Nutritionist Approved! Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts
Valentine’s Day is on the approach again and once again I’m faced with the chance to create a romantic evening. That said, as much as we tend to think about this particular holiday as one full of sugary and fatty sweet treats, that doesn’t have to be the case. A collection of healthy options for special occasions like Valentine’s Day is one of the best weight loss tools one can have in their arsenal.
No, I’m not about to tell you that you just need to eat a bag of trail mix for Valentine’s Day and I’m not going to tell you that slicing an apple in the shape of a heart will be enough, either. I get that it does have to be special and romantic. That’s the point! But it can still be healthy. There’s nothing that says you can’t enjoy something delicious and luxurious while still providing yourself with nutrients.
At the same time, I’m far from being a master chef. I can cook, sure, but anything I make for special occasions needs to be within my ability to create it using my limited skills and kitchen equipment. That being the case, here are my top options for nutritious and yet romantic Valentine’s Day desserts:
• Dark chocolate covered strawberries – These aren’t the ones you buy at the store. You’ll need to make these yourself to be sure you get them right. Unless you can find a truly special shop that will use organic strawberries and dark chocolate with over 75% cocoa, then just choosing chocolate covered berries won’t be as nutritious as you’re likely hoping.
Fortunately, it’s not too easy to do. You just need your ingredients, a pot, a heatproof bowl (so you can do a bain Marie – which is much easier than its French name sounds) and some skewers.
• Dark chocolate fondu – If making chocolate covered berries in advance doesn’t fit your schedule, then melt the dark chocolate as a fondu and enjoy dipping lots of healthy ingredients (and feeding them to each other, if that’s your deal). I’ve found that some great options include strawberries and blueberries. Raspberries and blackberries tend to fall apart so I avoid those. For something extra surprising, try dipping frozen grapes. You’ll be blown away by the flavor.
• Berry sorbet – If you’re looking for something chilly to eat so you’ll have another excuse to warm each other up, try adding frozen berries to a powerful blender with just a tablespoon or so of water to get things moving in the machine. Add only as much water as you need to let the blender do its thing. Too much will create a smoothie, not a sorbet.
Happy Valentine’s Day!