Contributed by Kimberly Black
Health & Fitness Professional
Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats
When Valentine’s comes around there is always a plethora of chocolates and pink colored treats. Most of these treats are loaded with extra sugar and they usually don’t have any nutritional value. If you’re looking for a few treats that won’t break your calorie bank, you’re in luck! Try out these healthy V-day treats & let us know what you think!
Strawberry Cashew Energy Bites- A raw, vegan, gluten free treat with no added sugar that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!
1 Cup raw cashews
6 medjool dates
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
(Optional) 1 scoop of unflavored BiPro (or other protein powder)
Place cashews in food processor or blender and pulse until crumbly, you still want some chunks for texture.
Add dates and pulse until mixture starts to form a sticky dough, add BiPro and pulse to combine.
Add vanilla and salt and pulse again to combine.
Add freeze dried strawberries and pulse until just combined.
Using your hands, roll 1 heaping teaspoon of dough into little bite sized balls then transfer to a storage container, tore in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.
Frozen Yogurt Hearts
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup yogurt (plain, greek or whole milk)
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (can sub honey, agave, or other liquid sweetener)
Blend strawberries in food processor or blender
Add yogurt and blend until combined
Add maple syrup and mix until combined
Pour into heart shaped molds, or pour into muffin tins 1/4 full. Top with sprinkles and freeze.