Healthy Valentine treat ideas to give as gifts, take to school, and give to your friends that are easy to make and come with cute phrases.
Ooo! I've seen so many cute ideas for Valentine's Day! I've loved all of the cute sayings and things that are attached to a treat. One thing I noticed though is thatnot too many were the kinds of treats that I would want my kids to come home with. I have a hard time giving out things that I wouldn't want in return. Now don't get me wrong. I love sugar, but they just get SO much in one day. Why not be the one to provide a little non-sugary treat?HealthyValentine treats anyone?
So here are some great healthy(ish) snacks to hand out on Valentine's Day. One thing I kept in mind was price; these are healthy and inexpensive treats! I have a friend with 3 kids in elementary school and 1 in preschool. Between the 4 of them, she needs to have almost 100 Valentines ready to hand out! That is seriouscommitmentto the Valentine if you ask me.
The Dollar Store really did me good this year! The little baggies (which are the zip close kind) were 40 for $1. The little foam heart stickers were also there in a pack of 240 stickers!
Lots of the ideas are prepackaged so they can be taken to school and fall into the categories of gluten-free, egg free, dairy free...all good options for kids with special diets! Most of the sayings aren't super mushy either, just fun!
1. I'm Wild About You, Valentine
Treat: Animal Crackers (Giant 2 pound bag for $2.59, makes at least 30 bags)
How to: Fill up a little baggie with animal crackers, fold animal print paper over the edge of the baggie and staple it, glue the sheet of paper with your words on it to the animal print (to cover the staple).
2. Knock, Knock
Orange you glad it's Valentine's Day?
Treat: Fresh Orange
How to: Cut a 4 inch long heart out of green paper, write the first 4 lines of the joke on the front. I added little lines to make it look like 2 leaves. Cut a smaller light green heart, write the last line of the joke on it, and glue it to the back. Wrap 2 orange pipe cleaners around an orange, poke end through green hearts and twist to secure. Add a foam heart "cutie mark" (My Little Pony reference, for all you mothers of little girls).
3. Fruity Valentine
Have a "berry" great Valentine's Day! (strawberry or raspberry fruit leather)
You are the apple of my eye! (apple fruit leather)
You are "grape"! Happy Valentine's Day! (grape fruit leather)
Treat: Stretch Island Fruit Co. all-natural fruit strips (from Costco)
How to: Cut a 3.5 inch by 7 inch piece of paper. Fold the paper around the fruit leather and secure with a glue stick on the back. Cut another piece of paper and write your saying on it. Attach with glue. Embellish with stickers.
4. Let's stick together, Valentine!
Treat: Cheese stick
How to: Cut a piece of paper 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. Cut two holes about the size of a penny in the paper about one inch from each end. Add saying and embellish with stickers. Insert the cheese stick into the holes as shown. This is a great gluten-free, prepackaged idea!
5. You are a natural! Happy Valentine's Day!
Treat: Nature Valley Granola Thin, or any other granola bar (These came in a box of 36, individually wrapped at The Dollar Store! That makes them about 3 cents per treat. Don't worry. I bought 5 boxes!)
How to: Cut paper slightly bigger than your granola bar. Write your saying on the paper and use a glue stick to attach the granola bar right to the paper!
6. It's Valentine's Day! What's "knot" to love?!
Our class would "knot" be the same without YOU!
Treat: Pretzels or if you are a real thrill seeker, chocolate-covered pretzels.
How to: Fill your treat bag. Cut a large heart and staple it to the top of the bag. Cut a smaller heart, write your message on it, and gluestick it to the bigger heart (covering the staple). You can make a rectangle top by cutting a paper as wide as you'd like and twice as long. Fold the paper in half and staple to the top of the filled treat bag. Glue another paper with your saying on top to cover the staple.
Now Snapple isn't something I would give away to every kid in the class, but it would make a cute teacher gift or something nice to stick in the hubby's lunch box!
7. You're the snApple of my eye!
Treat: Snapple Juice
How to: Cut a large heart and write your saying on it (outline it with another paper if you like). Put a piece of tape in the middle of a pipe cleaner and attach it to the back of the heart. Twist the pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle.
These were a blast to make. I hope you can use the ideas!
Do you have any other ideas that I didn't think of? What are you sending your kids to school with this year?
You might also like these simple chocolate desserts and Valentine’s treats:
- Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Popcorn
- Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
- How to: Healthy Valentine Treats to Give Away
- Super Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies (Makes 6 Cookies!)
- Homemade Chocolate Fondue
And here are some of my favorite Valentine’s craft ideas:
- Valentine’s Mailbox for the Whole Family
- How to: Felt Heart Garland
- Painted Heart Valentine’s Craft for Kids
Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!
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Thank you for the inspiration! We featured your yogurt bites as a Valentine’s Day snack recipe on our recent round up post -> http://www.brashearkids.com/2015/02/round-up-10-healthy-valentines-day.html
We would love for you to check it out!
I mean we featured your Animal Cracker Valentine snack on our recent blog post.
Got any cute quotes for giving pink grapefruit? My first grader's teacher loves pink grapefruit so that's what she's getting 🙂
Hhhmm. "I think you're GRAPE" and just forget the fruit? That a tough one...
Yeah true I could do that. Thank you!
Thank you sooo much! I have a 1yr. old boy who has a dental condition & I was feeling downhearted that I couldn't give him a good valentine, until I found your blog. Him & his older brother will now be getting an animal cracker, snApple, & valentine stuffed animal combo, today! Now I get to feel excited for them both. 🙂
This totally made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and Happy V-day 🙂
These are great, healthy alternatives...thanks for sharing your ideas! We were just told no candy in the classroom for Valentine's Day so I almost panicked having prepared my son's cards and treats last week.
These are wonderful! My kiddos made the orange valentines for their teachers and my oldest chose to make the fruit leather valentines for his classmates...thanks for a fun twist on Valentine's Day treats!
PS: I think I'm going to suggest a few Valentine ideas next week on my site, do you think I could write a blurb about you and project and link it to you?/g at willowday
I love your ORANGE VALENTINE idea! What a clever idea! (super cool that it's with healthy food and is so neat and easy!) I think I am going to do this with both my children and with my 2nd grader English class! Well done and thanks for sharing! I'll return to your site and would be complimented if you came and visited my brand, new site, too: gina at http://www.willowday.com
I love these! They are super adorable 🙂 I really like this list of heart shaped foods but your healthy valentines spin is awesome too! All great ideas!
So so cute! I feel the same way about treats. For our little preschool we are going to put cream into little baby food jars with marbles and shake em till they turn to butter (I still need to try this and make sure it works) and write "I love you 'butter' than anything!" it'll be for the mamas. But I might steal one of your ideas to give to the kids, thanks for sharing!
Butter is love if you ask me. Mmmm. Butter.
Such a cute idea! Now I may do it for out preschool group too!
All very cute!!!
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This article is about healthy Valentine treat ideas that can be given as gifts, taken to school, or given to friends. The author emphasizes the importance of providing non-sugary treats and offers several creative and affordable options. Here's a breakdown of the concepts used in the article:
Healthy Valentine Treats: The article focuses on providing healthy alternatives to sugary treats for Valentine's Day. The author acknowledges the abundance of sugar on Valentine's Day and suggests giving treats that are not only cute but also nutritious.
Affordability: The author considers the cost of the treats and provides options that are inexpensive. They mention finding affordable supplies at the Dollar Store, such as baggies, foam heart stickers, and other materials for packaging the treats.
Creative Packaging: The article provides step-by-step instructions on how to package each treat idea creatively. It includes using animal print paper and staple to package animal crackers, cutting heart-shaped paper and wrapping it around an orange, folding paper around fruit strips, cutting paper to hold a cheese stick, attaching sayings and embellishments with glue, and more.
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Options: The article mentions that many of the treat ideas are prepackaged and fall into categories suitable for kids with special diets. This includes options that are gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, making them inclusive for children with dietary restrictions.
Sayings and Phrases: The author suggests adding cute sayings and phrases to the treats. Examples include "I'm Wild About You, Valentine," "Knock, Knock. Who's There? Orange! Orange Who? Orange you glad it's Valentine's Day?" and "You're the snApple of my eye!"
Variety of Treats: The article provides a variety of treat ideas, including animal crackers, fresh oranges, fruit leather, cheese sticks, granola bars, pretzels, and Snapple juice. These options cater to different tastes and preferences.
Personalization: The article encourages readers to come up with their own ideas and asks for suggestions. The author also shares some of their favorite Valentine's craft ideas and provides links to related recipes.
Overall, the article offers a range of creative, affordable, and healthy treat ideas for Valentine's Day, with an emphasis on providing alternatives to sugary treats and accommodating special dietary needs.