Journey of Love and Wellness

Journey of Love and Wellness

Valentine’s Day starts us on a journey of love and wellness, marked by its special significance steeped in history and tradition.

It serves as a reminder to actively express love and affection for our partners in unique and meaningful ways. While chocolates and flowers hold timeless appeal, there exists an opportunity to elevate the day with an additional measure of love.

Acknowledging and focusing on their health and wellbeing. The preparation of a wholesome, homemade, Whole Food Plant-Based meal.

In this post, we’ll explore the origins of Valentine’s Day. The significance of a WFPB meals and offer practical tips for crafting a memorable culinary experience,

“Love and health are two of life’s greatest blessings. Cherish them both, and you will find abundance in every moment.” – Author Unknown

Ancient Rituals to Modern Celebrations

Valentine’s Day, originally rooted in ancient Roman festivals like Lupercalia, underwent a transformation with the rise of Christianity.

It became associated with St. Valentine, a priest who defied Emperor Claudius II’s decree against marriage for soldiers. Over time, handwritten notes, known as valentines, became popular expressions of love and affection.

Despite its commercialization, Valentine’s Day remains an opportunity to connect on a deeper level and create lasting memories with our loved ones.

The Connection Between Food and Romance

Food has long been intertwined with romance, serving as a means for shared experiences and intimate connections.

By preparing a wholesome meal for your loved one, you’re not only nourishing their body but also nurturing your relationship.

Furthermore, the act of sharing a thoughtfully prepared meal can evoke feelings of warmth and appreciation.

Cooking together fosters collaboration and communication, strengthening the bonds of affection.

Making your Valentine’s Day truly memorable, while on the journey of love and wellness.

Nourishing Love and Health

A Whole Food Plant based diet isn’t just about what we eat; it’s a lifestyle rooted in health.

By centering our meals around whole, plant-based ingredient abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, we nourish our bodies and minds.

Furthermore, research suggests that WFPB eating can reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Like heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, promoting longevity and vitality.

Crafting Culinary Delights

Preparing a WFPB Valentine’s Day meal can be a delightful journey of creativity and exploration.

Start by planning a menu that celebrates seasonal produce and vibrant flavors. Experiment with flavors and textures, incorporating new to you herbs and spices.

Incorporate a variety of plant-based proteins, such as beans, lentils, tofu, or tempeh, to add depth and satiety to your dishes.

So, consider crafting a themed dinner with multiple courses, each showcasing the beauty and versatility of plant-based ingredients.

Plant-Powered Wellness

A WFPB diet is a cornerstone of preventive medicine, offering many health benefits. Rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, plant-based foods promote heart health, digestive wellness, and weight management.

Additionally, the abundance of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables combats oxidative stress and inflammation, reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

By prioritizing whole, plant-based foods, you’re investing in your long-term health and wealth.

We love dessert at Plantaful Life, and this is one of our favorite special occasion cakes. Enjoy!

**Whole Food Plant-Based Chocolate Cherry Cake and Icing **

Indulge in the rich and decadent flavors of chocolate with this Whole Food Plant-Based Chocolate Cake recipe, enhanced by the natural sweetness of cherries.

With the perfect balance of wholesome ingredients and intense chocolatey goodness, this cake is sure to delight your taste buds while nourishing your body. Can be eaten without an icing, but we included our easy light chocolate icing.

Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) Chocolate Cherry Cake


  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups pitted sweet cherries, halved


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). 6-inch silicone or round cake pan line it with parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pure maple syrup, unsweetened applesauce, unsweetened almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a dense cake.
  5. Gently fold in the halved sweet cherries until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, slice the cake and serve with additional fresh sweet cherries on top, if desired.

Total approximate calorie content for the entire cake: 1830 calories

Indulge guilt-free in this delicious WFPB Chocolate Cake, knowing that each bite is packed with wholesome ingredients and the natural goodness of cherries.

With its rich chocolate flavor and moist texture, this cake is the perfect way to treat yourself and your loved ones on any occasion.

**Easy Whole Food Plant-Based Light Chocolate Icing**

Easy Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) Light Chocolate Icing


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Peel and pit the ripe avocado, and place it in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the unsweetened cacao powder, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the bowl with the avocado.
  3. Using a hand mixer or a food processor, blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure everything is well incorporated.
  4. Taste the icing and adjust the sweetness or chocolate flavor to your liking by adding more maple syrup or cacao powder if desired.
  5. Once the icing reaches your desired consistency and flavor, it’s ready to use. Spread it over cooled cakes, cupcakes, or other baked goods with a spatula, or use a piping bag to pipe it onto your treats for a decorative touch.
  6. Store any leftover icing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Before using it again, let it come to room temperature and give it a quick stir to recombine any separated ingredients.

Total approximate calorie content for the entire batch of icing: 492 calories

Enjoy this delicious and light chocolate icing on your favorite WFPB baked goods for a guilt-free and decadent treat!

Journey of Love and Wellness Conclusion

In conclusion, as we reflect on the journey of love and wellness that Valentine’s Day represents.

Let us cherish the moments shared with our loved ones and continue to prioritize both their happiness and their health that resonate far beyond February 14th!

May the bonds strengthen, and the memories created on this special day serve as a reminder of the enduring power of love.  Specifically, the importance of nurturing our well-being, today and every day.

Here’s to a lifetime of Love, Wellness, and Cherished moments together.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Plantaful Life Team

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