Who remembers the days when a valentine was just a little piece of cardboard torn along perforated lines with a Care Bear or He-Man telling you how awesome you are? So simple. I guess those are still around (maybe not He-Man...) but hardly a valentine is exchanged without a treat attached, am I right?
Don't get me wrong--I am not lamenting this. I like treats! And I adore all the creative ways out there for sharing the love during this fun holiday. But as I parent, I also know the challenge of monitoring the consumption of all that sugar. So, this year I decided to do my part to ensure that the constuction paper-covered shoeboxes your kids bring home contain a bit of nutritional value amid all the lollipops and Fun-dips.
I'm sharing two printable valentines (already laid out several to a sheet for easy printing) that can be attached to granola bars. You can certainly use store-bought bars, but if you want to go the homemade route, I will include a link to my favorite granola bar recipe (which happens to be my first blog post!).
You can find the recipe for these bars here.
I added chocolate chips and red M&Ms (and left out the raisins) to the dough to make them more Valentine-y.
Click here for a page with "Love Raises The Bar" printable valentines.
Click here for a page with "You are the Best, Bar None" valentine.
Participating in these link-ups.