3rd Annual Fruits of the Spirit Recipe Series: Love and Joy

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this series the past few months! I started it in 2016 when I was in a particularly tumultuous season of life and was doing all I could to focus on the good, even during the particularly hard times. Life will always be a stretch of valleys and mountaintops and without one, we couldn’t fully appreciate the other. Making an intentional decision, especially during the holidays, to focus on positive qualities can make a world of difference. I can’t think of better qualities than the Fruits of the Spirit- lovejoypeacepatiencekindnessgoodnessfaithfulnessgentleness and self-control.

First up in the series is love and joy! Below you will find recipes that embody love and joy, specifically heart shaped-recipes or heart healthy recipes and some of the brightest recipes you can find that are sure to bring some joy to your plate! And a huge thank you to the dietitian friends of mine who were so kind to let me feature their recipes!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8


The below recipes are sure to make your heart happy for more reasons than one!

Avocado Frozen Hot Chocolate from Milk & Honey Nutrition
Goat Cheese & Grape Juice Crostini from Amy Gorin Nutrition
Gluten-Free Chocolate Pecan Love Bites from Spicy RD Nutrition
Cranberry Orange Protein Baked Oatmeal from Nutrition Starring You
Berry BBQ Salmon from KISS in the Kitchen

“…In Your presence, there is fullness of JOY…” Psalm 16:11

This particular fruit of the spirit is especially meaningful since we named our daughter Joy earlier this year. If you’d like to know more about how we chose her name, make sure to check out her birth story! The below recipes are bright, cheery and guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Wild Blueberry & Lemon Nice Cream from Amy Gorin Nutrition
Sparkling Berry Cherry Limeade from Nutrition to Fit
Gluten-Free Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream from KISS in the Kitchen
Raspberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies from Your Choice Nutrition


Thank you again to all those who have supported this series the past couple years. Whether you shared a recipe, shared this post or just scrolled through the recipes, I appreciate your involvement on such a meaningful collection of posts! Wishing you all an incredibly blessed December and stay tuned for peace and patience recipes coming your way soon. <3 Shannon

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2 Responses

    1. Thank you, Joanna! Appreciate you checking out this special series and that’s an excellent first choice! We’ve been eating that salmon for years (it’s one of Hector’s favorites). It’s also even easier and just as tasty to only use blueberries!

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