Wellness

Galentine’s Day Brunch: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Gal Pals

February 6, 2017

Happy Galentine’s Day! In this post, our lovely friend Jennifer Diaz, Wellness Coach/Exercise Physiologist/Health Blogger, shares some delicious recipes for a fun homemade brunch with the gals.

“The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of people you place in it.”

I overheard these words of wisdom the other day, and they’ve really had me reflecting on all of the relationships in my life. As I thought about the people I’m surrounded by on a regular basis, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. My close group of girlfriends are some of the most supportive and encouraging women I know. We’ve been through many life seasons together, experiencing times of change, growth, heartache, love, loss, failure and success. We are a group of messy, imperfect human beings with differing opinions and distinct life experiences. Each one of us brings unique perspectives and strengths to the table. Although we may not agree on everything, we always show up for each other with the best of intentions, making the lows easier to navigate, and the highs way more fun!

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Having a strong community is incredibly beneficial for our overall wellbeing. We are wired for rich, quality connections with other people. When you’re surrounded by people with positive attitudes and behaviors, it increases the probability that you’ll make healthy decisions for yourself. One of my passions is encouraging women to speak kindly to themselves and to one another. It’s important for our overall health and happiness to be intentional about our thoughts and words. Negative self-talk is not only incredibly damaging, but it’s also highly contagious. It only takes one negative comment to lower our self-esteem and leave us feeling depleted.

If we desire to be known for lifting up others, it has to start from within. My ultimate hope is that one day, women fiercely encouraging other women will become the norm. As Athleta’s Power of She motto says, Alone we are strong, united we thrive.

So, as stores began stocking up on ridiculous amounts of pink and red heart-shaped items, my friends and I wanted to take full advantage of this commercialized and potentially cheesy holiday by turning it into a fun and uplifting Galentine’s Day celebration!

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With our overall wellbeing in mind, our goal was to make this a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy party! We made a variety of delicious and healthy foods, and my friend, Amy, created some gorgeous Galentine’s cards for us to fill out and give to one another. As I mentioned previously, we’ve been focusing on the way we speak about ourselves. So she created these cards as a way to make sure we would all leave with feelings of encouragement, empowerment, and confidence.

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The cards provided space for us to write to each of our friends, stating why we’re thankful for their friendship, how they add value to the world around them, and what attributes make them beautifully unique. I believe that accepting each other, flaws and all, and lifting each other up, helps create strong and lasting relationships. We had such a fun, positive day!

I hope that you’ll be inspired to celebrate and encourage the amazing women in your life! Click here to download a printable version of the Galentine’s Day Cards!

BRUNCH RECIPES

Sun Dried Tomato & Spinach Frittata

Serves 6

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 Cups of Spinach, chopped
  • 1 Cup of Shiitake Mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 2 TBS of unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 TBS Herbs de Provence
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Goat Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray or oil an oven safe pie dish. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add garlic, onion, mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until it starts to wilt. Then place cooked vegetables in the bottom of the dish. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk, salt, and herbs de provence. Once mixed well, pour over vegetables in dish. Add sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese on top, and bake for 35 mins. It will puff up and make sure a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

Serves 6

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 Cups of Fresh Spinach
  • 3 Frozen Bananas
  • 1/2 fresh Pineapple, cored and chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 8-12 Sprigs of Mint
  • 3 Cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Galentine’s Day Cards and hand lettering provided by Amy May Paper.
Flowers provided by Elizabeth Earnest Florals.
Photography by Kelsey Cherry.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Emily February 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This is wonderful and so encouraging! Can’t wait to try that egg dish!

    • Reply Jennifer Diaz February 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks, Emily! I hope you enjoyed the frittata!

  • Reply Ann Klein February 14, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Love your message and tips! My small group of friends have been doing this for the past several months. They are coming here for Valentines Day so your recipies are very welcome!!!! Thank you for your efforts and support and it means so much to all of us!!!! I know that it is hard work and I hope you don’t ever feel that you are not appreciated because you are very much!!! We really enjoy your magazine and your commitment to women’s health!!

    Thank You,

    Ann Klein
    Patrice Didier
    Amy Gilliat
    Alex Braeban
    Patricia Seymour
    Mary McDermott

    St Monica’s Mother’s Group

  • Reply Veronica February 14, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I enjoyed the article immensely and am looking forward to trying the recipes. The frittata sounds delish! Thanks Jennifer & gang, and ATHLETA!

  • Reply Kristi February 14, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Looks amazing! Is there a recipe cor the doughnuts?

    • Reply Jennifer Diaz February 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Kristi! I’m currently tweaking this donut recipe, and will definitely be sharing it in the near future!

  • Reply Britt February 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Incredibly inspiring! I especially loved the Galentine’s cards. I did, though, click on the page to see the recipe for the donuts.

    • Reply Jennifer Diaz February 22, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Britt! I’m so glad to hear you loved the Galentine’s cards! I’m currently tweaking the donut recipe and will be posting it soon!

  • Reply Liz Ryan February 14, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    So happy to have found this blog! What great recipes! Can’t wait to try them. Just left the store and found some great new spring sports for golf! SOO OVER THIS WEATHER:-( bring on Spring!!! Look forward to tons more great healthy recipes! Thanks for all your hard work!

    • Reply Liz Ryan February 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      whoops! I need to edit – sports should be skorts!

  • Reply Yoni February 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Where is the recipe for the sweet treat? It looks like a doughnut or a mini bagel with frosting…
    Thank you

    • Reply Jennifer Diaz February 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Yoni! I’m in the process of tweaking this donut recipe. Once I’m done, I’ll definitely share it!

  • Reply Joya February 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Me too, looking for the recipe of the doughnuts! Where is it? Sad face… 🙁

    • Reply Jennifer Diaz February 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Hey Joya! I’m currently working on this donut recipe. Once I’m done making a few adjustments I’ll be more than happy to share it!

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