When I think of Valentine’s Day, I immediately envision heart-shaped sugar cookies, cupcakes with pink frosting and chocolate upon chocolate upon chocolate (and of course my husband).
Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, is the perfect time to splurge on savory meals and decadent desserts.
It’s an excuse to get cozy and romantic during the dreary months of winter. My waistline is the last thing on my mind.
I’m sure it’s one of the reasons so many people bail on their New Year’s resolutions.
Well, I’m happy to say that after searching high and low, I’ve found some healthy, pink recipes that are sure to be big hits this Valentine’s Day.
This list includes desserts (of course), small bites and even main courses all beautifully rose-colored.
Healthy Pink Recipes for Valentine’s Day
1. Healthy Pink Snacks
- I shared my Beet Hummus a few weeks ago, and I still can’t get enough of this dish. It’s such a yummy, healthy alternative to other veggie dips.
- My son is obsessed with yogurt right now. He also hasn’t met a berry he hasn’t loved. What could be better than combining the two? Dip strawberries into yogurt and freeze them for an easy, tasty snack for you and your toddler. Check out a tutorial on Big Bear’s Wife.
- You can also snack on pink veggies and fruit. Try cutting radishes into a heart shapes or munch on some juicy strawberries, raspberries, cherries or pink lady apples.
2. Healthy Pink Appetizers
- Grapefruit is such a pretty pink fruit. This Everybody Loves the Sunshine Citrus Salad from My New Roots looks like the perfect dish to brighten up a cold, winter day.
- Radishes are another beautifully pink vegetable. You could eat them raw with a little butter and salt or try them in my spicy Black Bean and Radish Salad.
- Throw together a Pink and Green Fruit Salad with watermelon, strawberries, and granny smith apples as seen on Pretty Yummy Foods.
3. Healthy Pink Main Courses
- First up is this beautiful Pasta with Creamy Roasted Beet Sauce from Bell’alimento. I love cooking with beets because they turn everything into such a vibrant color. This pasta is no exception.
- You could also whip up a tasty salmon dish since salmon IS pink. This Salmon with Grapefruit-Pink Peppercorn Glaze from Jan’s Sushi Bar sounds absolutely amazing.
- What about searing up some fresh tuna steaks for a show-stopping Valentine’s dinner? This Seared Ahi Tuna Steak with Wasabi Sauce from Paula’s Healthy Living sounds delicious.
4. Healthy Pink Desserts
- With only five ingredients these Strawberry and Cream Cashew Cookie Bites from Better with Cake are easy to make and an oh-so-pretty shade of pink. My son loves his freeze-dried fruit, so I can’t wait to try these out.
- Grapefruit is one of my favorite flavors, so I can’t imagine not loving this Homemade Fresh Grapefruit or Pomegranate Jello from The View from Great Island.
- Or, you can dip strawberries in some melted dark chocolate for some good antioxidants. Head over to Fed & Fit for 5 Tips for Perfect Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.
5. Healthy Pink Drinks
- I can definitely get on board with this Raspberry Almond Chia Smoothie from DelightfulE Made. It’s all of my favorite flavors packed into one amazing drink.
- Or, you can try this Strawberry Coconut Smoothie from Mom on Timeout. Strawberry and coconut- what a great combo!
- What’s Valentine’s Day without a little alcohol? Try this Sugar Free “Skinny Girl” Strawberry Mint Spritzer from Linda Wagner.
Do you have any healthy pink recipes to share? Let me know in the comments below!