| Recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day|
Exercise of course is a great stress reliever but a little help from your significant other would be really nice this month. Stress shows in your beautiful face so to look and feel your best, try these acupressure tips that you can do on your own or a little help from said friend that I found in Fitness Mag this month.
1. stress headache?
Position the pad of your right thumb between the inner corner of your right eye and your nose. Do the same with your left thumb on the left side. Relax neck and shoulders and let the weight of your head press into thumbs; hold for 60 seconds.
2. carrying the weight of the world in your shoulders?
Trace your right middle finger from the base of your left side of your neck toward the tip of your left shoulder until you feel a small hollow. Press the pad of your finger into this spot and hold for 60 seconds. Repeat on the other side with your left middle finger.
3. need an energy boost?
Place the three middle fingers of one hand horizontally on your abdomen just below your belly button. Press inward firmly with the pads of your fingers and hold for 30-60 seconds.
4. "I'm in the mood for love...."
Stand up, back straight. Make a fist with each hand and place it, knuckles down, on your lower back, just above your butt. Using your knuckles, knead your back, applying firm pressure for two minutes.
Right??? Honestly, I'm going to Belmonte Raw on Queen St for their chocolate thimbles (vegan, sugar free...$$, worth it...) but if you don't have a dairy issue, try these chocolate truffles
oz (squares) unsweetened chocolate, chopped small
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 TBS Stevia (or your sweetener of choice, Agave, maple syrup...)
pinch baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder mixed w/sweetener for dusting finished truffles
Place the chopped chocolate in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Heat the cream in a saucepan over med heat until small bubbles appear around the edge. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 30 seconds. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
Add the vanilla, sweetener and pinch of baking soda.
Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour.
Using a 1 oz. scoop or tablespoon, scoop balls of chocolate and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 30 min.
When chilled, roll each truffle in the palm of your hand into a perfectly round ball.
Drop the truffles into the sweetened cocoa powder to coat the exterior.
Store the truffles in the refrigerator in an airtight container.