Real Food Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, a fun and love-filled holiday that is even more meaningful to me now that I have kids.  I know many parents (myself included), struggle with how to enjoy the festive aspect of any holiday without focusing on the cookies, candies and other sugary treats that seem to dominate every special occasion.

Valentine’s Day in particular seems to focus on “treats”, and while I’m definitely okay with a treat or two, I also think it’s important to shift away from putting sugar on a pedestal by restricting it from kids on some days and then overloading them with it on others.

I would prefer to see kids exposed to a wide variety of food (including treats) on a regular basis, with holidays such as Valentine’s Day being no exception.

So, I like to balance out the treats, while still keeping things fun and festive, by incorporating the theme of the holiday throughout all the meals and snacks on February 14th.  

And as always, the more real food the better.

Here are some more of my favourite Real Food Valentine’s Day Ideas from around the web:

1. Pink Smoothies

One of my fave recipes is the Pink Power Detox Smoothie from Oh She Glows, or you could go as simple as this one from Jessica Gavin.  Calling it a “Love” Smoothie can make it even more fun.

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2. Pink Applesauce.

I like this simple strawberry version from Modern Parents, Messy Kids, or you could get a bit more complex and make my Beet, Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Puree (it’s not just for kids!)

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3. Valentine’s “Pop-Eye Egg”

This is what my mom used to call it when I was little but it is more commonly known as Eggs In A Basket. 

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4.  Heart Warming Oatmeal by Creative Kids Snacks (I LOVE this idea!)

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5. Fruit Ladybugs by The Soccer Mom.

Ladybugs are Valentines-y, right?

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6. Mini Caprese Skewers from Skinny Taste

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7. Individual Heart Shaped Pizzas by Tonya Staab

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8. Actually, anything cut into a heart shape! Just grab some cookie cutters and go…

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…and the list goes on!

9. Bonus:  I really, really love this Valentine’s Day bouquet from Super Healthy Kids but not sure I would have the patience to execute it. #imnomartha

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And of course, with any holiday, it’s important to make sure that it’s not all about the food – so other valentine themed activities and traditions such as crafts, games and simply lots and lots of hugs and kisses, are as must!

Happy Love Day! xo

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