According to the Census Bureau, Americans ate 24.9 pounds of candy per capita in 2009. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching it’s safe to say that a large portion of that was consumed during the holiday season right next to Halloween.
Walking into the local supermarket, drugstore and corner market it’s easy to see that chocolate is easily accessible by everyone. With so many price ranges and flavors its hard not to grab a box for your sweetie.
For those who may not appreciate chocolate for Valentine’s Day there are healthier alternatives.
- Sugar-free chocolate-covered strawberries
- Angel food cake with sugar-free icing
- A fruit bouquet
- Dark cocoa and raspberries
- Light champagne and strawberries
- Sugar-free Dumdum lollipops come in chocolate flavor
- Homemade chocolate chip granola
- Small caramels with a bag of flavored coffee
- 85% Dark chocolate bars
- Dark chocolate covered blueberries
- 2 Chocolate graham crackers with some whipped topping between them
- Any sugar free gelatin
- Chocolate flavored meringue cookies
- Bananas dipped in chocolate and frozen
- Italian ice
- Strawberry smoothie
- Chocolate protein powder
- Heart-shaped apple slices with strawberry fruit dip
- Yogurt dipped strawberries
- Sliced cucumbers cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter
While a store bought box of candy is convenient, creating something fun and healthy is sure to win over any valentine. Not only is it thoughtful, it really shows you care.
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