Valentine's Day is another holiday that is usually full of unhealthy candy and desserts. Although you might not think so, it is possible to have delicious healthy Valentine treats that not only taste good but are also healthy. There are so many real food bloggers that create their own awesome dessert recipes that have no junk in them. I've created this list of recipes I would like to try, they all look so delicious so I wanted to share them with you.
These recipes are all suitable for the candida diet and for diabetics – unless noted where a substitution should be made. While on the candida diet or if diabetic, the only sweeteners that should be used are stevia or xylitol (read more about Candida here). With these diets even natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey aren't appropriate. Maple syrup and honey will contribute to candida growth if you are out of balance and it will spike blood sugar for diabetics. Anyone on a real food diet that does not have candida overgrowth or diabetes can obviously use the natural sweetener options with no problem. Natural sweeteners are a healthy alternative to white sugar.
Here are the yummy recipes I promised…
Dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Me (maple syrup can be replaced by stevia)
Homemade Almond Joy Bars from Whole New Mom
Love Bites by Ricki Heller
Chocolate Ganache Brownies from Veggie Nook (Does have a small amount of maple syrup & coconut sugar that could be swapped for stevia & xylitol)
Chocolate Coconut Cubes from Whole Intentions
Coconut Candy by Sugar Free Mom
Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups by Oatmeal with a Fork
Healthy “Reese's” Candy by Whole New Mom
Here's a few more…
So, will you try some of these delicious looking treats for Valentine's Day this year? Holidays are usually the time when we are tempted to eat foods that don't support a healthy lifestyle. Having some yummy and healthy options around instead of the junk is the way to stick to your healthy eating plan. Even I get off track sometimes too, it's not easy to keep to a healthy diet 100% of the time. Recently, I felt the need to go on a whole foods, nourishing cleanse because I wasn't feeling myself. It has really helped me to get back on track and regain my energy so now I am sharing that same cleanse plan with you. The group is forming now and the cleanse starts on February 24, 2014 and we would love to have you join us. Read more about this whole foods cleanse here, The Busy Mom's Winter Cleanse Program, and Join us now!
What healthy treats will you make this Valentine's Day?