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Healthier Sweets for Your Sweetheart PDF Print E-mail
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, heart-shaped confections. 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
melons
Cutting board
Green dry erase marker
Kitchen and paring knives
Melon baller
Assorted cookie cutters (X, O and heart
shapes), if desired
Wooden skewers
Toothpicks
Strawberries
Fruits to make fruit salad filling
Large bowl and spoon
Wash watermelon under cool running water
and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon
on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from
stem end being careful not to cut too deep into
white part of rind to provide sturdy base.


With marker, draw scalloped line around
width of middle of watermelon. Use paring
knife to cut along marker line, then separate
the two halves. Use melon baller to scoop out
watermelon for your base.

Cut top half of watermelon in half and use
dry erase marker to draw large set of lips on
one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once
you have general shape, carefully carve away
rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into more
finished look.


Cut remaining 1/4-inch-thick slices and cut
hearts, X's, O's or other shapes, discarding
rind.


Attach lips to top of base using wooden skewers
and toothpicks.
Slice strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch
slices, keeping strawberry tops on for decoration,
if desired. Attach slice of strawberry with
green top to center of each scallop using
toothpick. Use rest of strawberry slices in fruit
salad for fruit bowl.


Place fruit bowl on serving platter, fill with
fruit salad and garnish with slices of fruit cut
into hearts, X's and O's, if desired.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:17