Let’s be honest here, the real way to our hearts is food. Food brings people together and what better way to celebrate the upcoming holiday? Here are some Valentine’s Day food ideas that will really add a little love in the air!
Mom Tip: Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder for added protein to keep their tummies full longer!
Valentine’s Day Lunch
I Love You Like Peanut Butter Love Jelly – Heart Shaped Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a surprise in their school lunch? Use a heart-shaped sandwich cutter, and “stamp out” your child’s sandwiches.
Nut-butter and jelly are always a great combo (my daughter prefers almond butter and raspberry jelly).
This can also be done with a lunch-meat sandwich as well. So simple to make. And SO SATISFYING to eat. Perfect to pair with some yummy snacks.
Heart-Shaped Veggie and Hummus Platter:
Cut colorful vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots into heart shapes. Arrange the veggies on a plate in the shape of a heart. Serve with heart-shaped pita slices and a side of hummus.
Love Notes in Your Lunch – Fruit with Valentine’s Day Messages
Tell your loved ones how much you care by leaving them a love note in their lunch-box! All you need is edible markers and whatever fruit you usually pack for your little.
Write cute rhymes, draw hearts, tell your child what you love about them.
Can you imagine the looks on their faces when they open their lunch boxes and see these cute Valentine’s Day fruits with messages?!
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Piece of My Heart – Heart-Shaped Pizza
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids than with this heart-shaped pizza? Frozen bread dough makes this Valentine’s Day recipe come together in no time. Form pizza dough into the shape of a heart.
*Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both offer dough, pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings for an easy grocery run.
Have your kiddos help you cover with their favorite toppings. Bake according to directions.
Valentine’s Day Desserts
Valentine’s Day Cookie – Dipped Oreos
Make a special treat for your valentine that they’re sure to love! These are super easy to make. All you need is Oreos, melting chocolate (in either red or pink), and Valentine’s Sprinkles!
Simply melt chocolate, dip Oreos, sprinkle with sprinkles. Let dry. ENJOY.
Heart-Shaped Strawberry Shortcakes
Cut heart shapes from layers of shortcake or biscuits. Layer the hearts with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Top with an additional heart-shaped shortcake piece and more strawberries.
Cupid’s Heart Strawberry Float – Dessert Drink
This fun Valentine Drink takes a twist on the Classic Root Beer Float! Use strawberry soda and mix with ice cream for a yummy Valentine’s Day dessert drink.
Top with whipped cream and maraschino cherries for that fun “cherry on top”.
What Food Tugs at Your Heart?
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with food? We would love to hear your Valentine’s Day food ideas – so tell us below in the comments!
Sarah Bear Rively is a Reno resident for over 30 years and loves the uniqueness of Northern Nevada. Sarah and her husband are parents to a sassy, smart, considerate “three-anger". Sarah has spent the majority of her career helping Reno’s at-risk populations through non-profit and social service work. She now proudly works for the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Sarah considers herself a fun-loving person who enjoys laughing, getting creative, helping the community, and spending time with family. You can follow her in real life on Instagram and TikTok.