Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness, and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.


Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special.


This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen.


If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing.


Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage. The healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect snack.


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Frosted Watermelon Cutouts


1                      seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices

4                      brownie bites

1 cup   frosting (any flavor)


Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.


Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board

Servings: 6-8


1/2      medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes

1 cup   fresh raspberries

1 cup   fresh red cherries

1 cup   strawberries, trimmed and halved

1/4      cup      dried cranberries

1/3      cup      roasted, salted cashews

1 cup   chocolate covered almonds

1          dark chocolate bar, broken into squares

1 cup   coconut chips

mint leaves, for garnish


On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish.





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