Heart-Shaped and Healthy: 20 Valentine’s Surprises for Kids

Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday this year, so that means a lot of epic dinners and breakfasts in bed will be postponed until the weekend. But just because you don’t have time for a big production on a weekday doesn’t mean you can’t still put together a healthy Valentine’s Day surprise for the kids. Minor love-based modifications to quick and easy breakfasts, healthy treats in school lunches, simple dinners, and Valentine’s Day desserts are a great way to show a little extra love for your family. Here are 20 fun and healthy ideas, heart-shaped and otherwise, to incorporate into your Valentine’s Day meals.

  • Heart Apples with Valentine Dip 1 of 20
    Smaller kids will love dipping these sweet apples into this yummy pink dip.
    Make heart apples
    Image: Macki West
  • Heart-shaped Hard-boiled Eggs 2 of 20
    Heart-shaped eggs are a healthy and satisfying Valentine's snack.
    Make heart-shaped hard-boiled eggs
  • Pink Lemonade Parfaits 3 of 20
    These gorgeous pink lemonade parfaits feature protein-rich tofu and fresh fruit, making them a festive alternative to typical Valentine's Day sweets.
    Make pink lemonade parfaits
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Fruit Heart Arrows 4 of 20
    These fun fruit shapes are ideal for a love-filled lunchtime surprise!
    Make fruit heart arrows
    Image: Macki West
  • Heart-shaped Sushi 5 of 20
    Candlelit dinners and breakfasts in bed have a duopoly on Valentine's eats. It's time to end that. This heart-shaped sushi is a step in the right direction. Because it uses veggies, it will keep well in a bagged lunch, too. Perfect for a special Valentine's Day school lunch.
    Make heart-shaped sushi
  • Homemade Strawberry Lemonade 6 of 20
    While we try and steer our kids away from juice all the time, the right juice can be a great special treat. This homemade strawberry lemonade features sparkling water, real strawberries and lemon, with just a drizzle of sweetener.
    Make strawberry lemonade
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Heart-shaped Soft Pretzels 7 of 20
    These homemade pretzels are sure to spread the love, and homemade savory treats are a healthier alternative to sugary Valentine's sweets.
    Make heart-shaped soft pretzels

  • Heart-Shaped Veggies 8 of 20
    Turn healthy veggies into a fun treat with these heart-shaped carrots and tomatoes!
    Make fheart-shaped veggies
    Image: Macki West
  • Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty 9 of 20
    This pink frosty is brimming with kid-friendly flavors, and makes for a fun treat that you can feel great about.
    Make strawberry watermelon frosty
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Heart-shaped Whole-wheat Muffins 10 of 20
    The heart shape says "I love you," the berries say "I want you to be happy," and the whole wheat says "I want you to live for a long time." These muffins are perfect if you have trouble expressing yourself.
    Make heart-shaped muffins
  • White Chocolate and Cherry Granola 11 of 20
    Chocolate and cherries go together like hugs and kisses. Serve this white chocolate and cherry granola with milk for breakfast or as snack with lunch.
    Make white chocolate and cherry granola
  • Roast Beet and Carrots Soup with Sour Cream Hearts 12 of 20
    Need a quick and delicious starter to your Valentine's Day dinner? With its red color, sweet flavor, and adorable hearts, this roast beet and carrot soup hits all the right notes.
    Make roast beet soup
  • Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie 13 of 20
    Bring on the pink with this refreshing smoothie made with fresh grapefruit juice and strawberries.
    Make a strawberry grapefruit smoothie
    Image: Brooklyn Supper
  • Blood Orange Creamsicles 14 of 20
    While it's not as classic a combo as strawberries and champagne, blood oranges and cream go together surprisingly well, and they're also a lot more kid-friendly.
    Make blood orange creamsicles
  • Heart-shaped Toast 15 of 20
    A lot of special treats require some serious cooking skills, but this fun idea just requires a knife. You don't have to be a kitchen whiz to do something special for your sweetheart. For a healthier take, skip the white and go for whole wheat.
    Make heart-shaped toast
  • Pink and White Striped Popsicles 16 of 20
    Bold, fruity stripes make for a fun Valentine's treat!
    Make pink and white striped popsicles
  • All-natural Pink Milk 17 of 20
    This is a sweet treat that will take you back to the strawberry milk of your childhood, only it will taste more like actual strawberries. Which is good.
    Head over to Momtastic for an easy pink milk tutorial!
    Image: Stacie Billis
  • Raspberry Coconut Popsicles 18 of 20
    Simple and healthy, these easy popsicles have real raspberries and coconut milk — the perfect pink treat for kids coming home from school.
    Make raspberry coconut popsicles
  • Whole Grain Pinkberry Bagel 19 of 20
    This is a sweet vegan treat that will appeal to non-vegans as well. Great for a Valentine's breakfast if you have to run out the door, or as part of a leisurely breakfast in bed.
    Make whole grain pinkberry bagels
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles 20 of 20
    Red and white are the colors of the day, so these addictive and relatively healthy popsicles make for a great Valentine's Day treat.
    Make strawberry shortcake popsicles
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