09 Feb 5 Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats
By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Contributing Blogger
Even if you don’t have a sweetheart, you will likely want something sweet on Valentine’s Day. If sweet isn’t your thing, then this is the time of year to whip up a romantic decadent dinner. But indulging your sweet or savory tooth doesn’t have to mean packing on the pounds. Try any of these healthier Valentine’s Day recipes to have your cake (or steak) without the guilt.
Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies by Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN (pictured above)
These chocolate cookies are low in sugar and high in protein. What a delicious and nutritious way to get your chocolate fix on Valentine’s Day.
Banana Fudge Vegan Ice Cream by Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN of Nutrition Starring You
Not only is this chocolate ice cream vegan, but it’s high in protein and made without added sugar. It’s also only three ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT of Shaw’s Simple Swaps
Chocolate and peanut butter are great together on Valentine’s Day or pretty much any day of the year. If you and your partner are into fitness, these truffles are the perfect combination of carbs and protein for a post-workout fix.
Chocolate Chipotle Vegetarian Chili by Abbey Sharp, RD of Abbey’s Kitchen
Dark chocolate is a great addition to savory dishes. The chocolate in this chili pairs nicely with the adobo chiles to create a rich flavor with a hint of spicy sweet.
Lamb Chops with Pomegranate Gremolata and Carrot Goat Cheese Mash by Danielle Cushing, RD of My Bottomless Boyfriend
This indulgent dinner is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s date night. The pomegranate seeds adds a dose of antioxidants and wonderful Valentine’s Day color. Cook up this surprisingly simple dish to impress your sweetie.
Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC based Registered Dietitian, food and nutrition writer and blogger at Nutrition à la Natalie. Natalie writes for many nutrition publications, such as Women’s Running, Fitness Magazine, Eating Well and Food & Nutrition Magazine. Natalie specializes in sports nutrition, and her blog is full of plant-based recipes and general nutrition and sports nutrition information. To stay up to date with Natalie’s recipes or nutrition tips, follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook.