February 12, 2013
Lite Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate all things love. You may have a romantic evening planned, and are looking to finish it off with some dessert but you do not want to break the "calorie" bank. Here are some ideas for lighter Valentine's Day desserts to enjoy. Just remember to plan out your menu and only make enough to enjoy that night (or give away extras) to maintain good portion control!

Super Easy Frozen Yogurt (Made lighter with a Greek and fat-free twist!)

  • 1/2 cup non-fat vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. non-fat milk  or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • Optional: Stevia to taste

Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth, and freeze for ~30 minutes. Serve in stemless wine glasses topped with light whipped topping, unsweetened coconut flakes or chopped nuts as desired.

Chocolate-dipped Fruit (A classic, but fruit-based so lower cal than most!)

Melt dark chocolate, 70% or higher (look for cocoa as the first ingredient) in a glass bowl over boiling water, stirring until smooth. Dip strawberries, mango, papaya, pear or any of your favorite fruit slices into the chocolate and set on wax paper to cool. Enjoy! Recommended portion: 1/2 cup whole strawberries, 1/3 cup mango and 1/2 oz. dark chocolate for ~130 calories

3-Ingredient Cookies (Choose any nut butter and chocolate combo that works for you and your diet!)

In a food processor or blender, combine equal parts whole unsalted nuts (like almonds, cashews or peanuts) and whole, pitted, unsweetened dates until combined. Add honey (~ 2 tbsp. per 1 cup each dates & nuts) and blend again until combined. Dough should be sticky. Form into balls and place on wax paper, then refrigerate for ~20 minutes until cooled.

Or check out some other healthy options developed by our team of Dietitians:

Ice Box Cocoa Truffles 

High Protein Pumpkin Custard

With options like these, easy, tasty and lite Valentine's Day treats (enjoyed in moderation) are possible!

Written by Erika Brown

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