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Healthy Valentine’s Sweets

Valentine’s Day is well known for its chocolates and candies. In fact, according to the U.S. Food Market Outlook 2018 report, Valentine’s Day is the third largest holiday for the chocolate candy industry after Christmas and Easter.

Here are a few more facts about high sugar consumption:

  • Consuming sugar increases your hunger
  • Can increase risk of heart disease
  • Can lead to obesity and high blood pressure levels
  • Increases risk of diabetes
  • Can have consequences on your mental health (link to sweet tooth blog)

Even though there are major consequences for high sugar consumption, it is still very easy to enjoy sweet treats on Valentine’s Day! There are several treats and desserts that can satisfy your sweet tooth while avoiding unnecessary added sugar.

Take a look at these healthy dessert recipes for a few ideas:

Avocado Brownies

While the title may sound a little weird, these brownies are deliciously chocolatey but use avocado as a healthier alternative for traditional ingredients that are high in unhealthy fats. Avocados are packed with powerful antioxidants, filled with about 20 essential vitamins and nutrients, have anti-inflammatory properties, and is considered a great source of healthy fat.

Avocados aren’t the only nutritious ingredient in this recipe. Dark chocolate (link “dark chocolate” to chocolate blog that goes out on 1/31) also provides a number of health benefits (if eaten in moderation of course). It contains high amounts of fiber, minerals, and antioxidants that are good for you.

Get the full recipe here.

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

This recipe is a healthy twist on traditional cheesecake that swaps out the cream cheese with Greek yogurt. The result is a delicious, creamy cheesecake that is both nutritious and filling. Greek yogurt has a ton of health benefits that make this a nutritious treat. It is a great source of protein which is vital for your health, it is packed with probiotics which keep your intestines healthy, and it is also full of vitamin B12 and potassium.

Get the full recipe here.

Chocolate Filled Raspberries

Though it is a simpler treat, it is still equally delicious. These chocolate-filled raspberries are the perfect healthy sweet treat to indulge in on Valentine’s Day (or any day really). Dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the raspberry and make it an even healthier treat to enjoy.

Raspberries contain powerful antioxidants that provide a variety of health benefits. A recent study showed that the consumption of flavonoid-rich foods like raspberries was liked to a lowered risk of death from cardiovascular disease. They also have been known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce blood pressure.

Get the full recipe here.

Want more sweet and healthy recipes? Check out a few healthy cookie recipes here.

Before turning to traditional sugary sweets this Valentine’s Day, gift your loved ones with healthier treats that they can enjoy while maintaining a healthy diet! Eating healthy, even during holidays and special events, is important for your overall health. Choosing the right ingredients and foods is a major part of having a healthy diet and so is understanding your health.

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