No-Sugar Valentine’s Treats

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Valentine’s Day is quickly becoming the Pink Halloween, which can be tricky when you’ve just finished off the Christmas loot and you’re anticipating the Easter Bunny’s arrival in a few months. If your children are school-age, you can’t control what comes home from their friends, but you can limit the treats that come from YOU. If you want to show your love, without the sugar rush, try some of these ideas:

LOVE LETTERS

Your significant other isn’t the only one who needs to hear why you love them! Write your children a note (or draw a picture if they can’t read!) and tell them what makes them special, what you love about them, what they do that makes you proud. Tell them a story about when you first fell in love with them.

HEART FOOD

They’re going to be eating throughout the day, sugar or not, so make every meal special by turning it into hearts. If you plan ahead, you can think up a way to incorporate hearts into every meal – using a cookie cutter on their sandwiches, cheese, fruit, veggie slices, etc. Heart-shaped french toast or pizza are pretty good staples on Valentine’s Day, but you could really take it up a notch by making roasted potatoes, beets or whatever else you can think up into heart shapes.

SCAVENGER HUNT

Since this Valentine’s Day is a Saturday, you’ll have the whole day to find ways to surprise your kids. A scavenger hunt through the house is a great way to keep them busy, practice their reading, work together, and have fun! Cut out clues on red construction paper and have the treasure at the end be a big hug from you! Not reading yet?  Hide the hearts around their playroom or bedroom and have them find them all.

CRAFTS

Start the day with some new crafting supplies and spend the day putting them to good use. If you’re stuck for ideas, visit our Pinterest page or for really simple ideas, have a look HERE.

DIY VALENTINES

If you really want to give your child actual Valentines treats, there are some cute (and perfectly cheesy) alternative ideas HERE that can be paired with a homemade Valentine card, like cheese strings, fruit, pencils, glow sticks, nailpolish, stickers, temporary tattoos, crayons, playdoh, Valentine’s socks, etc. Remember all of those no-sugar stocking stuffer ideas you had? Pick one or two and you’re done!

 

Valentine’s Day Treats

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Whether you’ll be sending treats to a party or just want to surprise your family with a little something special, here are some no-fail, super-easy Valentine’s Day treats to make this week. If you’re really brave, have your kids help you out and really share some love in the kitchen… because there is no way this much chocolate and sugar could possibly make this activity end badly. If it turns out (or even if it doesn’t!) take a picture and share your Valentine’s Day treats with us on Facebook. You can find these and more of our ideas on Pinterest.

DIPPED TREATS

Pick up some of those brightly coloured candy melts at either your nearest bulk store or Michael’s – pink, white, red, purple, whatever your Valentine’s heart desires. Melt them down and then dip in whatever treats you desired. Get creative – pretzels, pretzel sticks, cookies, Oreos, licorice, jumbo marshmallows, rice krispie squares, Twinkies… anything! Once dipped, you can lay them on parchment paper to dry or for extra fun, first roll them in sprinkles, chocolate chips or coloured sugar.

HEART SHAPED ANYTHINGS

All you need is a heart shaped cookie cutter. Bonus points if you have multiple cutters in different sizes. Whatever you feed your family on Valentine’s Day for snack or at mealtime, use the cutter to shape it. French toast, pancakes, toast, sandwiches, cheese, apple pieces, melon, cucumber slices, banana slices… Take it up a notch by cooking or baking things in a heart shape, like heart shaped pizza, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cupcakes.

LOVE BROWNIES

It is so easy to take a simple thing like brownies and turn them into a special Valentine’s treat. Prepare your favourite brownie recipe (we won’t tell if you use the box version ;)) and before baking, sprinkle the top with red and pink M&M’s, conversation hearts, heart shaped sprinkles or any combination of your favourite red and white treats. Bake the brownies and voila! Valentine’s brownies. Bonus points if you cut them out with your heart shaped cookie cutter.

PRETZEL FUN

Have you ever noticed that pretzels are the shape of a heart? You’ll notice now! There are two ways to show the love with pretzels – one is with a chocolate kiss, the other is with a piping bag and some chocolate chips. Either way, you will end up with a Valentine treat pressed into chocolate in the centre of your little pretzels. A perfect treat for snack time!

CHOCOLATE FRUIT

Chocolate + Fruit is such a delicious combination and for some lovely reason, Valentine’s Day is an open invitation to pair the two. Don’t just stop at strawberries! Whether you are dipping and leaving to solidify or are eating it fondue-style, chocolate also goes well with kiwi, banana, apple, mango, melon, grapes, pears, and just about every other fruit. Want the combo without the mess? Stick a chocolate chip inside a raspberry for a bite of heaven.