Maybe it’s just me, but it sounds much more enticing to spend Valentine’s Day at home, in your own little love nest, than out at an unbearably loud and busy restaurant or bar where babies are crying, couples are either making out or fighting and your server is too slammed to give you the attention you want. Or, maybe you just forgot to make a reservation (since daily to-do lists are out).
Either way, we’ve got you covered with 20 delicious and healthy Valentine’s Day recipes from breakfast (served in bed, preferably) all the way to dessert. Note: If you haven’t already invested in a heart-shaped cookie cutter, do so immediately to make this year — and all future years — much more festive (and easy). Cheers to love and health!
Healthy Valentine’s Day Breakfast-in-Bed Recipes
Red Velvet Green Smoothie
I mean, red velvet and Valentine’s go hand-in-hand — though this smoothie is bereft of the standard sugary red velvet ingredients and is, instead, filled with mostly veggies and some beets for the rich red velvet color to jump start your Valentine’s Day.
Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
This is the mack-daddy of breakfast sandwiches for Valentine’s Day — it has all the good stuff: avocados, sweet potato, kale and eggs. And it’s Paleo!
Three-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
You’re bound to have these three ingredients laying around in your kitchen so what better way to utilize them than heart-shaped gluten-free pancakes?
Overnight Oats with Raspberry-Chia Jam
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, an overnight prep might be the way to go to have enough time for a celebratory morning.
Loaded Baked-Omelet Muffins
Another healthy make-ahead breakfast for your valentine. Though making them heart-shaped isn’t required, it certainly won’t hurt.
Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes
Roasted Beet Pasta with Lemon and Dill
Beet pasta is straight-up sexy, healthy and it keeps with the Valentine’s Day color scheme. #winning.
Greek Shrimp with White Beans, Tomato Sauce and Feta
This stew-like dish is the perfect protein-packed light meal that will fill you up and won’t make you feel guilty about eating dessert. Opa!
Pork Chops with Dijon Thyme Mushrooms
This gussied-up pork chop is oh so different from the boiled pork chops your grandma used to make. Meat and a side of veggies are the perfect simple meal for a V-Day at home.
Butternut Squash Baked Risotto
Ah, risotto: the dish perfect for any special occasion. This version with made with butternut squash and kale hits the balance of indulgent but healthful — gotta keep it balanced, y’all.
Pesto Chicken Zoodles
This recipe is super easy to follow and you could basically put pesto on a shoe and it would still taste delish.
Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Avocado Truffles
This recipe is super flexible for all dietary restrictions. And if you haven’t experienced the magic of avocado and chocolate together, the time is now.
Apple Rose Tart
A beautiful day has to end with a beautiful dessert, and this rose-shaped apple tart is just the way to do it. Sweet, fruity and, above all, pretty.
Vegan Pecan Caramel Clusters
These bite-sized angels are a healthier version of their cousin, the turtle, which we are all so fond of because they contain the big three: chocolate, caramel and nuts.
Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars
You would never know this recipe isn’t made with cream cheese or actual chocolate, but nevertheless, here they are — in all of they’re creamy and chocolatey glory!
Sautéed Apples & Pears with Coconut Butter
With no added sugar, whole fruits and hint of coconut, these babies are the perfect end to your Valentine’s Day. Bonus: they’re ready in under ten minutes!
Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes
Blood Orange Rosemary Fizz
Freshly squeezed blood oranges and fresh sprig of rosemary are a must for this healthy cocktail. Shaken with your choice of vodka or gin, this jazzy number is liquid motivation to start cooking dinner.
This sangria is the perfect pitcher cocktail to plop on the table to share during dinner. Sure, it’s still sangria — but it’s packed with antioxidant-rich fruits to help cancel out any guilt.
Jasmine Green Tea Martini
Ooooh! A green-tini that you can make at home. The elderflower liquor plays up the herbal notes from the jasmine tea and adds a bit of sweetness too, resulting in a balanced and refreshing cocktail to celebrate your love.
Being the whiskey girl that I am, I couldn’t leave a Manhattan off the list. Fresh figs give a modern twist to this traditional cocktail. And, not to mention, figs are kind of heart-shaped!
Strawberry Champagne Mojito
Just rum, fresh mint and lime, lightly sweetened and topped with something bubbly. This recipe makes it a little more romantic with strawberries and champagne without compromising it’s healthful integrity.
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