Happy February 15 everyone: the unmarked holiday where all heart shaped chocolates, red & pink clothing, and stuffed animals are 50% off!! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend and had a day filled with lots of love yesterday!
A couple blog posts ago I shared my 2020 word: CLEAN. This year I wanted to focus on filling my body, mind, & home with CLEAN. As we are a little over a month and a half into the year, I thought I would give a little update on my CLEAN journey and share how I incorporated it into everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday: Valentine’s Day 💓
***Disclaimer: in this post I am discussing how I celebrated Valentine’s Day in a CLEAN eating, CLEAN mindset way. I am by NO MEANS saying that this is how you should have been spending your day. As I mentioned before, CLEAN, whole foods are what I wanted to fuel my body with this year. I wanted to give those who want to try CLEAN eating and mindset ideas on a day that is for all those sugary, processed foods!! I appreciate your support and encouragement!***
MY VALENTINE 😍
I knew going into this day–with 28 days of no artificial sugar under my belt–that it might be challenging. Literally ever since January 1 was over, stores already started selling their chocolates, candies, and all things sweet. AND LET ME TELL YA, it was so tempting to eat all the Valentine’s I received from my students and friends, but I found some ways to still celebrate this holiday in a CLEAN way.
For dinner, Joel and I planned on having fondue or should I say FUN don’t mind if we DO! Have you ever had an oil based fondue? SO YUMMY. Normally we use a vegetable oil for our fondue, but to stick to the CLEAN, I used Avocado Oil. (I used Chosen Foods 100% Avocado Oil)
I boiled the avocado oil first on the stove for about 3 minutes to heat it up quickly, then transferred it to our fondue pot at 375 degrees.
Next, I prepared our dippings: chicken breast, beef, broccoli (OUR FAV 🥦 😍), cauliflower, mushrooms, and onions. Pro-tip #1: buy premartinated beef and chicken skewers from your local grocery store. They are already cut up for you and seasoned 👌🏻
I had this cute, large veggie tray that my dad purchased for a party that came in #clutch for organizing all our goodies. After that, we were READY!!!!
Joel and I drank Bubly from wine glasses lol and started fondueing away (is that a word?? Not sure but I’m making it one!!) We dipped our topping into a skewer and then placed it in the fondue pot to boil! Pro-tip #2: Let your broccoli sit in the pot the longest. You have not yet LIVED if you haven’t had fondue broccoli. Lol I’m being sarcastic and dramatic but I’m not kidding. Fondue broccoli changed lives!!!!
So in all, this dinner was CLEAN eating: avocado oil, veggies, and meat! One way to keep a CLEAN eating date night/Valentine’s Day is to eat in and fondue is a fun change up.
After fondueing for dinner, Joel and I opened presents to let our tummies get prepared for dessert. As you could see from the back of the picture above, I did something a little different 😋
I saw this idea on Pinterest! Filling my time and energy with CLEAN thoughts, I reflected on how it just makes perfect sense to be with Joel. I thought about how I could show the five senses in this gift.
- Sound: I bought Joel an I Love You Soundwave Keychain from Etsy
- Sight: Picture of us in a frame
- Smell: his favorite soap
- Touch: fun cozy socks
- Taste: his favorite chocolates
I definitely had a CLEAN mind while wrapping this gift! I had so much fun doing the lettering 😍 Joel loved the thoughtfulness. I loved making this and seeing his reaction in opening each gift.
When we were finished opening gifts, we started preparing our chocolate fondue! Now you might be thinking, how did you make this CLEAN Claire?!? Well, if there’s a will, there’s a way and if you know me… I am always determined to find the way!! Exploring on Pinterest, I found this AMAZING recipe from Simple As That Blog, that I altered a little 😋
In a sauce pan, I combined:
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup toasted coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (Pro-Tip #3: the original recipe called for creamy peanut butter but I only had crunchy PB so we used almond butter…honestly, I think I liked the taste better!!!)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of sea salt
I cooked the mixture on the stove on low heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickened. Then, I poured it in a bowl to serve.
While I was preparing the chocolate, Joel got our dippings ready: strawberries, bananas, and peanut butter pretzel bars I made last weekend!! CHECK IT OUT 😱 👏🏻
THIS CHOCOLATE FONDUE CHANGED MY LIFE AND MADE SKIPPING OUT ON ALL THE VALENTINES DAY SUGAR CHOCOLATE WORTH IT 😍😍❤️❤️❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💓 Even Joel, who supports my CLEAN eating efforts but still wants to eat his sugary “normal” foods said that you couldn’t tell the difference between this and actual chocolate fondue. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.
So, my CLEAN journey is going well 😌 I just wanted to share that even on the sweetest day of the year, you can still fuel your body with naturally sweet, not processed or artificial sugary foods!! Thank you for all following along! I deCLAIRE that finding foods that are good for your body, but taste like the “real deal” are one of the things that make me happy. Another thing that makes me happy is this blog. And of course, ALL OF YOU! Thank YOU. I LOVE you all 💓❤️
Miss DeCLAIREing Happiness
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