Feb 13, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a diet-buster—indulge with these recipes even the kids will love!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries (about 20), washed and patted dry


  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a glass bowl, microwave the chocolate, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  2. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip it in the melted chocolate, letting the excess drip off, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. As you set the strawberry down, slide it ½ inch to the side to prevent the formation of a chocolate “foot.” Repeat with the remaining berries.
  3. Refrigerate the strawberries on the baking sheet until the chocolate is firm, at least 30 minutes.
Bonus benefit: Strawberries are chock-full of cancer-fighting

Fruit Kebab Fondue


  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
  • 8 1-inch chunks fresh pineapple
  • 4 strawberries


  1. Place chocolate, cream, vanilla and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Pour the chocolate mixture into a serving bowl.
  3. Place the fruit on skewers for mess-free dipping.
  4. Optional: Pour heart-shaped sprinkles on top of the chocolate for a V-day twist.

Bonus benefit: Bananas provide a powerful punch of potassium, which is necessary for the heart and kidneys to work properly.

Crunchy Fruit Bites


  • 8 buttery round crackers (such as Ritz)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon melted chocolate
  • 1 banana, sliced


  1. Spread each cracker with peanut butter; drizzle with chocolate.
  2. Top the peanut butter and honey layer with a banana slice.
Bonus benefit: Peanut butter contains good fat—the heart-healthy, monounsaturated kind.

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