Valentines Day is a great opportunity to start getting your children involved in the kitchen and help in the preparing of meals and snacks. Their future relationship with food and habits start now so lets make it fun and healthy! Today we can begin with some simple, easy homemade snacks for Valentine’s Day!
I also love the idea of non-sweet treats to hand out in your child’s class like coloring and sticker books or playdoh. Don’t worry, they will get plenty of sweets that day! I got all of my ingredients, supplies, and non-sweet treats at my local Target.
The recipes I chose have lots of fruit because my children LOVE fruit. You can alternatively use vegetables in their place; cucumber, zucchini, yellow squash and tomato would all work too. Speaking of fruit, check out this adorable & easy idea for class treats!
Yummy & Healthy Valentine Snacks
What You’ll Need:
- Colored O’s Fruit Cereal
- Whole Wheat Toast
- Vanilla Yogurt
- *Pipe Cleaners
- *Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters in various sizes
- *Valentines drink stirs/straws
Cereal Heart Bracelets
My daughter loved this craft snack the most! Shape your pipe cleaners, into a heart shape, leaving the end of the heart open to insert the cereal. I like to buy the Publix Greenwise Confetti O’s as they are made with organic wheat and corn and are colored with things like radish juice, which makes me feel a little better about it. Alternatively you can just use a plain O’s cereal.
Use a small heart shape cookie cutter and cut out hearts from a cored and peeled avocado. Place hearts on top of whole wheat toast and add some crunchy salt and cracked pepper on top. For more flavor add a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze some fresh lemon juice or lemon zest on top!
Triple Melon Heart Sticks
Use Valentines drink stirrers or straws as a skewer for the melons in this recipe. Buy whole watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew in order to get the best deal and the thickness you desire for these heart sticks instead of the pre-cut melons chunks. Quarter and gut the melons and use the Heart Shape cookie cutter to cut out your melon hearts. Make sure the heart cut out is thick enough to support the skewer. Skewer one heart of each color on the stick and serve with a side of vanilla yogurt as a dipping sauce.
Pineapple & Strawberry Emoji Heart Eyes
Who doesn’t love a good heart eyes emoji!? This healthy snack features a fresh pineapple cut with a circle cookie cutter and eyes shaped from strawberries cut with a heart shape cookie cutter and a knife cut mouth. You will find it more cost effective to buy a fresh whole pineapple versus the pre-cut slices and for this craft you want the center/core intact.
These recipes are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats to keep you and your littles satisfied and full of energy to open up all of those Valentines Day cards!
Get even more Valentine’s Day ideas for kids on the Rocket City Mom Pinterest board!
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This post was originally published February 2018 and has been updated.
Rachel Brown is a foodie by heart and Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator by trade. A mother of two young children, she is always searching for fun and exciting things to eat and create as a family. Rachel moved here from Nashville, TN in 2016 and is enjoying exploring Huntsville and all the exciting things happening here. You can follow her exciting Huntsville foodie finds on her Instagram @RocketCityDietitian or on FaceBook as Rocket City Dietitian.