3 Healthiest Valentine's Treats From Trader Joe's, Says Dietitian
If you want to give the love of your life something tasty for Valentine's day but don't exactly have time to make a romantic dinner or homemade dessert, then you might want to opt for some store-bought delights instead.
In that case, Eat This, Not That! medical review board member Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LD, CLEC, has offered her expert suggestions for the best, healthiest Valentine's Day treats from Trader Joe's. Keep reading to see her top choices, and then check out 6 Things You'll See at Costco This Year.
Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
There are plenty of health-related reasons to eat dark chocolate. On Valentine's Day, you and your special someone can enjoy the fact that it tastes divine while coating cherries (which are also quite a healthy fruit, by the way).
"Dark chocolate-covered cherries are just screaming Valentine's Day, thanks to the natural redness that the cherries provide," Manaker tells Eat This, Not That! "These treats are packed with heart-healthy antioxidants thanks to the real fruit and chocolate combo. The dark chocolate is a natural source of magnesium, which can help people feel calm."
Milk and Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
The pairing of chocolate and nuts is one of the tastiest joys in life, which is why Trader Joe's milk and dark chocolate-covered almonds are such a scrumptious choice for a healthy Valentine's Day treat.
Of course, they're also a relatively healthy option thanks to the fact that, as Manaker notes, almonds naturally contain calcium, magnesium, and potassium—"three ingredients that support heart health. While these treats may seem decadent, they're actually a nutrient-rich nosh that is surprisingly satisfying."
Mini Chocolate Chip Pancake and Waffle Mix
If you want to surprise your special someone with breakfast in bed on Valentine's Day, make it an extra special treat with Trader Joe's mini chocolate chip pancake and waffle mix.
"They make for a perfect starter for homemade pancakes," Manaker says. "Adding some ground flaxseeds into the mix can elevate the nutrition in these already delicious pancakes. Top them with fresh sliced berries and 100% pure maple syrup for a breakfast that is packed with nutrition. And if you feel up to it, make your pancakes heart-shaped for a little more romance."
To find out more about healthy options at Trader Joe's, be sure to read 5 Healthiest New Trader Joe's Foods, According to Dietitians.