Monday, February 14, 2022 Last-minute recipes for healthful Valentine’s Day sweet treats
written by Dani Higgins, student intern with Dining Services
Valentine’s Day is typically filled with love and tasty treats. While those desserts may be delicious, they may not always be the most healthful options. Here’s a list of treats to make for a perfectly nutritious Valentine’s Day.
- Acai Dark Chocolate Truffles | With only a few ingredients, this dessert is perfect for a quick dorm room snack. Acai is rich in antioxidants and helps protect the body.
- Chocolate-covered Bananas | Bananas are filled with a variety of nutrients including vitamin c, potassium, magnesium, and folate. You can also customize this dessert by using shredded coconut as a topping.
- Chocolate-filled Raspberries | For a sweet snack, make these chocolate filled raspberries as an easy grab-and-go snack in between classes. Raspberries can help your brain function better by decreasing the oxidative stress in the body.
- Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark | This recipe is an easy dessert that you can make ahead and store for Valentine’s Day. Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium, which is a mineral that helps to strengthen your bones.
- Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles | Each truffle provides 1 gram of protein and 2.6 g grams of fiber. Dates are a natural sweetener that allow desserts to be sweet without adding extra sugar.
- Chocolate-dipped Strawberries | Have this iconic Valentine’s Day dessert on your table in minutes! Strawberries can help improve skin and bone health by supplying manganese to the body and promoting 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 chocolate drizzle. Beets puree, one of the ingredients, contains many anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, such diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
- Chia Pudding Parfait | This delicious gluten-free chia pudding parfait can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert. Chia seeds are filled with antioxidants that help remove free radicals from the body to decrease your risk for various diseases.