Valentine’s Day is just 2 weeks away and whether you are having dinner in with your loved one, going out on the town or having your girlfriends over for drinks I want to place a challenge into play. DAMY Health presents “The Little Red Dress Goal.” Valentine’s Day is about love. I want each of you to show yourselves how much you love YOU by picking out a red dress for the special night. Now, not everyone wears dresses so if you will not in any way wear a dress what about a nice feminine red top. I want you to go pick up a sexy red number and plan your night. If you are single invite your girlfriends over for a couple martinis and watch The Sex and the City movie (you can watch it a million times and still giggle). If you have a mate take the night into your own hands and book where you want to go to dinner. OR have a nice night in. Have a couple glasses of wine, dress up in your dress and light some candles. Make this Valentine’s day a night to look forward to and a goal to work towards.
*** (“but we have the kids home that night” – Love can be celebrated with the children too! Have a special dinner with the kids, light the candles, poor some sparkling juice in wine glasses and offer some of the DAMY treats below! Children will love the healthy treats and you will feel great about giving them something yummy but healthy for their developing bodies)
I want to see these outfits and hear about the evening you have planned! Celebrate LOVE! Now, get shopping, think sexy and RED!!
Here are some DAMY friendly sweet, sexy treats for the big day! These treats are great for a sexy night in, to bring to a party, to share and make Valentine’s Day special for your whole family! These recipes are so delightful you will forget that they are on plan. These wonderful recipes knock all those boxed heart shaped treats out of the water! Have a great Valentine’s Day wearing your sexy red, eating sexy/healthy treats!
My Fruity Nutty Chocolate Valentine
We call this recipe a Valentine because of its high ratio of heart-healthy nuts. Plus, by using simple ingredients with no artificial colors and flavors you show you care. Package the completed treat for your Valentine in a pretty container with a love note…and a reminder not to eat it all at once because you want to love them through a long, healthy life!
2 (3-ounce) 365 Everyday Value Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate bars, chopped
1 (1-pound) bag 365 Everyday Value Fruit & Nut Trail Mix, divided
Line a large sheet tray with parchment paper; set aside. Gently melt chocolate, stirring frequently, in a medium pot over medium-low heat, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in all but 1/4 cup of the trail mix and spread the mixture on the lined sheet tray. (Spreading to edges is not necessary.) Sprinkle remaining trail mix on top. Chill in the refrigerator until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Set aside until room temperature, break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
No one will ever guess the secret ingredient in this recipe: black beans!
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
1/3 cup melted vegan butter, coconut butter, OR olive oil (a little more to grease the making dish)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons stevia sugar (you can also use agave)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or carob chips)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter an 8-inch baking pan. Place the black beans, eggs, melted coconut butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract and stevia in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just set in the center. Cool before cutting into squares.
Creamy Cherry Dip
Makes about 2 cups
Serve this rich and creamy dip with strawberries, grapes, sliced kiwis, bananas and pineapple for dipping. So rich and creamy!
1/2 pound cherries (about 2 cups), pitted
7 ounces silken tofu, drained (or non fat greek yogurt)
1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple
1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
Purée all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and frothy. Transfer to a bowl, cover and chill until cold, about 2 hours. Stir well before serving.
Hempseed Apricot Chews
Hempseeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Sweet, nutty, chewy and dense, this snack satisfies that afternoon craving for sweets. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
3 cups (about 1 pound) dried apricots, roughly chopped
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup shelled hempseeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
Line an (8-x-8-inch) pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a chunky paste. Transfer to prepared pan and press with a spatula to create an even thickness. Cover and chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours, and then cut into squares for serving.
Low Carb Coconut Macaroons
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2 egg whites
2 packets Truvia or stevia
1 tbsp Agave Nectar
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Add egg whites, Truvia, and Agave to a medium sized bowl and whisk well. Add protein powder and shredded coconut and stir until combined. Use a tbsp to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Batter will spread out so keep them far apart. Bake for 22 min.
Have a Sexy, Healthy Valentine’s Day