How to Choose a Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert

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With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I have been searching for a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert that we can enjoy. Many of the desserts that are typically enjoyed for Valentine’s Day are not that healthy and I am trying to avoid cakes, cupcakes, and heavy desserts. I want to be able to sit down with a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert that isn’t going to be super high in sugar or carbohydrates but will still be a bit of a splurge. Whether you are watching calories, fat, carbs or following the Paleo diet like I am, there are still ways to enjoy dessert. This post has been sponsored by Foodie.com.

Healthy Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

 

Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert

When I’m looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert, I avoid things that have a lot of added sugar or are high in carbohydrates. When buying ingredients, I try to find things from local growers and/or from organic growers. Depending on the season, what I can find varies quite a bit.  I decided to make strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. While I could not find local strawberries in February in Vermont, I did manage to find organic strawberries. The chocolate I used is fair trade and contains no soy lecithin. I try to avoid soy products whenever possible for health reasons.

Here are a few things you can think about when choosing a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert.

1. Look for fruit based desserts rather than cake based desserts. Try a meringue with fresh fruit for something a bit more special.

2. Choose desserts that have been sweetened with stevia, honey or maple syrup rather than sugar or artificial sweetener.

3. Pick desserts that are naturally colored from fruits rather than those with added food dyes.

4. Select fruits that are in season from local growers if possible. If not, be certain to choose fruits grown in the USA that are organic when you can.

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5. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate or white chocolate. Look for organic and fair trade when possible.

6. Dark chocolate that is 80% dark is generally free of soy.  Chocolate under that amount often has added soy.

This is how I make strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. Instead of rolling the strawberries in sprinkles or added sugar, try rolling them in chopped nuts instead.

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Strawberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Strawberries, washed
  • Dark chocolate, at least 80%
  • Double boiler
Instructions
  1. Put water in the bottom of the double boiler.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the chocolate to the top of the double boiler.
  4. Melt slowly over medium heat.
  5. Once the chocolate is almost smooth, turn off the heat and stir until smooth.
  6. Holding the strawberry by the top, roll it slowly in the chocolate to coat evenly. Leave a bit of the berry showing at the top.
  7. Turn it upside down for a bit to allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
  8. Set it on wax paper to harden. Store in the refrigerator until time to eat (at least 30 minutes).

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If you are looking for more healthy Valentine’s Day desserts, I’ve included this roundup of a few of my favorite recipes for you to look through.

Healthy Valentine's Day Desserts

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of an 18-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn't have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you'd like to work together, email info@confessionsofanover-workedmom.com to chat.

Comments

  1. We haven’t tried rolling them in nuts, but have done it in granola mix.

  2. So so Delicious and easy. Love these dessert ideas! 

  3. I know it isn’t all that healthy but the kids really love strawberries dipped in white chocolate and yes, garnished with nuts. Yum!

  4. I’m going to make the boyfriend these for Valentine’s Day. He loves chocolate and strawberries. I think we need to be a little healthier so this is perfect!

  5. Very easy recipe and healthy at the same time. Kids going to love them

  6. I love chocolate covered strawberries. They make the top of my list for favorite vday treats, anyways!

  7. Although Valentine’s Day is a holiday when I usually indulge a bit, I love that you did a healthier roundup. It all looks amazing!

  8. I was thinking of making these for my kids for Valentines Day but being lazy you know melting the chocolate in the microwave and dipping the strawberries in the chocolate, you put me to shame! I am sure yours taste so much better! 🙂 

  9. I am drooling. These look so good! Absolutely delicious!!

  10. These look so yummy. My hubby got me some last year and they did not look remotely like these do lol

  11. These look so good! My hubs would flip!!!

  12. Oh I love chocolate dipped strawberries. They are such a splurge for us and a great treat for Valentine’s Day. Great idea.

  13. We haven’t ever rolled our strawberries in nuts but we do like them dipped in chocolate and drizzled with more chocolate. I really like your new blog look too!

  14. YUMMM..these look delicious.. I love dipped Strawberries and now that Strawberry season is starting in Florida I’m sooo gonna make this; thanks for sharing 

  15. Yum! Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorites! All of these desserts look fabulous! 

  16. Those look so delicious. My kids love strawberries. 

  17. i may just steal this recipe to make for my family. hubby and my 8 year old LOVE dark chocolate- the rest of us prefer milk. so delish!

  18. Yum! I can’t wait to make chocolate covered strawberries!

  19. Great recepy, Ellen! And the pics looks absolutely divine. And just want to pick one and eat it right now, lol

  20. I love chocolate covered strawberries.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  21. That is a great list of recipes. And those strawberries look so good. Thanks for sharing

  22. I am thrilled to see strawberries from florida already in our grocery store. I will have to try some dipped in chocolate!

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