Valentine's Day is right behind Halloween on the unhealthy holidays list. All that chocolate and champagne isn't exactly low-cal. This year, whether you're celebrating with friends, family, or that special someone, treat loved ones to some delicious and lighter holiday fare. These healthy recipes — from cocktails to breakfast recipes to, yes, desserts — go way beyond oysters on the half-shell and red wine.
Valentine's Day Egg in the Basket via Reclaiming Provincial
Make someone's breakfast special with this holiday-themed version of eggs in the basket. Use heart-healthy olive oil and whole grain bread to make it a bit healthier.
Blood Orange Margaritas via Plum Pie
Start cocktail hour off right with some tart margaritas. These ruby-red drinks are made with fresh-squeezed citrus juice and no added sugar.
Rosa Parks' Featherlite Pancakes via Butter Than Toast
Surprise your V-Day date with these almond-chocolate treats sweetened with... wait for it... dates. Use special cookie cutters (or a steady hand and a sharp knife) to make them into heart shapes.
Chocolate Cherry Bread via Pastry Affair
This sweet, yeasted bread is loaded with cherries and chocolate chips (go with semisweet or dark chocolate for more antioxidants!). A slice of this bad boy and a cup of tea would makes a perfect afternoon snack or dessert.
Sriracha Roasted Chili Sauce via 84th and 3rd
Chocolate and sugar not exactly your scene (or your boo's)? Nothing says "You're smokin' hot" like a jar of homemade spicy sauce.
Heart Apple Sandwiches via Happy Together
Apples, peanut butter, granola, and chocolate chips — what could be better? Feel free to change up the ingredients. We think this would work equally well with almond butter, coconut flakes, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.
Valentine's Day Strawberry Love Muffins via Slim Pickin's Kitchen
These sweet muffins are packed with nutritious ingredients like Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, coconut oil, and whole-wheat flour. Start the day right with one for breakfast or snack on one to tide you over 'till dinner.
Red Berry Celery Smoothie via Wishful Chef
Before reaching for that box of chocolates, take a sip of this healthy smoothie full of fresh and frozen fruit and celery.
Healthy Valentine's Day Cookies via Chocolate & Carrots
In many houses, a holiday without sweet treats is hardly worth celebrating. This cookie recipe is lighter than most, with whole wheat flour, natural peanut butter, and wheat germ for an added nutritional boost.
Buckwheat Shortbread Hearts Dipped in Chocolate and Sesame via Kitchen Vignettes
These adorable, elegant hearts are practically a health food! With just six ingredients and no refined flour or sugar, these crispy cookies are the perfect after-dinner treat.
Heart-Shaped Bread via Bread in Five
Check out these instructions for shaping any red-hued beet bread dough into a heart! Nothing says "I love you" quite like a huge, red, heart-shaped piece of bread.
Whiskey Sour Slush via Make it Naked
A little bit sour, a little bit sweet, a little bit frozen, and a little bit (or a lot) boozy, this frozen beverage is a winner no matter your taste.
Fruit Chocolate Box via Making Nice in the Midwest
This is more of a dessert formula than a bona-fide recipe, but the idea was too cute to pass up. Dip pieces of fruit (strawberries, cherries, raspberries, banana chunks, and orange slices work well) in dark chocolate and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Once they're dried, place them in a heart-shaped candy box and share with someone special!
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