For the love of healthy hearts & chocolate

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
― Maya Angelou

Valentine’s Day, aka the day of chocolate! In over indulgence it can be quite regretful, in moderation, it can do a body good, cause an influx of therapy-like emotional stability and it can even help you sleep better (that would be the rich, expensive, dark anti-oxident benefit).

Chocolatherapy! When life makes you crazy, reach for the chocolate: it’s cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment. Beloved humor author Karen Scalf Linamen is back with her first new women’s book in five years, and she’s got a stash of sweet treats in her purse to share. {Book description} Why do women choose comfort food when they are really craving something else? What if they could stop settling for second best and give their souls what they are really seeking? Would they be content? Perhaps they would glean a deeper understanding of their emotions. Most importantly, they might be able to get into their skinny jeans and stay there. With her trademark wit and insight, Karen Linamen helps women everywhere discover what they are really hungering for–and laugh out loud in the process.

Chocolate treats: 

‘Do your body good’ mini-chocolate cupcakes

This simple recipe is loaded with heart healthy fiber. Deceptively decadent, these little tasty treats will feed the chocolate craving and do your body good!

1 box Devils Food or Milk Chocolate cake mix

1 can pumpkin

  • Combine cake mix & and 1 pumpkin, mix and spoon into mini cupcake tins
  • bake 15 minutes
  • top with light sprinkle of powdered sugar, cocoa powder or fresh unsweetened coconut
  • You could even top with a dollup of natural creamy peanut butter sweetened with honey!

Shakeology No-Bake Cookies

  • 1 Cup reduced fat or natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup quick-cook oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 cup Chocolate Shakeology powder

Preparation: First, remove any rings you’re wearing and wash your hands really well. Then combine ingredients in medium bowl. Mix well. Roll into balls (about a heaping teaspoon each).

Optional: Roll in crushed nuts, oatmeal mixed with a little cinnamon, whole-grain graham cracker crumbs, or unsweetened coconut flakes.

All you need is love.

But a little

chocolate now and

then doesn’t hurt -Lucy van Pelt

More tasty treats:

Hungry Girl’s Chocolate 911 

Chocolate Covered Healthy Desserts

Eat, Pray, Love