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Not a Big Fan of Candy? Try These Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Whether it is a friend, relative or romantic partner, you want the best for them, right? Instead of giving the usual super sugary candy hearts and overloading loved ones with boxes of milk chocolates, here are four healthier options to share.

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are pretty standard fare on Valentine’s Day, but remember, not all chocolates are created equal.  Dark chocolate is always what you should be looking for when indulging because of its numerous health benefits.  It is full of antioxidants, can help lower blood pressure, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Strawberries are also high in antioxidants, as well as potassium and vitamin C. To order, click here.

Dark Chocolate Dipped Caramel Apples

All right, so the caramel is a bit decadent, but with the health benefits of dark chocolate and the apple, it’s ok to have a little fun.  Apples can lower cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and help to manage diabetes.  To order a Chocolate Petit Caramel Apple customized with your sweetheart’s name, click here

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

So, maybe fruit isn't your Valentine’s thing.  Almonds are great for their abundance of healthy fats, magnesium, fiber, protein and vitamin E. They can also lower cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. To order, click here.

Edible Arrangements

Not everyone likes chocolate (gasp!).  In this case, an edible arrangement is perfect. This one features grapes (which are high in antioxidants), pineapples (which are high in fiber), and strawberries.  To order, click here

On a budget?  A fun, less expensive option is to make dark chocolate covered strawberries.  Plus, your Valentine is sure to love anything handcrafted personally by you.  See the video below for instructions and Happy Valentine’s Day from PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT! 

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