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Valentines Day Desserts

5 Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts

By Clarissa Padua | February 1, 2024

Valentine's Day is approaching, and love is in the air! It's a time for romance, sweet gestures, and, of course, indulging in delicious treats. If you are mindful of your health and weight, enjoying this holiday can sometimes feel like a challenge. However, celebratingValentine’s Day doesn't mean you have to compromise your health goals. Let's explore some delectable, health-conscious dessert options that are both sweet and sensible.

1. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Skewers:

A romantic classic with a healthy twist. These skewers feature fresh strawberries dipped in sugar-free dark chocolate, sprinkled with coconut flakes for a delightful crunch.

Ingredients:

  • 8 fresh strawberries
  • 2 ounces sugar-free dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes

Preparation:

  1. Wash and dry the strawberries.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
  3. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, coating half of the strawberry.
  4. Sprinkle each chocolate-dipped strawberry with coconut flakes.
  5. Add 4 strawberries to each skewer and let them set on parchment paper.

2. Greek Yogurt and Berry Parfait:

Layered with creamy, protein-rich Greek yogurt, fresh mixed berries, and a touch of honey, these parfaits are a symphony of textures and flavors, topped with chia seeds for added nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or sugar alternative 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Preparation:

  1. In two serving glasses, layer half of the Greek yogurt at the bottom.
  2. Add a layer of mixed berries on top of the yogurt.
  3. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey over the berries in each glass.
  4. Add the remaining yogurt and top with the remaining berries.
  5. Sprinkle chia seeds on top of each parfait.

3. Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Makes 4 balls):

These no-bake protein balls are a perfect quick snack. Combining the smoothness of peanut butter with the texture of oats and the sweetness of honey, they are a delightful bite-sized treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 scoop (about 30g) chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar alternative
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Combine peanut butter, oats, protein powder, and honey in a bowl.
  2. Roll the mixture into 4 balls.
  3. Press a few chocolate chips into each ball.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

4. Chocolate Avocado Protein Pudding :

A creamy and rich pudding that uses the natural creaminess of heart-healthy avocados, combined with cocoa and protein powder, to create a luscious and healthy chocolate treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • Sweetener to taste (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Blend avocado, cocoa powder, protein powder, almond milk, and sweetener until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour to thicken.
  3. Serve chilled.

5. Triple-Seed Chocolate Berry Delight:

A nutrient-dense dessert that combines the power of fiber-filled chia, flax, and hemp seeds in a chocolatey mix, complemented with fresh berries for a burst of freshness and natural sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup fresh berries
  • Optional: Dark chocolate shavings

Preparation:

  1. Mix chia, flax, and hemp seeds with almond milk, cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Refrigerate overnight or at least for 2 hours.
  3. Stir and divide into 2 servings. Top with fresh berries and chocolate shavings.

Celebrating Valentine's Day doesn't mean you have to stray from your health goals. These high-protein desserts feature healthier ingredients and are perfect for enjoying the sweetness of the holiday while staying on track. However, it's important to remember that portion control is key, even when indulging in these healthier dessert options. Enjoy these treats as you celebrate the day of love! Happy Valentine's Day!

Clarissa Padua, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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