These healthy valentine snack ideas make the perfect snack on Valentine’s Day. Cheese and crackers arranged in a heart shape is a super cute treat for kids to enjoy.
Valentine’s Day is once again upon us! After several months of quarantining in 2020, we exhausted a lot of our previously posted STEM experiments and crafts. Normally, I’m all about making messes and explosions but this time, we decided to have fun with healthy valentine snack ideas. Although our crafts are usually entertaining, I pondered over a unique way to celebrate the holiday as a family.
In the past, we would choose to buy store bought candy and eat it on our own time. However, 2020 has shown us, that it’s much more fun to be together, to work as a team and create happy memories! In an attempt to stay health conscious, our celebratory treat had to include plenty of fruit (but I did sneak a few sweets in!)
I have noticed that charcuterie boards have become increasingly popular over the past year. As a mom, I love how these boards promote eating healthy in a joyous way for kids. It also allows me to indulge in adding chocolate to any snack! To celebrate Valentines Day, the boys and I created a heart shaped charcuterie board to drool over.
Any combination of food can be used, but here are a few of our favorite fruit and cheeses for a festive afternoon of snacking. A fun way to get my kids engaged was to have them they each pick out their favorite, “red colored” fruit.
healthy valentine snack ideas ingredients:
- One container of strawberries, halved.
- Two containers raspberries, kept whole.
- One lb. bag of red grapes.
- One container of mozzarella cheese balls.
- One bar of sharp cheddar cheese.
- One bag Hershey’s chocolate hearts.
- Assortment of crackers. We chose only two different kinds of crackers but the sky is the limit!
Step 1: Thoroughly wash all of the fruit.
Step 2: Arrange raspberries into a heart shape and fill the center with your preference of treats. We continued to fill in the middle of the heart with the remaining fruits and mozzarella cheese balls for a solid look. I loved how meticulous my oldest was in filling in his grapes. They really took pride in creating the perfect heart!
Step 3: Fill the outsides of your board with desired crackers. Especially with home made arrangements, there is no right or wrong way to place these. We went with piles since it was easier for tiny fingers. I also took this opportunity to add more candy. (You can never have enough chocolate!)
Step 4: Continue to fill the board around the heart if you’re feeding a larger family or group. For us, this was more than enough food and we enjoyed snacking while playing games together.
Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy!
Tip: We truly were stuffed and still had plenty of fruit leftover. Since most items were already cut, we placed remaining fruit in a Tupperware with a few squirts of lemon juice to keep fresh. Everything was still delicious the next day. It was a mommy bonus to see my middle guy lining up his leftover strawberries in a heart shape before he ate them.
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