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|Healthier Sweets for Your Sweetheart|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Wednesday, 29 January 2014 23:05|
It's easy to share in the fun of
Valentine's Day by serving those
you love sweet treats that are a
healthier alternative to ordinary,
Forget the expensive flowers,
wines and chocolates.
To really show you care, be a cupid and give your sweetie healthy, delicious treats that feature juicy watermelon. Naturally dressed in the holiday's hue of vibrant red, using this fabulous fruit in recipes adds color to the spread of any Valentine's Day party, whether large or intimate. Mouthwatering watermelon treats For an elegant, upscale treat, serve Watermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds and is topped with your favorite decadent frosting.
Get the kids in the kitchen with Watermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you really want to make their hearts skip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweetie's favorite fruits for a fresh, flavorful display they'll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand.
For more sweet ideas, visit www.watermelon.org. Watermelon Petit Fours Yield: 12 servings 12 (3-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon 3/4 cup frosting 12 candied almonds Sugar in the Raw, for sprinkling Arrange watermelon cubes on serving platter. Place frosting in zipper bag and trim off bit of one bottom corner. Decoratively pipe frosting onto each watermelon cube. Place almond at top of frosting on each petit four. Sprinkle with raw sugar and serve immediately.
Hearts love watermelon
Beyond adding color and variety to your family's diet, watermelon has other great benefits. Here are a couple of these heart-healthy reasons: * Fresh watermelon is certified by the American Heart Association's Heart Checkmark program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
* Watermelon is the primary source of an amino acid called citrulline found in fruits and vegetables. Citrulline can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function.
Bonus benefits Your sweetie will love that they can indulge in the sweetness of the holiday without the guilt or inflated waistline caused by traditional Valentine's Day treats.
A naturally low-calorie option, watermelon also boasts the following benefits: * Vitamin A: Known to enhance eye health and boost immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells. * Vitamin B6: Helps the immune system produce antibodies which fight diseases.
* Vitamin C: Boosts the immune system's defenses against infections and viruses. It also protects the body from harmful free radicals which accelerate aging.
Lips and Love Basket
1 to 2 long, oval-shaped seedless water
Cut top half of watermelon in half and use
|Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:17|