apple heart sandwiches

Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

My family loves celebrating Valentine's Day.  To us this day isn't about candy or roses or Hallmark gift cards; it's much simpler than that. It's about sharing our love for each other, for our friends, and most of all for God.

"Create in me a pure heart, O God,  and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

Be healthy in body and soul with the ideas below, and use them to spread the love this weekend to all you encounter!  Try something different this Valentine's Day!

Photo by Bridget Davis

Instead of flowers, try Tomato Tulips. These "flowers" are so easy to make- just cut a plus sign on the top of a cherry tomato, fill with cottage cheese, then use chives as the stems. The protein from the cottage cheese and the antioxidants from the cherry tomatoes make these an excellent snack. This would be a fun appetizer for a Valentines dinner!

Photo by Lilly Childers

Instead of candy, try Apple Heart Sandwiches! Cut an apple into thin slices, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to remove the cores. Spread some peanut butter on one side and top with anything else you'd like in your sandwich (granola, chocolate chips, etc.), then place another apple slice on top. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and the fiber from the apple will help keep you feeling full all afternoon.

Instead of buying a card from a store, make your own! This is the perfect opportunity for your children to get creative with construction paper, glitter, pom poms, etc. to share their love.