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Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.53.12 PMWhoever said playing with your food was a bad thing? In-House Natural Foods Chef, Erin Stewart gives us some of her festive food favs and healthy snacks when the candy aisle approaches at the grocery store!

What is your favorite sweet treat to receive on Valentine’s Day? That’s easy!  Chocolate-covered strawberries!  I grew up eating them with my family every year.  It’s quite decadent, festive and I don’t feel guilty about eating them!  It’s fruit, right?  I created a version myself that is easy and fun to make. GET RECIPE HERE Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.

What delectable dessert would you make or give to others? I have two favorites that come to mind right now.  My very own Chocolate Ganache Tart and Chocolate Avocado Pudding.I made the famous Chocolate Ganache Tart during our Healthy Through The Holidays workshop and it truly is divine!   It’s always nice to bring one over to a holiday party.  Sometimes I’ll have an extra one at the house to nibble on throughout the week. GET RECIPE HERE Chocolate Ganache Tart

My second favorite is my Chocolate-Avocado Pudding!  I made it for my family last year around Easter and I’m pretty sure it is on the list of desserts again for this one, too.  A healthy alternative for your chocolate fix, this recipe is vegan, raw and gluten-free.  It is so yummy! GET RECIPE HERE Chocolate Avocado Pudding

What are the healthiest options when it comes to the candy aisle? Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate Bar – My version of a Nestle Crunch Bar  – Can be found at Whole Foods

Fine & Raw Cacao and Coconut Chocolate Chunky Bonbon  – (handmade in Brooklyn) Can be purchased at Central Market or ordered online