Friday Finds: Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

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This Valentine’s Day you don’t have to go on overdrive with the chocolate heartsand gooey treats. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite healthy treats and food ideas to make this day satisfying – without being too overly sweet.

Blue Diamond Nut Thins: It’s pretty clear that heart-healthy almonds are the premier snack option. This Valentine’s Day, give your kids a hearty dose of Vitamin E and almonds with the Blue Diamond Nut Thins, a crunchy snack cracker that is great for an afterschool snack or as an appetizer for your Valentine’s Day party. Available in Hint of Sea Salt, Smokehouse, Cheddar Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese and more, this is the perfect snack that will have you filling full and satisfied. 

Earth’s Best: We love the sweet and fun snacks for kids from Earth’s Best with some of our favorites being the Earth’s Best Smiley Snacks and their burst of vanilla flavor while also providing 2 grams of protein and fiber as well as 12 grams of whole grain per serving and the Earth’s Best Crunchin Crackers that are an excellent source of ion, zinc and six B vitamins. They also make snacking fun with Big Bird and Elmo in every bite.

Ella’s Kitchen: Another snack favorite for kids is Ella’s. Some of our favorites are the Ella’s Kitchen Nibbly Fingers, a delicious treat that is packed with organic fruits, veggies & whole grain eats without concentrates or refined sugars and the·Ella’s Kitchen Munchy Biscuits, a delicious biscuit that is packed with fruit, oats and no refined sugars.

Gallo Lea Pizza Kits: Pizza isn’t always the healthiest option, but we recently discovered a way to make your kids’ favorite meal a whole lot healthier with the delicious and easy-to-use Gallo Lea Pizza Kits. My kids and I recently had a blast with the Whole-Wheat Pizza Kits where we made spinach and arugula pizzas. The beauty of this was the kits included everything we needed to get started, including a delicious pizza sauce, mix for the crust and pizza paper to get cooking. They also offer gluten-free kits, low sodium Italian, Whole-Wheat BBQ and Gluten Free BBQ where you can really design the ultimate pizza that the only family will love.

The Fruit Company: Another fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with an updated Valentine’s Day gift from the The Fruit Company. This includes a line of fresh fruit and treats with our favorite being the Organic Pink Basket where you can your kids can enjoy a combination of Organic Dried Fruit, Organic Chocolate Roseberry Bar, Organic Yogurt Pretzels, Organic Apple, and Organic Pears. Another bonus is that a portion of the proceeds from this basket are donated to BreastCancer.org. A great way to enjoy a sweet and healthy treat as well as a fun way to give back!

Mona’s Granola: We are big fans of adding some crunch to our yogurt and one of our favorite new lines is Mona’s Granola, an all natural snack, with no additives or preservatives. Available in three popular flavors: Original Formula; Honey Almond; and Cinnamon Pecan, Mona’s Granola is home-baked with no added or refined sugars.

Sneakz Organic: With chocolate in the air for Valentine’s Day we have the perfect alternative with Sneakz Organic, a line of chocolate milk that is actually packed with a full serving of vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. Even better, kids will love it and never be the wiser as they enjoy this delicious chocolate drink.

PB Crave: We are big fans of PB Crave, a line of natural peanut butter that features a combination of unexpected flavors that mix in tasty ingredients such as white chocolate, raspberries and wild honey to your kids’ peanut butter. This includes delicious flavors like Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, Coco Bananas and Choco Choco for a gluten-free and cholesterol-free line that is also made with fresh-farm peanuts. We love this as a way to mix up after school snacks but offering something a little sweet that is also packed with protein. The company also has a goal to help save the lives of 2 million children where a minimum of 2% of the profits from every jar of PB Crave peanut butter goes directly to Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization focused on treating malnourished children.

Lucy’s: We are a big fan of Lucy’s, the delicious line of vegan, gluten-free, kosher-certified and allergy friendly cookies. With so many allergies, it is a great to have a cookie alternative that also tastes amazing, so you never feel like you are missing anything. With only natural ingredients (such as cane sugar), Lucy’s is a healthy but enjoyable snack that is made without wheat, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or other tree nuts. Great for Valentine’s Day, you can discover everything from Sugar, to Chocolate, Oatmeal and beyond.

Welch’s Fruit Snacks: We also love the quick and portable, Welch’s Fruit Snacks that make a festive treat that is perfect for kids, colleagues or to go alongside your love’s flowers or gift. Available in Strawberry and/or Fruit Punch flavors make them a better-for-you that is packed with Vitamin C.

Rhythm Superfood Chips: Potato chip fans will quickly trade in their crunchy chips after they try Rhythm Superfood Chips, a line of gluten-free, all natural, baked superfood chips that are available in four delicious flavors including Sea Salt, Barbeque, Nacho, and Jalapeno Lime. These baked chips use exotic superfood ingredients (such as purple corn, quinoa, and amaranth) and contain 50 percent less fat than leading potato and tortilla chip brands on the market. 

Driscolls’ Fruit: Fruit is the best way to go for an all-naturally sweet treat. For Valentine’s Day, we recommend mixing your blueberries by trying some recipes from Driscolls’. Some of our favorites are the Blueberry Trail MixBlueberry Cocoa Bites and the tasty Blueberry Macaroons.

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