This year I decided to approach Valentine’s Day a little differently. Over the past two years I have been trying to teach the kids that they can eat healthier and still enjoy treats from time to time. The value of good things in moderation is my overall goal in training them to make healthy choices. So this year when I put together their treat bags this is what I decided to do:
For each of the boys I tried to purchase gifts that were inexpensive ( I don’t spend much on V-day for the kids) and perfect for their personalities. For John Jr. (9) I purchased a DIY building kit and for my reader Jordan (10) I purchased a book. Instead of filling the bag with candy I opted for fruit cups and fruit squeezers along with one of their favorite full size candy bars. My kids have always loved fruit cups and now they are always asking for squeezable fruit like the Fruit Bursts from Del Monte. When these first came out all I could see them as were baby food type items, but now I purchase these weekly because they are perfect for long car rides. Not only are they a quick and healthy option, but they eliminate messy backseats!
Don’t tell the kids but this year they got both fruits and veggies for Valentine’s Day! The Del Monte Fruit Burst fruit + veggie contain 3/4 of a cup of fruits and vegetables, but they would have had to read the label to know that! 😉
For the girls I did the exact same thing, only instead of the building kit and books I opted for Play-doh for Anna (4), and a Paint Your Own Mug Kit for Lexi (5).
Each gift bag included 2 squeezers, 4 fruit cups, 1 full size candy, 1 gift, and 1 gift bag and tissue paper and I spent around $10 each!
We celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year and the kids absolutely loved their gift bags. I was surprised that the Fruit Blasts were unanimously voted the best treat of the day!