Valentine’s Day Can Be Yummy AND Healthy! (Q13 FOX News)

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Today, I got to show viewers of Q13 FOX News that Valentine’s Day can be fun, yummy, AND healthy! It was super fun. Check it out!

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Peanut Butter Jelly Apples (P.B.J.A.s)
These are to die for! It only uses 4 ingredients and they are easy to make! Use any shape cookie cutter, but we used a heart for Valentine's Day 🙂
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Ingredients
  1. Apple
  2. Nut butter (100% Valencia peanut butter is best)
  3. Jam or jelly (no-seed jelly works best, and get the brightest red color you can get!)
  4. Fruit leather
  5. Small cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Slice the apples about 1/4 inch thick, horizontally.
  2. Group the slices into pairs that will be used to make the little sandwiches.
  3. For those slices where there is very little core (small enough to just eat), spread peanut butter over the entire slice. Cut a heart-shape (or any shape) out of the other slice, taking out its core. Place it on top of the slice with peanut butter. Add a dollop of jam inside the cut-out, and spread to cover up the cut-out.
  4. For those slices where the core is too tough to eat, use a cookie cutter to cut the core out of both the bottom and top slices. Spread peanut butter over the bottom slice. Take a piece of fruit leather and place it over the hole, and top with the top apple slice. Add a dollop of jam inside the cut-out, and spread to cover up the cut-out.
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I Heart Tomatoes
It's super cute and easy to make - we recommend you watch our video for instructions, since it's easy to show but hard to describe with words!
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Ingredients
  1. Toothpicks
  2. White paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Elmer’s Glue
  5. Plum Tomatoes
  6. Serrated knife and cutting board
Instructions
  1. Cut little arrows out of the white paper and glue them onto the blunt end of your toothpick. Let it dry.
  2. Imagine a line running from the top of the plum tomato (where the stem would be attached) to the bottom. Using a serrated knife or a very sharp knife, cut the plum tomatoes at a 45 degree angle from this line. The shape of the heart will depend on the size and shape of your tomato, and where you cut. We cut it about 2/3 of the way down. Do this with another tomato.
  3. Arrange the two larger pieces of tomato so that the cut sides are touching, so that it creates a heart shape. Pierce both pieces with the arrow toothpick.
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Perfectly Pretty Parfait
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For the smoothie
  1. 1/2-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 frozen organic banana
  3. 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
To assemble
  1. 1 fresh organic banana
  2. 1 cup frozen organic strawberries, thawed (if it's in season, use fresh strawberries)
  3. 1 cup granola
  4. Fruit leather
Instructions
  1. Break the frozen banana into smaller pieces. Place banana, strawberries, and about 1/2 cup of almond milk into the blender. Blend until you have a very thick consistency like sorbet. If it's not blending at all, add a little bit more almond milk. We recommend using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix.
  2. Place a small scoop of the blended smoothie into a cup. Scatter granola over the top. Add sliced fresh strawberries and sliced fresh bananas. Repeat until you have reached the top of the glass. Garnish with more sliced fruit, and heart-shaped fruit leather (you can use any shaped cookie cutter to cut out a shape from fruit leather). Enjoy!
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Kid’s Favorite Tomato Soup
This is a healthy, delicious soup that is delightful to the belly! 😀 Enjoy!
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Ingredients
  1. 8 cups chopped organic fresh tomatoes, (or 2, 28-oz cans of organic tomatoes)
  2. 1/2 onion
  3. 8 whole cloves
  4. 4 cups chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth as well)
  5. 4 tablespoons butter (or dairy-free butter alternative, such as Earth Balance)
  6. 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons white sugar, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Poke the cloves into the onion wedge.
  2. In a stockpot, over medium heat, combine the tomatoes, onion, cloves and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and gently boil for about 20 minutes to blend all of the flavors.
  3. Remove the onions and cloves, and put the soup through the blender until smooth. If you have to do it in 2 batches, pour the smooth soup into a big bowl while you do the next step.
  4. In the now empty stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown.
  6. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form, then stir in the rest.
  7. Season with sugar and salt, and adjust to taste.
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