Heart Cinnamon Toast 1 serving
1 slice whole grain bread
1 tsp peanut or almond butter
1 tsp honey
sprinkle of cinnamon
To make the strawberry hearts: With the top still on, slice the strawberry vertically from top to bottom. Once it is sliced in half, make a small “V” shape to cut out the leaves. Once the “V” is cut, round out the top points to make it fully heart shaped. Then, slice the strawberry heart vertically again to make it thinner and gain another, smaller heart.
Toast the bread in the toaster. Spread the peanut butter on the toast. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the peanut butter. Cover with strawberry hearts. Drizzle with honey.
My kids like it just like this, but I like to toast it again in my toaster oven at 375° for 3-4 min.
Apple Pie Cups 12 servings
1 pack won ton wrappers
2 large apples, shredded or diced finely
2 Tbs melted coconut oil
2-3 Tbs honey or maple syrup (depending on how sweet you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (you can also add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, allspice, or cloves)
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl add diced apples, coconut oil, honey, spices and salt. Stir until well mixed. Set aside. In a well greased muffin tin place one won ton wrapper in each cup and push down to line the muffin cup, careful not to break it. Scoop the apple filling into each cup. Bake for 10 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let cool for a few minutes before carefully pulling each won ton out of the muffin tin.
Coco-Cocoa Fruit Smoothie 2 ten-twelve ounce servings
1 cup coconut milk (the full fat kind, preferably organic)
3 strawberries (plus a couple for decoration if desired)
2 Tbs protein powder* (I use a hemp powder to add protein and omega 3’s to my kid’s smoothies)
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1 Tbs honey or sweetener of choice (or to taste)
1 cup ice
Blend in blender until thick and creamy. Garnish with strawberry hearts if desired.
Check out the Team Beachbody website if you want more ideas for clean eating treats. I for one plan to make these chocolate Fudge Avocado Brownies on Sunday for my Valentine’s Day treat.