It’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without chocolate. But if you or a loved one are working to maintain kidney health with a low-oxalate diet, oxalate-packed chocolate can disrupt the holiday. For romantic treats that won’t break your diet, we’ve got you covered. Check out these low-oxalate chocolate substitutes for a sweet and healthy Valentine’s Day this year.
- White Chocolate
White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate – it’s missing the oxalate-packed cocoa powder that gives traditional chocolate its distinctive look and taste. Instead, white chocolate is made with cocoa butter and milk, and sweetened with sugar and vanilla.
So if you’re looking for that classic Valentine’s box of chocolates or chocolate heart, just opt for the kidney-friendly white chocolate versions.
- Tapioca Pudding
Tapioca pudding is a sweet, low-oxalate dessert to finish a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Not only is this dish low in oxalate, it also carries other nutritional benefits when eaten in moderation; it’s a good source of carbs, vitamins, and calcium, which also makes it a favorite among those following Paleo and vegan diets.
- Hard Candies
Not all traditional Valentine’s Day treats are off-limits for those on a low-oxalate diet. Hard candies are made mostly with sugar and/or corn syrup, so while it’s important to enjoy them in moderation, you don’t have to worry about them derailing your oxalate intake for the day.
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A thoughtful, homemade dessert can be more meaningful than a standard box of chocolates. Oatmeal cookies are a kidney-friendly treat that even beginner bakers can use to impress their loved ones this Valentine’s Day (you can go a step further with a heart shaped cookie cutter). Use raisins, which are low-oxalate, for that sweet kick.