Valentine’s day might be over but that doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about love especially when it comes to loving yourself.

This week we wanted to share our favourite ways to show the love whether it be a conscious affirmation or simply treating yourself to a brownie or a bar of chocolate every now and then.

 

Try This

Lee From America Intentions

We are all about affirmations at team Asquith. Whether this is as a team or individually at home. We find it useful to scribble down our goals and intentions for the month sharing what we want to achieve and how we want to feel, throwing in anything that we want to be reminded of. Whether these be about being kinder to yourself or making sure you get that all important me time. Anything goes and we say if you write it down it sticks!

Get some inspo from wellness guru @leefromamerica here.


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Aromatherapy

 

Book yourself in for some self-care time at one of our favourite London spots;

  • Cowshed – Simple and effective we love their comforting yet funky décor, their highly trained staff and their simple products. The Cowshed Spa in Selfridges feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the crazy city and does great 30 minute treatments if you don’t have time for a full hour.

 

  • Jivita Ayurveda – This secret gem of a wellness centre is run by a highly trained team of practitioners offering everything from facials to colonics all using traditional Ayurvedic style healing techniques. Go here if you want the best of the best to help you relax and restore.

 

  • Content Beauty – Content is one of our go-to stores for all things organic. Founder Imelda has spent a lifetime researching, curating and discovering the latest and best in clean beauty and has created a reputation of sourcing products that are completely clean but highly effective. With in-house practitioners and visiting, guests from all over the world go here for results-driven treatments using the very best products.

 

Make This

We couldn’t write this blog without mentioning chocolate…

Not only is chocolate full of antioxidant boosting properties but bursting with feel-good flavonoids, it’s a perfect way to treat yourself.

These easy vegan chocolate brownies by the Minimalist Baker are totally guilt-free, utterly delicious and so easy to make.

Trust us when we say, one won’t be enough!

Vegan chocolate brownies by the Minimalist Baker

Ingredients; 

  • 2 batches flax eggs (2 Tbsp (14 g) flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp (75 ml) water as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size)
  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or agave nectar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend* (or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/4 cup almond meal*
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly grease a baking tray with coconut oil.
  • Prepare flax eggs in a small mixing bowl. (click here for instructions on flax eggs) Set aside.
  • Add coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine and start dissolving the coconut sugar.
  • Add in the flax eggs and whisk once more until combined. Then add baking powder, sea salt, and cocoa powder and whisk.
  • Add gluten-free flour blend and almond meal and fold with a spatula until mixed. Then add vegan chocolate chips or nuts if desired.
  • Add the batter to the greased baking tray and spread into an even layer with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake for 17-22 minutes, or until the edges appear dry and slightly fluffy and the centre is no longer wet or sticky.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes and enjoy!

 

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