Chocolate covered strawberries
February 8, 2016 | by Tracey Graber RD, CDE

Pink frosting and sprinkles. Chocolate ganache. Heart shaped candies.

Valentine's Day-themed treats can be tempting. It's easy to exceed your daily sugar intake with just a few bites. Balance the sugar load this week with with these healthy but still sweet treats.

6 Healthier Sweets for You and Your Sweetie

  • Dark chocolate covered strawberries. Dark chocolate is low in cholesterol and sodium and berries are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. Dark chocolate is healthier when the cacao content is high. Choose a variety with more than 50 percent cacao percentage. Try two strawberries dipped in dark chocolate.
  • Fresh berries with whipped cream. Choose your favorite berries and top with 1-2 tablespoons of whipped cream.
  • Greek yogurt parfait. Layer low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt with berries and low fat granola for a high protein treat.
  • Banana peanut butter ice cream. A two ingredient vegan-friendly ice cream alternative ice cream.
  • Cinnamon baked apples. A lighter spin on an apple crisp, baked apples can be customized with your favorite spices and toppings.
  • Dried fruit. Dried fruit is usually fat-free, low in sodium and high in fiber. Keep portions to about the size of a golf ball as dried fruit is high in natural sugar and calories. Create a colorful mix of cranberries, apricots and mango and serve in a heart-shaped tray. Tip: Look for packages that do not have added sugar or are marked “unsweetened.”
Did you know?
Keep daily sugar intake to less than five percent of total calories. Consuming too much sugar in your diet can contribute to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases. For a 2,000 calorie daily diet, this breaks down to no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar (World Health Organization).

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