Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!
One of the best days of the year, in my opinion, because V-day is all about love. I happen to think that this appreciation of love doesn’t have to stop at your romantic partner, so I spend at least a couple of minutes every Valentine’s Day (and actually, I try to do this everyday) thinking of the many kind and loving people in my life. When I spend only a few minutes thinking about these people I am flooded with gratitude and whatever I am worrying about seems to matter much less, if at all.
Which is why love is so good for your heart. When you focus your thoughts on the positive things in your life, stress scuttles away. And it’s not about pushing negative feelings away. You can acknowledge negative feelings, say “I see you, Negative Nelly”, and then choose to appreciate what is going right. And there’s always something to be grateful for. You’re breathing, right?
And because I always bring it back to food, this is my favourite Valentine’s Day drink. Hibiscus makes a gorgeous ruby-red tart and sweet tea, mellowed out by rose. Hibiscus is a great heart-healthy herb because it is so high in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and may help to lower blood pressure.This tea goes great with some superfood chocolates
Hibiscus Rose Tea
2 tsp dried hibiscus flowers
1 tsp dried culinary rose petals
3 cups boiling water
1 tsp honey or 4-5 drops liquid stevia
-Boil filtered water, pour over flower petals, and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add sweetener, and enjoy! Tea may also be iced with delicious results. Serves 2 (lovers).
Thank you to my family, friends, coworkers, clients, and of course my man, for being, well, the best. Big Hugs!