Valentine’s Ideas!!!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be filled with candy hearts and boxes of cheap chocolate to be fun!  You can still make fun and tasty treats that are better for you and the kids!

These treats can also be made anytime of the year not just Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Sunbutter Fudge with Pink Coconut Sprinkles

Fluffy Coconut Mousse with Coconut Sprinkles

Peppermint Filled Chocolates

Cupid Hearts made with Pineapple and Tangerines

Crayon Hearts

First, let me explain how to make the “pink sprinkles.”  I used Rawxy’s idea from her blog to color dried shredded coconut with beet juice to make the coconut turn pink…mine took on a sort of purple color though….it still looked super pretty!!  I just took 1 cup of dried coconut flakes and placed them in my food processor then added in drops of pure beet juice until I reached the desired color.

I placed them into my toaster oven at the lowest setting and left the door open so they didn’t cook…I just wanted them to dry out.  Place in an airtight container and use for any of the following recipes.

Chocolate Sunbutter Fudge with Pink Coconut Sprinkles

1/2 cup soaked dates

1/2 cup of the soak water from the dates

2 tbsp. Sunbutter

1 cup melted coconut oil or coconut butter

2 tbsp. cacao powder or cocoa powder

Blend dates and water until smooth.  Add in Sunbutter and coconut oil.  Pour into molds of any shape and top with pink coconut sprinkles. Place in freezer for about an hour.

Fluffy Coconut Mousse with Coconut Sprinkles

1 can full fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated for 10-12 hours

2 tbsp. maple syrup

10-20 drops of beet juice

Open the refrigerated can of coconut milk -it will be solid like in the picture.  Spoon out the solid layer and discard the water that is at the bottom of the can.  Place the thick cream into a bowl.

Add in maple syrup and beat with beaters until mixed.  Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture.

To the remainder of the mixture add in drops of beet juice and beat.

Layer the pink and the white in a decorative glass and sprinkle with pink coconut sprinkles.

Peppermint Filled Chocolates

Chocolate:

1 cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp. cacao powder or cocoa powder

1 tbsp. maple syrup or agave

Mix well and pour a bottom layer into molds.  Place in freezer to harden. Set the remainder of the chocolate aside.

Peppermint Filling:

1 can of coconut milk refrigerated 10-12 hours

drops of peppermint extract

2 tbsp. of maple syrup

Use the same method as the mousse recipe above except add in the drops of peppermint extract before beating with beaters.

Take harden chocolate out of freezer and place a layer of the peppermint on top.  Place back in freezer for 10 minutes.  The filling will not be solid but firm enough to pour the top layer on.  Return back to freezer for 1 hour to firm up all layers.

Cupid Hearts made with Pineapple and Tangerines

1 pineapple

1-2 small tangerines

skewers

Cut the pineapple into rounds each piece being about 1/2 -1 inch thick.  Cut off the outer layer.

Now using a knife start cutting a heart shape out of each piece.

Serve them as a tower of hearts

or arrange them on a plate

or using a skewer pierce through the heart sideways add 2 pieces of tangerines to the end.  Cut 1 segment and cut it into a triangle shape and add to the top of the skewer.

Crayon Hearts

Peel the paper off some old crayons.  Break them into smaller pieces and place them into molds.  Bake at the lowest temperature setting that your oven will allow.  Only bake until melted.

Let cool and then place into freezer to harden.  Turn molds over and pop out the crayon hearts.  I had to work with a few and use a knife to loosen.

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Review for Superfood Snacks

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Here is what I received:

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Pinkalicious! Purplicious! Goldilicious! Smoothies

We all know how hard it is sometimes to get our kids to eat their fruits and vegetables.

Sometimes I actually don’t blame them!!

I wouldn’t want to eat overcooked green beans that look like wilty dead worms either!!

Kids today are not eating the recommended daily amounts of fruits and veggies…..

sometimes they don’t even eat a single fruit or veggie unless you count french fries and ketchup!! Which I don’t consider to be a serving of veggies unless I make the fries homemade with sliced potatoes and bake them myself….then I might consider it!!!

Regardless, it’s hard to get 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies into our kids diets EVERYDAY!!!

UNLESS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You make them smoothies!!!!!

Smoothies are a great way to pack in lots of servings of fruits and sometimes sneak in some greens or veggies too!

Sometimes though even that doesn’t work…….so you may have to get really creative!!

How about making THEMED smoothies and turning it into a fun activity!

FOR EXAMPLE:

PINKALICIOUS SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 cup strawberries, cherries, or raspberries (or a combo of all)

1-2 bananas

if needed even add some natural sweetener like agave, stevia, or maple syrup

Blend and serve with a pink straw!!  Read the story Pinkalicious while drinking!!!

My 2 kids and my niece LOVED these yummy smoothies!!!

or try  a

GOLDILICIOUS SMOOTHIE!!

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 mango

1-2 bananas

optional: frozen peaches or nectarines (I threw a few slices into this smoothie to add a more golden color to it)

if needed even add some natural sweetener like agave, stevia, or maple syrup

Blend and serve with a yellow straw!!  Read the story Goldilicious while drinking!!!

MMMMMMMMMMMM…………………………..

Maybe try a

PURPILICIOUS SMOOTHIE!

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 cup blueberries

(frozen are best~if you use fresh then the smoothie will thicken quite fast and turn into a pudding like consistency)

1-2 bananas

1 cup of strawberries, raspberries or cherries (or a combo)

if needed even add some natural sweetener like agave, stevia, or maple syrup

Blend and serve with a purple straw!!  Read the story Purplicious while drinking!!!

I love the idea of themed smoothies…..

BUT

these are quite GIRLY~~~~~so if you need an idea for a more BOY THEMED smoothie~~~~~~

How about:

Dinosaur Dinner Smoothie

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1-2 bananas

1 mango

1/2 cup – 1 cup baby spinach

if needed even add some natural sweetener like agave, stevia, or maple syrup

Blend and serve with a green straw!!  Read the story How Do Dinosaurs Eat their Food while drinking!!!

Maybe …….just maybe…..

you can talk your kids into thinking that dinosaurs would LOVE these smoothies…….

and that they should love these smoothies too…….

Good luck and let me know if this works for you!!!!!!!

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