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In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought some Valentine’s Day themed oats were in order!  This recipe was made on a whim, because of how much I love conjuring up new oatmeal recipes.  I’m thankful for our snow day this Monday, which gave me extra time to work on homework and study, and let me enjoy some down time with a hot cup of tea!  Sometimes it’s the little things that matter when it feels like everything else is chaotic!  Hope you enjoy my recipe of the week.  Stay warm this week and drive safely!

“Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Valentine’s Day Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen & thawed or fresh)
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • Sweetener of choice: Honey, Stevia, Agave are recommendations :)
  • Chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate pieces (to top)

Directions:

  1. Cook oats according to package directions, using water or milk (for a creamier texture).
  2. Add all ingredients (reheat in microwave if necessary).
  3. Enjoy!

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This Valentine's Day, fall in love with your health St. Louis!

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health!

Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not!

1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate!

Billions of dollars in chocolate is sold this time of year. In fact, over 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold JUST for Valentine’s Day! If you wish to be a part of that statistic, make sure you buy dark chocolate. 70% dark chocolate or higher is a great source of antioxidants. In fact, one study found the dark chocolate may have more antioxidants than blueberries or acai berries. So go ahead! Savor that rich, delicious taste! (As if you needed another reason to!) Here are some of the best places to buy chocolate in St. Louis!

2. Make A Fancy Dinner At Home

Studies have shown that cooking dinner at home is one of the best ways to stay on top of your health! So why not show off some culinary skills by cooking a great meal, either for your significant other or for your friends! If you are having a Gal-entine’s Day with all the girls, invite everyone to bring a homemade dish! Not sure if your skills are up to par? See Dierberg’s School of Cooking for special Valentine-themed classes!

3.  Run For Chocolate

If you wish to take #1 to the next level, then the St. Louis Run for Chocolate 5K is for you! This race kicks off in front of the Bissingers Historic Chocolate Factory on Valentine’s Day morning. Participants get a goodie bag full of chocolate, a finisher medal, and a delectable chocolate fountain awaiting them at the finish line! You can run in one of four categories; “on the market”, “off the market”, “happy couple”, or “it’s complicated” (for teams of 3.) I would say doing a 5K and feasting on chocolate is the epitome of a healthy (and happy!) Valentine’s Day! Registration is $35 or $40 the day of the race.

4. Take A Hike

Fancy a romantic evening stroll? Then look no further than the Valentine’s Day Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve. Enjoy walking through the nature reserve and gazing at the stars through their on-site telescope! After the hike, warm up with some hot drinks and yummy desserts! Check out their site for more information on registration.

5. Have A Laugh

A study done found that laughing 15 minutes a day can burn up to 10-40 calories! So spend the evening at Happily Ever Laughter: A Valentine’s Day Party, which features stars Liz Callaway and Jason Graae. This Valentine’s Day comedy hour could burn up to about 160 calories! The best part? You will actual have fun doing it! The event will be held at Wash U’s Music Center at 8pm on Valentine’s night. For more information and to buy tickets, visit their website.

What are your plans for enjoying Valentine’s Day?!

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more healthy lifestyle tips and yummy, nutritious recipes!

-XOXO Hannah

PS: Also be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I love being social!! :)

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Alumni Posts

Love

by Alumni Posts on February 17, 2014

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Love never fails it always prevails. When someone truely loves you they will show you and tell you. Love is beautiful and we should cherish it. My valentine’s day was good. My boyfriend surprised me with my favorite chocolate, turtles, a thoughtful card, and a heart balloon. Hope everyone enjoyed there Valentine’s day!!!!

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Alumni Posts

Love

by Alumni Posts on February 17, 2014

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As you all are aware, Valentines day is coming up. Take time to show anyone of importance how much you love them. Rather it is by spending time with them, giving a hug, or even a smile. Love is not shown in how much money you can spend on that person, it is simply shown by your geniune actions. This Valentines day will be something special for me and hopefully you too. Even a hand made card can say alot to your loved one. Don’t be afraid to branch out and love.

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It’s “LOVE” Day!

by Lizzie February 14, 2014

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! It’s the official day to show and share some love! Whether you’re single or in a relationship, just love and be loved. It doesn’t have to be with a boyfriend/girlfriend. I’m sure it’s safe to have your best friend as a Valentine, right? As for me, I do have a boyfriend. Hehe. […]

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Valentine’s Day

by Alumni Posts February 12, 2014

As you all probably know by now, Valentine’s Day is this Friday.  For many people, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show loved ones you are thinking about them.  For others, Valentine’s Day is a bitter reminder that they have no one to share the special day with.  For me, the end of Valentine’s Day […]

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V-Day Spirit

by Carlyn February 10, 2014

I’m not usually one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but this year is a different story. No, I will not be celebrating by wishing for a stuffed bear, box of chocolates, or a dozen roses. I am in the spirit thanks to my involvement with FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) and ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa honors leadership […]

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Love Nest in AB

by Carlyn February 5, 2014

Last semester I was in a visual merchandising class. Throughout the semester, the entire class was in charge of building the window displays in Anheuser-Busch (AB) Hall (there are three different ones). It was a lot of fun to come up with a creative idea, and then see that image come to life. I didn’t […]

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Encouraging love.

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2013

This past week I have felt so encouraged by my friends, my boyfriend, and God. I feel so loved every single day. With it being Valentines day this week, so many surprises came my way. For one, my boyfriend surprised me by sending me flowers. It totally made my day, even though I couldn’t be […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2013

Today is Valentine’s Day. I’d like to share a small note to my friends and blog readers: “Valentine’s Day is not for only lovers of the world, but also more for family & friends who care for each other all through the years.” Happy Valentine’s Day to all the friends who saw this note. I […]

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