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St Pete Personal Trainer Approved Valentine’s Day Recipes

Happy early Valentine’s Day  from your St. Pete Personal Trainers and Body Transformation Experts for men and women over 40 !


I hope you were able to use my Super Bowl Recipes, Tips and Strategies to stay on track last week end. If you were, CONGRATULATIONS! If not, don’t worry, you are not alone. You can use these tips to get back on track NOW so you don’t let Super Bowl pig out turn into Valentine’s Day pig out turn into Easter pig out turn into “OMG, it’s spring and none of my clothes from last year fit” or “OMG, I can’t believe I look like THAT in a bathing suit” as you go scrambling for the nearest quick fix summer diet.


Here at Fitness St. Pete/Tierra Verde Fitness, we preach the 90/10 rule which simply means that if you eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods 90% of the time, the other 10% won’t really matter. This week end the topic of conversation in our   group fitness programs has been about planning out the week and deciding if Valentine’s Day is going to be an “unstructured” day or regular on plan day but, let’s face it….. there is nothing “sexy” or “romantic” about a bloated full belly full of chocolates, wheat or decadent sauces. 


The Ultimate Valentine’s Recipes Printable Version

Now, onto the reason you are here…. my  fav Valentine’s Weight Loss Recipes !

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These are perfect to make with your kids to take to school in place of processed, sugar filled candy.


For Simple Syrup:

 2 cups water
 1/4 cup granulated stevia
 Zest of 1 small lemon

For Shortcake:

 3 cups blanched almond flour
 1/4 cup coconut flour
 1/4 cup tapioca flour

 2 tablespoons granulated stevia
 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
 4 large eggs
 1/2 cup butter lightly cooled

Ingredients for assembly:

 1 pint strawberries washed, dried, hulled and sliced

 Coconut Whipped Cream



  1. Make the simple syrup first by bringing the water to a boil, then stirring in the stevia or honey until dissolved.
  2. Add the zest and simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before using.
  4. While the syrup is cooling, make the shortcakes.
  5.  Preheat the oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick pad and set aside.
  6.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (almond flour through salt) and set aside.
  7.  In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the butter or oil.
  8.  Pour the egg mixture into the dry mixture and stir just until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  9. Scoop 3-4 Tablespoon portions (I used an ice cream scoop) and place them about 2″ apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Flatten the tops very gently with the palm of your hand.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges.
  12.  Cool completely before slicing lengthwise, and topping with a scoop of sliced strawberries, a drizzle of simple syrup, and a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
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Quick & Easy  Avocado Pudding



1 avocado
4 TBSP unsweetened cacao powder

1 banana, mashed
2 tsp. Sunbutter or other nut butter
Pinch of sea salt

Optional toppings:

Cacao nibs, coconut chips, shredded coconut, or dark chocolate chips (omit if avoiding sugar)


  1. Mash  avocado and banana.
  2. Add in your cacao powder, nut butter, pinch of salt, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add toppings if you would like.
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Chocolate-Almond You Won’t Believe It’s Not Fudge



4 Tbsp coconut oil, softened

4 Tbsp almond butter
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch Sea Salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften the coconut oil further if necessary
  3. Mix again.
  4. Stir until completely blended and smooth
  5. Pour mixture into forms and freeze until solidified.
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 4 cups dark chocolate chips (sweetened with Stevia)
 ⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
 ⅓ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut



  1. Place half of the dark chocolate chips in a microwave bowl and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until melted. (or melt carefully in a double boiler)
  2.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Pour melted dark chocolate onto lined baking sheet and spread the chocolate into a rectangle (the chocolate can be as thick/thin as you want based on preference).
  4. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and shredded coconut on the chocolate.
  5. Place the baking trays in the freezer until hard.
  6.  Break the chocolate into pieces and enjoy!Note: If using a microwave for the chocolate, place a bowl of water in the microwave with the dark chocolate chips to keep them from drying out and burning.[Credit: CaveGirlintheCity.com]
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Chocolate Almond Butter Cups



1 cup smooth almond butter

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
pinch of sea salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips, melted



  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (no you don’t need to grease the tins)
  3. Place in freezer for 30+ minutes until set.
  4. Use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup.
  5. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.

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