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The Greatist Table: 10 Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes from Around the Web
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.
Pink Cauliflower Soup via Healthy Happy Life This pureed soup gets its warm 'n' fuzzy light pink color naturally — from a head of purple cauliflower, apple cider vinegar, and a bit of pink salt.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Oatmeal Pops via Anders Ruff These healthier sweets are basically oatmeal raisin cookies without the raisins and shaped using heart cookie cutters. The recipe calls for red dye to give the cookies a pinkish tinge, but feel free to go au naturel.
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