Love Valentine’s Day + Love the yummy treats, BUT hate the unwanted calories?
That is why I created these Valentine treats that love you back!
You must try these 5 Valentine Treats as they taste amazing, are so very easy to make, and are healthier than you can even imagine! And it doesn’t even have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy these savoring goodies. You will want to continue to include them in your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! So get ready to enjoy the delicious taste and flavors without the unwanted calories. You can truly enjoy these Valentine treats that love you back! ⇢I bet you can’t guess what the gorgeous, “pretty in pink” item is in the middle of the picture . . . . read below to find out!
You W💗n’t Believe these Decadent Brownies
3 T. olive oil
12 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. espresso powder or instant coffee (I used Medaglia D’Oro espresso coffee powder)
pinch of salt
Heat oven 350 degrees. Cover an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper (excess hangs over the sides) and then lightly spray with cooking spray. Place a medium heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. In the bowl, warm the oil and half of the chocolate. Continuously stir until all melted. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add flour and espresso powder and salt. Stir until smooth. Let batter cool, then add remaining chocolate chips . Pour batter into pan and bake until set, between 20 – 25 minutes. Cool completely then cut into 16 squares. Enjoy! ✲ These are my favorite brownies EVER!!!!!
🔆I 💗 Chocolate and it’s NOT just for the delicious taste, it is nutritious too (within moderation)! Cocoa’s active plant chemical, called flavanols, help keep your heart healthy by dilating blood vessels and improving blood flow. The darker the chocolate the better the benefits!
Toast to These All Day L💗ng
1 slice toasted Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread (the best bread ever)
1 T. whipped cream cheese
fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blue berries)
Optional: 1 tsp. shredded coconut, almonds
Toast the bread, spread the cream cheese on top, and then place berries over cream cheese. I sprinkled coconut on top of the berries, and it was delicious. ✲ As for the taste; the strawberry toast was on the sweeter side and the raspberry toast was a bit more tart.
You-Gotta L💗ve Yogurt Bark
1/2 c. 2 % Siggi’s yogurt (this is my favorite)
1/4 c. fresh berries (combination or individual: strawberry, raspberry, blueberry)
2 T. roasted and chopped almonds
1 tsp. honey
Line baking dish with parchment paper. Combine yogurt with the berries, almonds and honey. Spread mixture evenly (about 1/4″ thick) in dish and freeze until hard, about 3 hours. Serve. ✲ I suggest eating once removed from the freezer, as it will soften quickly.
Hooked 💗n Hummus “Pretty in Pink”
8 oz. plain hummus (the more seasoned, the more flavorful)
2 large beets, chopped
Optional: salt, pepper, fresh squeezed lemon, garlic, onion salt
Puree hummus with beets until smooth and get ready for the pretty in pink color. That’s it! Serve with fresh veggies and pita chips. ✲ The more beets the darker the pink color, less beets the lighter the pink color.
Cherry Smoothie Inflammati💗n Reducer
1 c. 2 % Siggi’s yogurt (this is my favorite)
1/2 c. frozen dark cherries
1/2 c. tart cherry juice
2 T. almond butter
2 T. GreatLakesGelatin Collagen (this is my favorite & I believe the best collagen out there; they have been in business over 5o+ years )
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if you want the smoothie thicker. Sip & enjoy! ✲ I add the collagen every single day to my smoothie or hot tea for my joints, skin & hair!
🔆Tart Inflammation Reducer! The tart cherry juice has shown to reduce muscle soreness by reducing inflammation. Then the yogurt & almond butter contains magnesium, which helps relax tight muscles. Plus, the collagen contain amino acids to build bone and joint tissue and can help reduce joint pain.
Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU and Your Loved Ones!
Christie, “your personal trainer to Get Fit & Stay Fit”
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