Valentines Day treats do not need to be unhealthy.
Avoid the unnecessary sugars, unhealthy fats, and poor quality chocolate (cacao is the way to go!) and make your valentine something sweet in your own kitchen!
I love this recipe (adapted from Doug McNish Eat Raw Eat Well cookbook). It’s loaded with heart healthy fats (bonus…February is heart health month!), tons of minerals from rich cacao powder, and lots of antioxidants from sweet raspberries.
It’s simple to prepare and chances are they won’t last long!
Raspberry Cacao Hemp Hearts
1.5 cups shelled hemp seeds (soak for 30 minutes, discard water)
2 cups organic raspberries (I used frozen)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (melt over low heat till liquid)
In a blender or food processor, combine hemp seeds, raspberries, cacao powder and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Add water and coconut oil and continuing blending until smooth. Spread into a baking dish and freeze for 1-2 hours. Remove from freezer and let sit for 10 minutes to bring to room temperature. Cut into squares or hearts using a cookie cutter.
Looking for other Valentines Day recipe inspirations?
I’ve got you covered!
Check out my:
Chocolate Lover’s Massage Butter
Dark Chocolate Goji Bark
Almond Butter Cups
Happy Valentines Day 🙂
I’ll be the first to admit it….
When it’s this cold outside (-10!), it’s difficult for me to reach into the fridge and grab some greens!
I do it anyways…as eating my greens is super important for feeling incredibly vibrant, but I definitely need to talk myself into whipping up a large salad, or a cold smoothie.
Smoothies and salads are great during the summer months to keep us cool and fuelled!
During the winter, you just need to get a little creative with your greens.
As you know, I’m an avid smoothie drinker and like to think of myself as the Queen of smoothies.
So here’s a simple smoothie recipe that is perfect for the cold winter months.
It contains a mix of ‘warming’ spices that help to heat your internal body temperature while still offering you a whopping dose of minerals and antioxidants from ‘cold’ greens!
Ginger and cinnamon are amazing spices to add to your smoothies as they help to fire up your digestive juices, plus they offer a ton of antioxidants and help to support the health of your liver!
Here’s the recipe…
2 cups spring water
1 cup coconut water
half a pear
half a banana
half a kiwi
juice of half a lemon
large handful of spinach
2 tsp spirulina (Giddy Yoyo makes a great one!)
1 tsp ground or fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, but great to add if this is for breakfast to help keep you full)
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.
Drink & Enjoy!
To Your Health & Abundance,