Published on February 13, 2018
Sweets for Your Sweet
Wondering what to make or buy for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day that is heart-healthy?
By Maria Frye, RDN (Contributor Marisol Ortiz, Nutrition Intern)
1. Start the day off with a refreshing, energy-boosting and calcium-rich Raspberry-Mango Breakfast Parfait.
- Place 2 tablespoons of mangoes and raspberries with 1/3 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt into a glass or wine goblet. Repeat to make layers.
- Blend the rest of the raspberries and mango with cinnamon until smooth, and place on top for presentation.
2. Enjoy a classic dessert of Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries (or your choice of fruit) by dipping fruit in melted, delicious dark chocolate for a boost of antioxidants.
3. Skip the candy bar and try Peanut Coconut Bites by mixing 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup maple syrup, 1 ¼ cup rolled oats, and 1 cup coconut flakes & roll into small bites. Freeze until firm. Enjoy!
4. Bring your creative and designing skills into play to make a colorful Fruit Basket or Arrangement that provides lots of vitamins and minerals!
5. Chocolate-Avocado-Chia Pudding
Makes 6, ½ cup servings
Try this recipe that contains heart-healthy fats, protein and fiber!
- 2 medium ripe avocados (peeled/pitted)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened
- Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
- 3 Medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
- In a food processor or blender, process all ingredients (except for nuts) until smooth.
- Transfer the pudding to serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the chia seeds to thicken.
- Just before serving, sprinkle with almonds (or nuts) if desired
For more information contact one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at the Torrance Memorial Specialty Center: 2841 Lomita Blvd., 3rd Floor, Suite 335 • 310-891-6707