Last minute recipes for healthy treats for Valentine’s Day
Written by Food Services Intern Student Dani Higgins
Valentine’s Day is usually filled with love and tasty treats. Although these desserts are delicious, they are not always the healthiest options. Here’s a list of treats to make for a perfectly nutritious Valentine’s Day.
- Dark Chocolate Acai Truffles | With just a few ingredients, this dessert is perfect for a quick dorm snack. Acai is rich in antioxidants and helps protect the body.
- Chocolate Covered Bananas | Bananas are loaded with a variety of nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folic acid. You can also customize this dessert by using shredded coconut as a garnish.
- Chocolate stuffed raspberries | For a sweet snack, make these Chocolate Filled Raspberries an easy snack to take between classes. Raspberries can help your brain work better by decreasing oxidative stress in the body.
- Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark | This recipe is an easy dessert that you can make ahead and save for Valentine’s Day. Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium, a mineral that helps strengthen your bones.
- Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles | Each truffle provides 1 gram of protein and 2.6 grams of fiber. Dates are a natural sweetener that allows desserts to be sweet without adding extra sugar.
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries | Have this iconic Valentine’s Day dessert on your table in minutes! Strawberries may help improve skin and bone health by providing manganese to the body and support heart health by helping to lower blood pressure.
- Vegan Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies | These shortbread cookies are easy to make and topped with a delicious drizzle of chocolate. Beet puree, one of the ingredients, contains many anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
- Chia pudding parfait | This delicious gluten-free chia pudding parfait can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals from the body to reduce the risk of various diseases.