Happy Valentine's Day!
Not a bad start to the week, in my opinion! I believe that it's a day for all to celebrate, whether you're coupled up or single. It's a day that celebrates love: with a partner, with friends, with family, and most importantly with yourself. While I love spending Valentine's Day with my boyfriend (this will be our second one together!), it's also a gentle (or I guess, rather blatant) reminder to love myself as much as I love the people around me.
So what does self-love look like? Well, it varies from person to person, depending on what you like and don't like, but a few things are constants. Self-love demonstrates acceptance, respect, and care of one's body, mind, and soul.
For me, this means feeding my body with nourishing, good food and not restricting or calorie counting. It also means pushing my body when I feel the energy and acknowledging when I need to slow down. It means practicing yoga (and I mean a dedicated practice! Not every now and then!), taking time to paint, and running outside. It means hanging out with friends, family, and the boyf, but also cherishing my time alone with myself. It means putting my opinion of who I am above everyone else's and not bashing myself with negative self-talk. It means being happy in the body I was given and with the person that I am.
Here are some things that I like to do for self-love. The list could go on, believe me, but I thought I'd give you a few ideas to kickstart your path to wellness:
Which brings me to my next topic...Chocolate Avocado Mousse! Because what's Valentine's Day without some Chocolate? ;)
This mousse is the bomb. It's loaded with healthy fats that keep your brain going and your bones strong thanks to the yummy avocado! (Side note: I have a deep love for avocado. If we're being honest, I a whole avocado almost every day. No shame!). Thanks to the cacao powder, it's also filled with vital antioxidants that are good for your heart and mind! But the most important part is that every bite is smooth, velvety, creamy, sweet, and chocolatey. Now we're talking.
Did I mention this is also a sugar-free recipe? Yep. No sugar. Zero. None. Nil. Pretty sweet, huh? I used stevia powder to sweeten the mousse, but not the white stevia you find at grocery stores! It's a green powder, the actual stevia leaf crushed up (Psst! Stevia should be green in the first place!). You can buy some here!
And now for the recipe :)
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!! :)
Hey there and welcome! I'm a 20-something-year-old running, painting, and eating my way through NYC. Hope to see you along the way!