Many schools are adopting a “healthy schools” policy and only allow candy and sweets to be distributed to students a few times a year. Because of other holidays taking priority, you may find that candy isn’t welcome at your child’s classroom Valentine’s party. What’s a parent to do? If your school does not allow candy or sweets for Valentine’s parties, or if you just want to provide a healthier alternative for the classroom party, check out these ideas. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at your child’s school with healthy, but still fun, Valentine foods.
Pink and Red Fruit Tray. Try providing a lovely and colorful pink and red fruit tray as a healthy alternative to Valentine candy. Add strawberries, pitted or maraschino cherries, raspberries, pink grapefruit, watermelon, and papaya to a tray. You might also add some pears or citric acid treated apples for a little white color to add contrast. This beautiful pink and red tray will look uniquely Valentine’s Day but will provide better nutrition for your child’s classroom Valentine party.
Make it into a Smoothie. There are plenty of smoothies you can make that are pink and have a nice “Valentine’s Day” color. These are healthy, fruity, and kids find them DELICIOUS. You will, of course, need a high quality blender. For that, we have a table comparison by Blender Versus Vitamix / Ninja.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Hearts. For this healthier option for your child’s classroom Valentine party, just make traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using strawberry jelly. Once the sandwiches are complete, add the real Valentine’s Day touch by cutting out the middle of the sandwiches in a heart shape using a large heart cookie cutter. Your child will love making these healthier Valentine treats along with you, and together you can eat the scraps!
Strawberry Muffins. Strawberry muffins make a great healthier alternative to traditional Valentine candy for your child’s classroom Valentine’s Day party. Just purchase a muffin mix, or for even better nutrition, create your muffins from scratch using part whole wheat flour. The pink-dotted muffins will look oh-so festive at your child’s classroom Valentine’s party, but will be a little healthier than chocolate hearts.
Cranberry Chocolate Granola Bars. Create your own homemade granola bars by combining rolled oats, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, peanut butter, and honey. Press the mixture into a pan lined with waxed paper and cut apart into bars once set. The red color of the dried cranberries will make this Valentine’s Day treat perfect for the occasion, but the whole grain oats and fruit make this Valentine’s Day party treat a little healthier than the traditional.
If your child’s school has a healthy schools policy, or if you just want to make Valentine’s Day a little healthier in general, you can still provide festive, fun, and tasty treats for any Valentine’s Day party. Try these fun and healthy ideas for your next Valentine’s Day party.
Note: Many schools do not allow peanut butter or peanut products in the school because of potential allergies. Please check your school’s policy on this before preparing any of the mentioned foods containing peanut butter.