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Show some love: Healthful Valentine's Day treats for your sweetheart

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Valentine's Day is approaching, and although some may wait until the last minute, the healthy shopper knows that some gifts take time to arrive -- and that some treats come with "early bird" specials. Now is the time to shop online for healthful Valentine's Day treats.

The Allentown Family Health Examiner knows that high-priced candies like tennis star Maria Sharapova's Sugarpova line may make a big splash when they're being unwrapped, but their ingredients are none too sweet: corn syrup, modified corn starch, artificial strawberry and vanilla flavors, and artificial colors -- just to name a few! Documented negative effects of artificial food colorings abound -- some are even banned in Europe!

Instead of giving your sweetie something a significant chunk of the world's population has rejected on health grounds, if you do want to give candy, consider a natural option. NaturalCandyStore.com -- which does business as Artisan Sweets in California -- offers a wide variety of Valentine's Day-themed candy that is organic, vegan, and chemical-free. One particularly appealing treat is a giant heart filled with chocolates; it's organic, vegan, gluten-free, and made in the USA! Surf Sweets organic fruity hearts are perfect -- in limited quantities, of course -- for the child in your life: they're organic, vegan, gluten-free, free from the eight most common food allergens, suitable for stage 2 of the Feingold diet, and made in the USA!

If you're looking for a genuinely healthful Valentine's Day gift -- not just a natural alternative to the boxes of Russell Stover available at the drugstore -- try the Natural News store, which is currently offering Valentine's Day "early bird" specials on many of its products. RawMio trail mix chocolate bark makes a great gift for a sweetheart who's into superfoods, and it's even sweeter paired with a Himalayan salt tea light. Organic, non-GMO-verified, vanilla coconut "creme" makes a delightful dessert spread -- and for a limited time, it's on sale!

When it comes to Valentine's Day, you don't have to give the same red box every year. This year, try something sweet that won't make your Valentine feel guilty to eat.

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