Despite all the haters that scoff at February 14th, I’m not afraid to say that I’m a V-Day fan. I mean HELLO, any day that is basically using chocolate as a mascot has my undivided attention- you mean I get flowers AND a reason to shovel unquestionable amounts of chocolate into my mouth hole with zero guilt!? Sign me up!
Of course, I should be clear that we don’t necessarily DO Valentine’s Day the same way other folks do. Being vegan, we can pretty much forget all the dairy-filled candy in the holiday isle at the grocery store. And date night? Why bother when you’re guaranteed to wait because everyone and their mother are doing the EXACT same thing???
Related: Top 10 Vegan Chocolate Gifts for Valentine’s Day
The most logical plan of action then, is to do the 14th OUR way, which means an assortment of Valentine’s from the kids, candlelit Italian dinners for a party of five, and plenty, PLENTY of homemade chocolate goodies throughout the day, starting with a delicious chocolate cherry smoothie for breakfast!!!
Did I mention it’s healthy too!?
That’s *quite literally* the cherry on top of this energizing morning shake! <—- You like what I did there? 🙂
By adding a couple scoops of raw chocolate, you are consuming a high dose of magnesium, plus vitamins to help strengthen your bones, neutralize toxins, and enhance your mood. I also like to sprinkle the powers of maca and flaxseed into this morning smoothie, bringing a sucker-punch of extra energy and omega-3’s. Combined with delicious cherries and touch of strawberries, the whole thing comes together after I top it off with coconut water (with pulp), which is rich in electrolytes and can help lower blood pressure. Score!
Related: 8 Supplements to Add to Your Vegan Smoothies
And fellas, I’m tellin’ ya, you surprise your lady with one of these babies and a nice bouquet of flowers… let’s just say you won’t be hearing any complaints *wink wink*! “♥ ♥ ♥ ♥”
If that’s not good for your heart-space on Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter), I don’t know what is!
Healthy Chocolate Cherry Vegan Smoothie
- 3 bananas
- 1 C frozen cherries
- ¼ C strawberries
- 2 tablespoon cacao
- 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ½ tablespoon maca
- 1 can coconut water with pulp (17.5 oz, my fav is C20)
- ½ C almond milk
- In a high-powered blender, combine all ingredients and run until smooth.
Thanks for taking the time to invest in your health and happiness! What’s your favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day?
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Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
This looks so good Randi! A perfect healthy treat for Valentine’s Day!
All that non-vegan candy keeps me away from eating all the candy around at work so that’s a plus. I don’t do much Valentine’s day either (obviously as I’m on my couch right now on the computer). We had a nice little vegan meal and are hanging with the pups. Have a great rest of the day!
Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!
Yeah I suppose it’s situations like that in which being vegan really helps us not dig into all that crappy candy LOL! Hope you have enjoyed your week hun:)
“I’m not afraid to say that I’m a V-Day fan” Ditto! My dad made a big deal of it growing up, so I can’t help but get awesomely warm fuzzies even now as an adult (he was awesome that way). And today is definitely a day to enjoy sweets without guilt. My hubby LOVES cherries, so this sounds like the perfect treat to make him =)
That’s so sweet your dad made this holiday special for you, I hope you enjoyed your v-day darlin! Sending big *HUGS*
I love chocolate and Cherry I am going to try this recipe Randi 🙂
I hope you do Amber! Thank you!