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Heart Healthy Valentine's Day Treats

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is enjoying February so far. This coming Sunday is Valentine’s Day! A day you may seek to indulge in a few favorite treats and to stray away from the healthy New Year’s resolution. However, you can still treat yourself with healthy, but tasty, treats! This blog discusses some quick, easy alternative foods to share on Valentine’s Day.

There are festive and eye-catching vegetable Valentine’s Day snacks that are easy to prepare and serve. Try celery with peanut butter and dried cranberries, or vegetable based pastries, which is a great fibrous alternative to Valentine’s Day cakes. Other healthier food alternatives include: zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, and apple bread or carrot cake. If you are baking these treats, one idea is to use whole wheat flower instead of white flour. Need a main dish? Create a healthy, veggie pizza, and add heart-shaped tomato cutouts to serve for dinner or to bring it in for a department Valentine’s Day party. You can also dip small pieces of fruit in dark chocolate for a nutritious, sweet snack. The ideas are endless, for more visit Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks. For other healthy snack guidelines, visit our Healthy Snacks webpage.

Following theme of healthy eating. Our next Wellness Webinar is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9th, hosted by Jill Edwards and Diana McCall, of Black Mountain Recreation and Parks. Jill and Diana will be discussing their Eat Smart Black Mountain program. Black Mountain has been extremely successful in creating and maintaining their community gardens and offering healthy eating education. The Eat Smart Black Mountain program works to promote healthy eating and active living through hands-on gardening and nutritious programs.  Register for the webinar to learn more how you can impact your community with a garden like Black Mountains: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7113675677016197121

Lastly, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k is excited to announce registration is now live! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina. Click the following link for more information and to check if there are any race locations by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you have any ideas for healthy alternatives for Valentine’s Day, please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen 

Tags:  Healthy Snacks  Live Healthy  Valentine's Day 

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