Love is the most powerful and transforming feeling that a human being can experience. It can fill your life with meaning, courage and strength the way no other feeling can. It can give an answer to the question of human existence and there will be no more sensible one.
The word “love” is most often associated with the strong feeling of attachment to another human being from the opposite gender. Such love can take many forms from passion and desire to support and mutual inspiration, unconditional faith, friendship and forgiveness. On V-day we celebrate the romantic manifestation of love – because no matter how strong the love in a couple is, it needs now and then to be nurtured by sweet spells and candles, and cuddles, and flowers, and…chocolate.
Somehow love and romance always go hand in hand with chocolate, so after all detox recipes of the last month and a half, I cannot but offer you a chocolate recipe today. Yet, to keep it in the healthy zone, that will be a recipe for chocolate cupcakes made with red beetroot. If you have never heard of a dessert based on beetroot or if you have never tried one, now is the perfect moment! Because beetroot and chocolate go perfectly together! The cupcakes are moist and velvet, not overly sweet, dark and intriguing – the perfect finale to your romantic dinner!
But before the recipe a few more thoughts on love. Love in the form celebrated on 14 February is only one of the many aspects that the notion of love can cover. Because apart from the romantic love we can experience strong and empowering love to a child, to a friend, to a teacher, to an inanimate object like an idea, job, religion but most importantly – one can and should experience love to himself! Because as Ayn Rand has put it shortly:
To say “I love you” one must first be able to say the “I”
I was raised in a social culture where placing yourself in front of others was considered egoistic and unacceptable. It took me years of reading and self-improvement to realize that it is neither. It is actually just the opposite – only when you care for yourself you can care for others, only when you give to yourself you can give to others, only when you love yourself you can love others!
So after years and years of self-denial, I started giving to myself – the education that I wanted, the hobby that I enjoy, the time I need, the food, exercise and rest that my body craves. And my nourished system pays me back with health, energy and enthusiasm. Now that I am nourished from inside, I am capable of giving and sharing this nourishment with the others. I want and need to give and share my knowledge, enthusiasm and last but not least my love with my readers.
That’s why I chose V-day, the day designated to love, to start in my Facebook page a campaign under the motto “Love Your Health”. In this campaign I will share every day facts, tips, pictures, insights and ideas of how to love yourself and to boost your health.
If you want to be part of this campaign like my page so the messages reach you and share it with your friends so that the messages reach them. Help me spread the love for health so that we live in a healthier world where people love more and are loved more.
Happy St Valentine’s Day!
Red Beetroot Chocolate Cupcakes
Ingredients (6 ramekins):
- 1 cup beetroot puree
- 1 cup rye flour
- 4 tbs applesauce
- 8 tbs water
- 4 tbs honey
- 2 tbs raw cacao
- 1/4 tbs apple cider
- 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
To prepare the beetroot puree, wrap 2-3 beets in folio and bake at 180C for 40 minutes. Let them cool down, peel, chop and put in the food processor. Add 4 tbs of water and process into puree. Add the remaining water, applesauce, honey and apple cider in the food processor and pulse a few times to combine the ingredients.
Sift together the flour, cacao, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the pureed mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon to get the batter.
Preheat the oven to 180C, prepare 6 ramekins and grease them with coconut oil.
Divide the batter in the ramekins and bake for 25 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
If you are in a really decadent and festive mood, serve the cupcakes with a dollop of crème fraîche, or ice cream, or glaze with more chocolate.