Homesteading with Hyacynth: Simple Swaps for Valentine’s Day

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Homesteading with Hyacynth is a monthly look at ways to lead a healthy, greener, more sustainable life. My intent with Homesteading with Hyacynth is to offer genuine, practical experiences and humorous and helpful tips. Of course, I am not a medical professional so these are my tips and what worked for my family.

Simple Swaps for Valentines Day

While I love a day that celebrates love, I don’t love the indulgences that come with it.

And it’s not what we all think of that bothers me most — the high calorie counts or the high expectations are nothing compared to my arch-parenting nemesis: food coloring.

More than most anything else, I don’t love the treats that come home and are chalked full of food coloring, because …
it’s kind of hard to celebrate love and go to my happy place with our tiny valentines when my big valentine and I kinda at the end of our ropes with children who are buzzing high on sweets and red dye number 40.

{Where *does* red dye number 40 come from anyway?}

Because I don’t want to be a stick in the mud when it comes to my little valentines, we’ve come up with some simple swaps for the big day of love that leave us with that loving feeling instead of that “you’ve got to put the kids to sleep before I lose my cool” feeling:

Here are some fantastic Valentine’s Day Simple Swaps.

Not up for an afternoon in the kitchen but still want to try and avoid some of unappealing candy ingredients?

Instead of Candy Hearts or the like, try one of these:

  • Super Star Gummies from Whole Foods in Deerfield {or take a shot at making your own with this whole-foods recipe from Mommypotamus.}
  • Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops {perfect for taping onto valentine’s day cards!} from Earthly Goods in Gurnee, Murphy’s in Libertyville or Whole Foods in Deerfield.
  • Mini-cupcakes from Cacao in downtown Grayslake or Lake Bluff train station

Are you gluten-free {or have other food allergies} and want to surprise your valentine without trying your hand at whipping something up in the kitchen?

  • *op over to Lulo’s Cuban Cafe in Prairie Crossing and surprise your valentine with Lemon Almond Polenta Cake, Love Rocks or any number of other gluten-free treats. {It might be best to call ahead and preorder!}
  • Bring home a cinnamon roll from Sweet Ali’s Bakery in Hinsdale or stop at your local Egg Harbor Cafe {Libertyville, Lincolnshire, and Lake Forest} and pick one {or a few!} up!
  • Head over to Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery in Evanston and marvel at the number of gluten-free or dairy-free {or any number of allergen-free} delicious desserts!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

About Melissa Haak 781 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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