It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to celebrate by focusing on the heart and, more specifically, heart opening foods.
Our hearts are a center of energy, the heart chakra, and when our heart energy is flowing we feel love and compassion for ourselves and for others. We are able to give and receive love and are in tune with our emotions. We feel connected.
When our heart energy is stuck or our heart feels “closed” we might feel disconnected, depressed, and withdrawn. We might not have good personal boundaries and feel either over-extended or closed off. We might have trouble feeling the love all around us and love for ourselves.
Green is the color associated with the heart chakra, and so the most awesome heart opening foods are green (except for one) and include:
– Greens: Kale, Spinach, Dandelion, Arugula, etc.
– Cruciferous Vegetables: Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli
– Herbs: Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil and Sage
– Green Apple
– Cacao (this is the non-green food, but it’s equally powerful!)
– Matcha/ Green Tea
So for this weekend, celebrate Valentine’s by preparing some good food for yourself, your family, and your friends and remember green foods are both strengthening and soothing for your heart energy. Here are two recipes to open your heart and help you feel the love!
HEART OPENING SMOOTHIE
1 small avocado or 1/2 large avocado
1 green apple, cored
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup green jasmine tea (room temp or warm)
1/2 -1 cup filtered water (depending on how much you need to blend and the consistency you want)
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until smooth.
HEART WARMING HOT CHOCOLATE
3/4 cup coconut milk (I love Trader Joe’s canned coconut milk- it’s organic and has absolutely no additives!)
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon raw cacao
1/2 Teaspoon honey
Optional Add-Ins: a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick, fresh mint, or a tiny bit of mint extract
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until simmering. Use a small whisk to mix well.