How to Love Yourself

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Phenomenal Woman is one of my favorite poems ever.  I can listen to the words for hours on end.  Renowned poet, Maya Angelou gives women everywhere an intoxicating lesson on the beauty, power and awesomeness in which we possess.  If you are unfamiliar then you MUST read the whole poem, it’s quite inspiring.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

We women are powerful beyond belief.  Who else has the aura, softness and amazing grace to bring a man to his knees simply by walking into a room?  Sadly, many women are unaware of the strength, beauty and charm we possess.  Instead, we stay worried about belly pudge, acne, and crooked toes.  Women obsess about small imperfections when all a man notices is the beauty of the feminine body.

Valentine’s day is around the corner which means either one of two things:

1. If you are in a relationship you may get showered with chocolate, flowers and if your man really loves you — diamonds.

2. If you are single, your mind will be on overdrive wondering how you managed to end up dateless on yet another valentines day.

But single ladies everywhere, you must must must change this self-deprecating way of thinking — the health, success and longevity of any future relationship you will have depends on it.  Being single on valentines day is not the end of the world.   I have NEVER had a valentines day date in all of my 28 years on this planet.  But I am not bitter.  When February 14 rolls around, I can enjoy it just like the drunk-in-love couples that smother the streets everywhere like a plate of home cooked chicken and collard greens — why oh why must the juice greens get all over my chicken errghhhh.  But I digress…

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…this Valentines Day, you must practice self-love. What is self-love you ask?  How can self-love add to your beauty, strength and grace?  How do you truly enjoy a dateless v-day?  All these questions and more are answered in this short video I put together with my dear friend Mourhia.  Take a moment to watch.

And remember, whether you are single or in a relationship, let February 14th be a fun, cheerful day.  Afterall, it’s on a Friday.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Almond butter chocolate chip cookies (Free of dairy, grain, soy)

Love is in the air:  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means millions of people will spend countless dollars on chocolates, flowers, and cards to show that special person how much they are loved.  Personally, I’d rather my guy treat me to an experience in which we can share together and recall the memories for years to come;  material things pale in comparison.

One way to show your love and appreciation for your loved one is to prepare dinner for the two of you to enjoy together. Set the mood by dimming the lights.  Getting physical in the kitchen can ignite the slow burn later that night, if you know what I mean.  Consider serving your lover this easy salmon entree.  Or if red meat is more your speed, this rib-eye steak recipe will satisfy completely. After the main course, serve these cookies up warm, fresh out of the oven.  Then get on with the intimate festivities planned the rest of the night – satisfaction guaranteed!

These cookies are a dream come true for someone looking for a sweet, soft, chewy, decadent treat without dairy, grain, and soy.  If you have food intolerances or health reasons to avoid dairy, gluten and soy, make sure to choose a chocolate chip brand that does not contain these common allergens.  Enjoy Life chocolate chips are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free.  Score!

Bonus:  cooking video!! Because sometimes we prefer videos over words…

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 25 cookies.

Ingredients

.almond butter chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the baking sheet with a small pat of coconut oil.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together almond butter, coconut oil, and honey.  Beat in egg and vanilla.

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

3.  In a small bowl, combine almond meal and baking soda.  Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.

dry ingredients mixed together

dry ingredients mixed together

mixing wet and dry together

mixing dry with wet ingredients

batter mixed

addictive cookie batter!

4.  Scoop the dough 1 tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.  Set the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them with a fork.  Bake for 10 minutes until the edges just start browning.  Becareful not to overbake or they will be dry.

rolled into balls, flatten with fork  on baking sheet

roll into balls, flatten with fork

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies n coconut milk

cookies with ice-cold coconut milk (truly hits the spot!)

that's one large yummy bite

that’s one large yummy bite

What do you think? Comment below because I really want to hear from YOU about the foods I prepare & share, from my kitchen to yours.  

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