6 Healthy Treats That’ll Make Your Valentine Swoon
Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means aisles will soon be lined with heart-shaped sweet treats and vibrant colors of red and pink. Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is selecting something special for your partner or loved ones. However, as you peruse the stores, you might notice that healthy treats for Valentine’s Day are scarce.
For vegans, vegetarians, and health conscious people, celebrating Valentine’s Day can be exhausting when you’re faced with aisles of processed, sugar-filled, high-calorie gifts.
To help remedy this situation, here are three sweet and three savory healthy treats for Valentine’s Day that are sure to make your Valentine swoon.
3 Sweet Healthy Treats
For some, Valentine’s Day is a time to indulge in a bit of sweetness. In that spirit, here are three sweet-but-healthy treats to get your Valentine.
It may be cliche, but it’s cliche for a reason. Chocolate-covered fruit is an indulgent treat that is both delicious enough to make anyone swoon and nutritious enough to provide plenty of health benefits.
Keep in mind that for truly healthy treats, your chocolate should be at least 70% cacao, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. If you want to get creative with your gift, vary your fruit selection and chocolate coverings from dark to white.
On the topic of chocolate, one study actually calls dark chocolate a “super fruit” because it’s loaded with antioxidants. Coupled with the many benefits of popcorn, a box of popcorn drizzled in dark chocolate makes for a sweet and salty Valentine’s Day surprise.
As far as sweet Valentine’s treats go, we’d say chocolate is one of the most indulgent healthy treats you can spoil your loved one with.
Raspberry Yogurt Bites
When it comes to healthy treats for Valentine’s Day, raspberry yogurt bites make a fun snack and have the red color to boot!
Between the high antioxidants and fiber from the raspberries and the calcium and probiotics from the yogurt, raspberry yogurt bites are one of the tastiest healthy treats for Valentine’s Day. You can even make them yourself using a heart-shaped mold (who says romance is dead?) and selecting your favorite vegan or non-vegan yogurt.
3 Savory Healthy Treats
Not everyone has a sweet tooth, and that’s okay! Instead of missing out on Valentine’s Day altogether, try these three savory healthy treats.
As a whole grain, popcorn provides fiber that our digestive systems need. In other words, bring on the popcorn! For the Valentine who leads a spicy life, spicy popcorn might be one of the best healthy treats for Valentine’s Day.
Sure, you can buy preseasoned popcorn, but to make things more personal, why not season the popcorn yourself? Our PigOut Pigless Bacon Seasoning is free of gluten, GMOs, and cholesterol. Plus, it has zero calories and comes in four flavors.
When you know your loved one well enough, it can be fun to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to surprise him or her with a new snack. Our Outstanding Puffs are packed with 21 grams of protein per bag, as well as tons of vitamins and minerals. Plus, these crunchy, healthy treats are gluten-free and entirely plant-based.
Not to mention the selection: From Hella Hot to Chill Ranch to Kansas City BBQ, there’s a flavor to suit every palate. Cue swooning.
Meatless Charcuterie Basket
Put a meat-free spin on the classic charcuterie board with a totally customizable meatless charcuterie basket. Throw a variety of healthy treats — dried and fresh fruit, various nuts like pistachios and cashews, assorted cheeses, crackers, and roasted chickpeas, for example — into a basket, top it off with a bottle of bubbly, and make a date out of tasting everything together.
The best part is that you can cater the basket to your loved one’s dietary preferences, so whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, or lactose intolerant, you’re in control of every single item that goes into it.
Enjoy Healthy Treats This Valentine’s Day
Next time you’re in the grocery store and you see the red- and pink-colored candies and treats, know that you can walk right by them because you’re stepping up your gift game this year with healthy treats. Whether you choose sweet or savory — or a mix of both — you can’t go wrong with an edible gift that also prioritizes your loved one’s health.So what are you waiting for? Find Outstanding Foods snacks in a store near you, and shower your loved one with delicious, healthy treats this Valentine’s Day!