Healthy Heart-Shaped Treats and Paper Snowflakes for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Here in the northeast of America we are having a very snowy Valentine’s Day. Spending the bulk of our days indoor, as snow has been falling heavily outdoors, the kids and I made a beautiful paper snowflake garland with hearts in many of the snowflakes yesterday. If you have cabin fever and are trapped inside due to the weather check out how to make your own Valentine paper snowflakes below. It’s a great activity to help kids learn to use their scissors properly. No matter where you live remember check out our healthy heart-shaped meals to serve the kids today!

Snowy Valentine Garland

To make a paper snowflake garland like we did you simply need white and colored paper, safety scissors, glue sticks, a hole punch, and ribbon. Google “heart-shaped paper snowflake templates” and print out simple patterns. Allow the kids to cut out the snowflakes. Then, glue the snowflakes to Valentine-colored paper such as red, pink, or purple. Punch a hole on top of paper snowflakes and string with ribbon. Tape to a fireplace mantel, door frame, or above a window.

Heart-Shaped Meals

aaaBreakfast: Make Heart-Shaped Pancakes

Make small pancakes. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutters to create heart pancakes. Serve with strawberries and whipped cream.

Lunch: Heart-Shaped Sandwiches

Use a rolling pin to flatten whole wheat bread. Using a cookie cutter we pressed out two hearts per slice of bread. Spread strawberry cream cheese or peanut butter and strawberry jelly between two hearts.

Dinner: Heart-Shaped Pizza

Use store bought pizza dough, a rolling pin, and cookie cutter to make this heart-shaped dinner. Preheat the oven to 450 F degrees. Put a little olive oil on your hands, a pastry mat, and rolling pin. Using a poultry scissor cut the pizza dough into balls the size of a tangerine or baseball (depending on the size of your heart cookie cutter). Roll out each ball of dough, then press out a heart with the cookie cutter. Spread a little pizza sauce on each heart and top with shredded mozzarella cheese (add toppings like pepperoni if the kids like the toppings). Bake in the oven for about 10-minutes or the cheese is golden brown.

Snack: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

All you need are fresh strawberries, Dolci Frutta Hard Chocolate Shell which we found in the produce department of the grocery store, and waxed paper to make this popular Valentine’s treat. Wash and dry the fruit. Remove the lid and seal from the Dolci Frutta Hard Chocolate Shell cup. Microwave the chocolate in the container at half power (medium heat). Stir at 30-second intervals during microwaving until fully melted and smooth. The chocolate wafers will retain their shape until stirred. Dip fruit by the stem or with fork and cool on waxed paper until hardened.

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