Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love – love for people and, in the recent past, love for candy and chocolate. Unfortunately, all those sweet treats really stack up, adding calories and sugar to your daily intake. Luckily, there are some options for adding a touch of health to your Valentine’s Day.

For those who don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking, there are some store-bought candies and desserts that fit the bill. For instance, most jellybeans have about 4 calories, meaning you can eat about 43 jelly beans per serving of many mini candy bars. In this case, quantity counts! Other options include popcorn, fruits such as grapes, apples and oranges, dark chocolate squares and chocolate-covered seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, etc.)

If you’re looking to personalize your sweets for the holiday, give one of the recipes below a try. Not only are they full of flavor, but they’re much healthier options than much of what you can find on most store shelves.

Candied Pistachios

Cook time 15 minutes • Makes 4 servings • Serving Size ¼ cup


  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or 2 Tbsp. white sugar)
  • 1 cup whole pistachios, raw


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Whisk together egg white and sugar
  3. Add pistachios, folding into mixture until pistachios are completely covered
  4. Bake 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until coating is bubbly
  5. Remove from oven, loosen pistachios and let cool 10 minutes

Per serving: calories 95, total fat 8g

Banana Oat Cookies

Cook time 15 minutes • Makes 8 cookies • Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Combine all ingredients
  3. Bake 15 minutes, or until cookies are cooked through

Per serving: calories 99, total fat 3g