Fit Links: Heart Shaped Foods, Vegan Champagne Cupcakes & Valentine’s Savings

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Does Valentine’s Day make you happy? Or bitter? Or maybe you just don’t care either way? I’m kinda “eh” about Valentine’s Day but I really dislike how commercialized it’s become – like many holidays. I saw a big Valentine’s teddy bear at a store for $40! What on earth would you do with it?

I’m all for spreading the love but do we really need a specific day of the year to let people know? Do people really enjoy the pressure that comes along with Valentine’s Day? I much prefer those little surprises along the way. I think they’re more meaningful and special.

Like this little gesture from my husband that he did last summer while letting the dogs outside:

With that said, I felt the need to do a special Valentine’s edition of Fit Links and I hope you’ll find this one to be a pretty good round-up.

Romantic Valentine’s Date Ideas Fit for Love (MO Patch) – Need some special date ideas? Here are 8 really great ones that don’t have to cost a fortune. My favorite? Recreating your first date.

Valentine’s Vittles: Vegan, Gluten Free and Va-Va-Voom Recipes (Huffington Post) – “You want a romantic evening but you don’t want to deal with reservations. You want to knock your socks off of your Valentine with your mad, slick kitchen skills. Well, this menu will be your chance to shine and get your romance on.” Hey, the Tipsy Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta does sound delicious!

Valentine’s Day: 9 Places to Save (CBS News) – Remember how I was saying how I dislike how commercialized Valentine’s Day is? If you’re looking for the perfect gift, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Here are 9 popular places to save on Valentine’s gifts. And no, you don’t have to feel bad about using a coupon. It’s called being frugal. And it means you value your hard-earned money.

Fit, Healthy, Spiced Up Ways to your Valentines’ Heart (DailyCampus) – It doesn’t have to be all about the sugary sweets and Hallmark cards. How about creating an iPod playlist for their next workout? Or getting them a new piece of workout equipment?

Life After Divorce: Surviving Valentine’s Day (Huffington Post) – Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day can be rough after a break-up or divorce. See? That’s why I’m not completely in love with this holiday in the first place! Regardless, here is a great list of things to keep yourself from feeling down in the dumps.

10 Healthy, Heart-Shaped Foods & Recipes (FitSugar) – There are some really neat ideas in this post, including heart-shaped burgers, eggs and toast, a pizza made from scratch and more. I love heart-shaped food!

And last but not least:

Vegan Champagne Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Frosting (Washington Post) – I can’t possibly complete this Valentine’s round-up without mentioning cupcakes!! I love making cupcakes more than I really like to eat them but these ones are a good splurge to celebrate Valentine’s Day – complete with nutrition information.


How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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  1. I’m in a relationship and HATE vday!! Such a hallmark holiday :(

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