3 Fun & Festive Valentine’s Day Treats for Kids
BY BRYNN MCDOWELL
Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday. Pink and red hearts, tiny candies that say “hug me”…it’s adorable.
When I first ventured into the preschool and kindergarten Valentine’s Day party circuit, I was blown away at the amount of candy that my kids brought home. Gone are the days when a simple cartoon themed valentine’s day card is exchanged, now they all come with little treats attached to them.
At my son’s preschool they have a party for v-day and parents sign up to bring in different items. I really love the balance that the teacher’s place on the party items – there is typically a cookie or cupcake brought in, along with fresh fruit, and then the rest of the sign up sheet is non-food related party stuff like festive napkins, and a little holiday themed trinket (eraser, pencil, etc).
It made me happy to see the balance and got me thinking about healthy Valentine’s Day treats that kids and parents would love equally.
Full disclosure – I am 100% for having candy on Valentine’s Day (and any other day)! Chocolate kisses and conversation hearts are some of my favorites but I like the idea of celebrating the holiday with festive treats that aren’t candy related.
Raspberry Yogurt Hearts
How cute are these heart shaped raspberry yogurt bites?
They are so easy to make and kids love them! Just two simple ingredients – yogurt and fresh fruit.
I got these silicone heart shaped chocolate mold online and used them to make these adorable yogurt bites.
You can use any kind of yogurt you like, but remember with yogurt to be wary of the sugar content since many can have lots of added sugar. I used strawberry flavored greek yogurt and simply chopped up some fresh raspberries (strawberries were not in season) and then filled the mold and then placed it in the freezer for about 2 hours to set.
Mixed Berry Bowls
Most kids love fruit. I’ve also found that most kids will eat anything that is served on a stick or in a cute little bowl.
I combined fresh blueberries and raspberries in these festive little Valentine’s Day Cupcake wrappers that I found at Target. I simply chose fruit that was on sale and would fit well into the little cups. You can completely customize it.
Extra bonus – each child can take their little cupcake wrapper serving of fruit without having to worry about fingers touching all the fruit. Completely class party friendly!
Strawberry Banana Smoothies
This smoothie is a favorite in our house! It’s so simple to make and contains no additional sweetener, just naturally sweet from fruit. Adding a frozen banana makes it super creamy.
Top it off with a festive heart shaped straw and the kids will love it.
Ingredients – 1 cup milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries, ½ frozen banana
Instructions – Combine all the ingredients in a blend and puree until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk.
Makes 2 small smoothies.
I hope you enjoy these festive and healthy valentine’s day treat ideas and remember that life is all about balance, so don’t forget to enjoy that chocolate too! Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day… whether you love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. While I get the argument that it’s a hallmark holiday made up to make $$, I still think it’s fun to celebrate the theme of love. Whether that be with your beau, your bffs, or your family, I enjoy a day where it’s solely focused on telling the people you love how special they are to you.