chocolate covered strawberry Since Valentine’s Day has turned into the International Choco-Fest, we decided to boycott the candy and host a healthy V-party.   Feel free to  modify the ideas and the dishes, to make this party truly your own.  Also, it doesn’t have to happen on Valentine’s day! The best part about this party is  that kids as young as 18 months can participate in preparations, learn basic cooking skills, be creative and have fun.

Food:

Fruit Salad

for 5 servings:

2 large bananas

1 cup quartered strawberries

juice of one orange

1/2 cup apple-juice sweetened dried cranberries

3 quartered red apples

Mix all of the ingredients, except for the juice together. Pour the juice on top and gently toss. Place the salad in white paper cups and tell the kids to draw the person they love on the cup. My kid drew a  tractor.

Smoothie

Blend together:

2 cups of rasberries

1 cup of strawberries

2 bananas

1 cup of ice

3/4 cup of milk or soy milk

Drink immediately through colorful straws.

berries in a glass

Fruit Kebobs

On a cutting board, place an array of colorful fruit, chopped into small pieces. Berries, mangoes, kiwis are all great choices, provided no one is allergic. Give each kid some toothpicks. Each kid should put three pieces of fruit on each toothpick. Then you can do a tasting competition and may the top chef win!

I suggest covering the floor with a plastic shower curtain for this one!

strawberries on a plate

Non-food:

Hearts made of play dough.

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

heart garland

Hearts made of different-colored paper.

Make sure you have kid-friendly scissors and glue: you can stick a few hearts together for a garland or a multi-layered  “look.”

Individual potpourri bags of rose petals

These make great handmade gifts for Moms.

You need a large bag of dried rose petals and a small bottle of rose essential oil. You also need a piece or two of old clothing you no longer need: stained T-shirts work wonders. Get a pair of sharp scissors, a needle and a thread  and you are ready to go!

Cut the Tshirt into squares (the size is completely up to you and the amount of dry petals you have.) Fold each square in half and sew up three out of the four sides. Turn inside out.  Fill the bag up to about 3/4 with the rose petals, sprinkle two drops of rose oil and sew it shut. If your kids are older they can do this project under your supervision. Or, you can show the younger ones how to sew things.

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition, speaks four languages, starred on a yoga TV show, produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs, and is a mother of a kindergartner, twin toddlers, and a newborn. Dr. Anastasia loves doing crafts with her children and sharing her easy healthy recipes and knowledge of health and food with mothers to help them raise healthier families.
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