Next week is Valentine’s Day. Everyone enjoys the day from small children to grandparents. Today let’s discuss ways to provide healthy fruit treats for kids and adults that involve a heart shape. Remember Valentine’s Day treats don’t have to be red.
I. Cut fruit
Cut fruit into heart shapes. Since Valentine’s day falls in February, look at what fruit is available in your area. Several years ago I made brunch for a friend with regular chocolate pancakes and heart-shaped strawberries. It was a simple meal with a festive Valentine-inspired table.
Strawberries are being harvested in central Florida in February and March as it is a cool weather food. Summer in Florida is way too hot for strawberries. I used a paring knife to remove the stem and notch the top of each strawberry. They are little hearts now.
Cutting hearts also works well with small melons for a multi-colored plate of fruit treats. These little hearts were made with cookie cutters.
A slice of watermelon can make lots of little hearts.
II. Use a Heart-Shaped Bowl or Plate
If you don’t have time to cut lots of fruit, start with a heart-shaped dish. Berries are perfect for this with no cutting.
Want a mix of fruit? Add berries, pineapple chunks, cut kiwi, grapes, and/or tangerine segments – whatever is in your local market. You now have a cute snack or dessert for Valentine’s Day.
III. Shape Fruit on Plate in Heart Shape
Start with a plate or bowl and add small pieces of fruit in a heart shape. Simple to do. I like white dishes with colorful blueberries. Place a dollop of whip cream in the center of the heart. I suggest having a bowl of just blueberries and one of whipped cream that everyone can spoon onto their saucers.
IV. Tangerine Valentines
Want an alternative to passing out candy valentines to your child’s class? Help your child write heartfelt messages on tangerine skins or decorate them with fun stickers.
I’m wishing you all a fun and tasty Valentine’s Day!
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