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30 Awesome Date Ideas Under $30
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1. Valentine’s Day Egg in the Basket

How could you not start the day smiling with this Valentine’s-themed version of eggs in the basket? Plus an egg starts the day with six grams of filling protein. Use heart-healthy olive oil and whole grain bread to boost the benefits.

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2. Blood Orange Margaritas

Kick off Valentine’s cocktail hour right with some tart margaritas. These ruby-red drinks are made with fresh-squeezed citrus juice (vitamin C, holla!) and no added sugar.

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3. Almond Date Energy Bars

Got a Valentine’s Day crush? Surprise them with these almond-chocolate treats formed with dates. (Hint, hint!) Use special cookie cutters (or a steady hand and a sharp knife) to make them into heart shapes.

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4. Chocolate Cherry Bread

This sweet, yeasted bread is overloaded with cherries and chocolate chips, a classic V-Day duo that’s supercharged with antioxidants. (Stick to dark chocolate for maximum health benefits.) Slice off a hunk of this bread and pair it with a cup of tea for the perfect cozy afternoon snack.

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5. Sriracha Roasted Chili Sauce

Chocolate and sugar not exactly your scene (or your boo’s)? We got you covered. Nothing says “You’re smokin’ hot” like a jar of homemade spicy sauce. BYO mason jar.

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6. Heart Apple Sandwiches

Apples, peanut butter, granola, and chocolate chips—really what could be better? But the beauty of this recipe is you can riff on it in a thousand delicious directions. Sub in almond butter, coconut flakes, raisins, dried cranberries… You have our permission to go crazy with the “sandwich” fixings.

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7. Valentine’s Day Strawberry Love Muffins

Get the word out: Muffins can be healthy! And these sweet muffins are proof positive. They’re packed with nutritious ingredients like Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, coconut oil, and whole-wheat flour.

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8. Red Berry Celery Smoothie

If you and your S.O. are gonna hit that chocolate box hard, you can find a little balance by starting the day sipping on this healthy smoothie full of antioxidant-rich fruits. Berries and apple keep it sweet, and celery adds vitamin K.

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9. Healthy Valentine’s Day Cookies

In many houses, a holiday isn’t truly celebrated till the baking sheet comes out. This cookie recipe is full of healthy swaps: Whole-wheat flour, honey, and natural peanut butter take on the usual flour-sugar-fat mix. Plus wheat germ gives it a bump of vitamin E.

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10. Buckwheat Shortbread Hearts Dipped in Chocolate

Adorable, elegant, and secretly healthy, these shortbread hearts put Keebler to shame. With just six ingredients and no refined flour or sugar, these crispy cookies make an adult after-dinner treat.

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11. Heart-Shaped Bread

Forget being subtle. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a huge, red heart made of dough. And no need to rely on artificial colors; beets lend a romantic hue and stamina-boosting nitrates. (Check out these instructions for creating and shaping the dough.)

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12. Whiskey Sour Slush

A little bit sour, a little bit sweet, a little bit icy, and a little bit boozy, this frozen cocktail will prove you can bartend with the best of ’em. And, hey, if you’re going to go tippling, you may as well add in some healthy ingredients like lemon juice and cranberries.

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13. Fruit Chocolate Box

Consider this the meet-cute of desserts: Various fruits (strawberries, cherries, raspberries, banana, and orange) merge with dark chocolate. Sprinkle the dipped fruit generously with coconut flakes or chopped nuts. Once they’re dried, place them in a heart-shaped box and give to your Valentine.

Originally published February 2014. Updated February 2015.