Healthy Valentine's Day Alternative Snacks, Recipe of the Month, February 2019

Easy and satisfying sweet suggestions from Joy Bauer (Nutritionist and featured regularly on the Today show):

1. Chocolate chip-stuffed raspberries

Instead of gobbling down a few chocolate candies with fruity fillings, enjoy 10 chocolate chip-stuffed raspberries for only 35 calories (double the portion and more than quadruple the nutrition). Simply stuff each raspberry with one semi-sweet or dark chocolate chip (flat part outside) — it's that easy. Bonus: These bites are scrumptious, adorable and pack fiber and antioxidants.

2. Frozen pitted cherries

Trade sugar-laden cherry gummies for a bag of frozen, sweet pitted cherries. These colorful gems are oh-so-naturally sweet, and will cost you only 40 calories per half-cup serving. Plus, cherries are rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant which helps fight inflammation and eases joint pain. They can be eaten straight from the freezer bag — it tastes like cherry ices without any of the junk.

This is the eleventh in a series called Timbercrest Healthy Recipe of the Month, part of our effort to become a Healthier Tennessee Neighborhood. To submit a recipe suggestion, Contact Us.  Check out the entire collection of Recipes of the Month.