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Further proof that we are living in some bizarro capitalist dystopia came with reports from the United States on the ‘trend’ of co-workers donating portions of their paltry holiday allowance to new parents who have used up their paid family leave. Rather than a horrifying exposé of structural manipulation, it was framed as a cheery feelgood story of everyday heroism. Something is terribly, terribly wrong.

Well, buckle up, because these healthy desserts are about to take you on an unexpected, yet truly exciting ride. This means we’re not talking about chocolate covered strawberries—as tasty as they are. From potassium-packed chocolate banana bread muffins to “clean” cookie dough (that’s totally safe to eat raw), these amazing healthy desserts prove that healthy eating doesn’t have to mean salads without dressing. What’s more, making healthy choices can mean actually looking forward to what you eat.


Some days I "made it" until afternoon without eating, and I thought that was a good thing. But when I'd cut my calories down so that I should have been losing weight and wasn't, I went to a nutritionist. She was sure I'd lose weight if I ate early in the day. My big fear was that if I started eating earlier, I'd eat way too much, since I've always been a late–afternoon and early-evening eater. Finally, after much pressure, she convinced me that if I woke up and had just two bites of a banana, it couldn't possibly kill my caloric intake for the day and it would help kick-start my metabolism early.
It was late, and I was in town alone after seeing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and, as well as being elated and raw with emotion, I was suddenly starving. That panicky kind of hunger where it’s dangerous to go into Tesco because you know you’ll leave with a bag for life swollen with Nik Naks and coffee drinks and yesterday’s sushi, then still need some toast when you get in. And then I remembered burgers.

2. MELT the butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir in the sugars and reduce the heat to low. Heat the mixture (avoid simmering), stirring often, until the sugar is partially dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the cocoa, vanilla and 1⁄2 tsp salt. Beat the eggs lightly in a small bowl. Add to the cocoa mixture, stirring until just combined. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
Inspired by the old-school, ultra-rich, mousselike chocolate cake that usually called for a whole pound of chocolate, half a dozen eggs and lots of butter, this enlightened rendition has deep bittersweet chocolate flavor and dense melt-in-your-mouth texture. No one will guess it's healthier. The secret is excellent natural cocoa powder and good-quality bittersweet chocolate, preferably with 70% cacao. Although the cake can be eaten once it's completely cool, it comes out of the pan much easier and even tastes better if it has been chilled at least overnight.
This way we aren’t over eating and “ruining” anything. Seriously, you will be amazed at the progress you make following this rule. Remember a burger, fries, and milkshake aren’t inherently evil, they are made up of protein, carbs, fat, minerals and vitamins just like salmon and broccoli. But it’s a lot easier to eat 2,500 calories in one sitting at 5 Guys scarfing back our food with no awareness.
Legumes and whole grains can be key for satiety — just know this is where most people get into trouble with overeating. Our guide is to fill no more than one-quarter of your plate with a nutritionally rich source of starch like sweet potato or butternut squash. The key to staying on track with this guideline is savoring every morsel. Eat mindfully. Put your fork down between bites, feel the food in your mouth, and note the texture and flavor as you chew. Enjoy your food and you’ll be less likely to go overboard.

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If you find yourself craving something sweet try one of these quick, simple, and delicious guilt-free desserts instead. You will find that healthy eating doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat it just means that there are healthier ways to enjoy them. Give these recipes a try, and you may be surprised at how much they satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Plus, you won’t have to worry about feeling guilty after eating them. It’s a win, win!
Hi, not to rain on someone else’s blog, but I have made these twice and was blown away- search’ bakery style keto chocolate chip cookies’. It is unbelievable that they are keto. Sorry, Kim, but these are really, REALLY good. give them a try, too! BTW, thank you so much for posting this dessert list. I especially like the dairy free pudding one, Ill be trying that as soon as I can get the ingredients.
Who doesn’t love a good brownie for dessert? The problem is that traditional brownies are full of sugar, artificial ingredients, and gluten which is not something you would want to include as part of a healthy diet. However, this doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy a brownie again it just means that you have to get creative with how you make your brownie recipes.
Roasting fruit intensifies its natural sugars, so all you need are two teaspoons of honey for this easy dessert from Eating Well. This version uses apples, frozen pitted cherries and grapes, but you could also try this with frozen berries. The result is sweet and tart and tastes like the filling of your favorite fruit pie. Serve with low-sugar ice cream or Greek yogurt.

Rather than chastising ourselves for eating ice cream, we need to congratulate ourselves for enjoying it mindfully. We need to banish the inner voices that shame us for enjoying food and replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. That will help us feel good about ourselves and our food choices, which boosts self-worth and perpetuates a positive cycle of making better choices. The goal: Get to a point where we nourish the body with nutritious food and allow treats in moderation, without any guilt or trickery.
3. ROLL OUT the dough into an 11" round on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom. Firmly press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan. Trim the edges. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork. Line with foil or parchment paper and weight down with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and weights. Bake for 5 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a rack.
To avoid these messages is a part-time job with little security and no holiday, yet vital, if you want to enjoy food and still not detest your belly. And even when you’re sane, even when you know that thinness is not godliness and sugar is not evil, there is still the pressing awareness, like a small sharp stone in your shoe, that eating a burger is… wrong.
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Though I'm definitely a "relationship girl," one of the few things I love about being single is that it almost forces me to try new restaurants. When a date asks me where I want to eat, I always tell him to pick his favorite spot. That way, even if I don't hit it off with him, I can scour the menu to find a unique dish that might be fun to transform.
Whether you want to kick your afternoon sweet habit or simply need a snack to tide you over until your next meal, you have several healthy options available. Guilt-free foods are low in calories, provide nutrients to keep you healthy and offer fiber to improve satiety. Foods ranging from carrots to dark chocolate provide the nutrition your body needs, without excessive fat and calories to make you feel guilty.

But that’s our food reality these days. Food marketers freely use words like “guilt” and “sin” and “cheat” in the context of food, so what we eat is wrapped up in who we are and the choices we make. We judge food as being either good or bad, and then judge ourselves based on what we choose to eat. If we enjoy salad, we are good, but if we indulge in ice cream, we are bad . . . unless it’s guilt-free ice cream, of course. Doesn’t this sound absurd?


The beauty of vegan baking and raw cake-making is that you can totally reinvent classic dishes. That way, you get to enjoy two versions: the more traditional, familiar recipe, and the new, tantalizing recipe. The brownie base of Clémence Moulart‘s Raw Walnut Coffee Cake is a cheeky wink to all the chocolate lovers out there: it makes this cake even more indulgent!

Meanwhile, the tanning industry makes misleading claims for the healthfulness of indoor tanning. One claim is that it helps build a base that protects against sunburn. It does, but only slightly — the equivalent of a sunscreen rated SPF 4 or less. Another claim is that tanning is a good way to stimulate the skin's production of vitamin D, a hormone that's essential to bone health and has been linked to a reduced risk for several cancers. But you can get all the vitamin D you need in a daily vitamin D supplement, which offers all the benefits without any of the risks to your skin.
Raw desserts often feature a short list of whole, unprocessed ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. They get their sweetness from dried fruit, raw agave nectar, and other natural sweeteners. No refined or artificial sweeteners here! They are no-bake! Great for the warmth of spring or summer, and also for energy conservation, you can avoid cranking up the oven to 350 when making a raw dessert. Most raw desserts are gluten-free and vegan!
In order to make stocking up on products easy, Brandless has created a Keto Pantry Essentials Bundle ($52; brandless.com) that includes a variety of keto-friendly products at a very affordable price. This 17-piece set includes everything from spices like ground turmeric and thyme to snacks like wild tuna and peanut butter, allowing you to have a good selection of items for easy, versatile cooking. All the products are organic and non-GMO, coming in resealable packaging for peak freshness. You can also buy these items individually, but the set is really helpful for people who need to start from scratch in the kitchen.
As our understanding of the science behind diet and nutrition change, so too do the techniques behind dieting to lose weight. The Leaf weight loss blog is dedicated to keeping you informed about the most nutritious diet foods and dietary habits, working with top nutritionists to identify key ingredients to a balanced diet while still giving you the weight loss tools to indulge yourself in moderation.

Too often we are focused on calories, fat, carbs and protein and we aren’t eating food for its vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content. Eating whole foods, including healthy fats and protein, help to keep us feeling satiated, balance our energy and mood and keep carb cravings down, all of which aid in maintaining or achieving a healthy weight. So, not only does a diet full of whole foods alleviate food guilt, it also eliminates the need to count calories.
What is the Paleo diet? You may hear a lot of people raving about this new diet that you should try but do you really know what it is? To give you a brief background, it is technically known as the Paleolithic diet or better yet the caveman diet. It's pretty much more protein and meat, fewer cabs and high fiber intake via non-starchy vegetables and fruits. What you should know is that you can't eat dairy products, grains or brown rice.

One of my best friends is getting married in October and I’m so excited to be a bridesmaid in the wedding! BUT, I have some pregnancy weight to lose now and I’m trying to scale back on what I eat, and to make sure I’m making healthy choices. I’ve been doing pretty good so far, and have transitioned to eating more salads, veggies, and lean proteins. But as a newly postpartum mama I’m also dealing with sleep deprivation and exhaustion from having three kids at home, so I haven’t given up coffee (no way!), and sweets are still my kryptonite. So, to remedy that, skinny desserts are my cure!
If you find yourself craving something sweet try one of these quick, simple, and delicious guilt-free desserts instead. You will find that healthy eating doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat it just means that there are healthier ways to enjoy them. Give these recipes a try, and you may be surprised at how much they satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Plus, you won’t have to worry about feeling guilty after eating them. It’s a win, win!
Oh. Wow. Never would I have thought that a Diet Soda + Cake Mix = a decadent, yet low fat CAKE! Consider my mind blown. Just by nixing the eggs and oil, you deduct many calories from the cake. But who would have thought that adding a can of my favorite diet soda to it instead of the eggs and oil would make such a divine, diet-friendly dessert! Not me!!!!! Gotta be honest. I was truly skeptical. I decided I would give it a go but not have high expectations. And honestly, it was really delicious!

Rich, buttery, and kissed with orange liqueur, this pound cake will bring on a sweet swoon. You can even make it up to 2 weeks in advance, if wrapped in plastic, sealed in a freezer bag, and frozen. just defrost the day before serving. If you can't find high-quality fresh berries for the compote, you can substitute frozen, thawed strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.


I’ve worked, and I’m working really hard, not to be weird about food. Like many women, especially, it’s been something I’ve been conscious of having to keep an eye on since school, where eating disorders were a core lesson of Key Stage 3, then through adulthood, where an essential facet of feminine bonding is sharing a hatred of our own bodies, and where, in the past decade, the idea of dieting to lose weight has morphed into a far more complicated and expensive concept of wellness, classing foods as either good or bad, right or wrong.
Oh....my.....GOSH!!! I loved this!!!! This was so delicious. Amazingly, delightfully, spoon-and-plate-lickingly good! No one will ever guess that it is reasonably healthy. Wow! It tastes like you bought it at a high-end pastry shop. If you or your guests are chocolate fans you HAVE TO make this!!!! It's one of the best things that I've ever made. A couple tips: if you can find them, bittersweet chocolate chips will make your life easier so you don't have to chop up the chocolate. Use good quality chocolate. Bittersweet isn't the same as semisweet. If you do use semisweet, you'll probably want to cut down on the sugar. I used Camino organic bittersweet chips and they were fantastic. If you want the cake to have the right height: 1. beat the heck out of the egg whites. They need to be STIFF. It will take several minutes. 2. Make sure to fold, not stir in the eggwhites. If you're not sure how to do either of these, just google it. I used a 9" pan and it rose to the top of the pan and looked just like the photo. The cake is VERY intense, rich and chocolaty. I cut it into 8 pieces but I think at that size it was almost too intense. I'd suggest that you stick to what the recipe says and cut into 12 pieces. The piece will be small but very satisfying. Then if anyone wants more, they can go ahead (One of my guests left about 1/4 of her piece and then threw it in the garbage. I wanted to cry!) I lined the bottom AND the sides with 2 pieces of parchment paper that hung over the sides

Dessert—quite possibly the eighth wonder of the world—sometimes gets a bad rap for packing on the calories. But here at Nutrisystem, we believe that dessert doesn’t have to demolish your healthy diet. In fact, we know there are plenty of ways to indulge without maxing out on calories or feeling the guilt that normally goes hand-in-hand with decadent treats.
Forget the arbitrary recommendation to drink eight glasses of water a day. Instead, calculate half your ideal body weight in pounds, then drink that number of ounces of water each day. So, a 150-pound person would aim for 75 ounces of water per day. Hydrating yourself this way helps distribute micronutrients to the cells and keeps you feeling full all day long.
When you eat in the abundant fashion I’m suggesting, eating at regular intervals during the day should become less of a headache because you’re not stressing about portion control. Be mindful not to let more than four to five hours lapse without eating something. And whether you’re consuming a snack or a meal, follow our healthy plate recommendations and remember to load up on leafy and crunchy vegetables.
If junk foods are “bad,” it’s human nature to try to make them good so we can continue to enjoy them without remorse. That’s where the whole guilt-free movement comes from — it’s supposed to give us permission to indulge. But it’s based on lies. The reality is that no magic wand can turn sugar and trans fat into health food, and it shouldn’t have to. It’s okay to have a treat once in a while.

Hi, not to rain on someone else’s blog, but I have made these twice and was blown away- search’ bakery style keto chocolate chip cookies’. It is unbelievable that they are keto. Sorry, Kim, but these are really, REALLY good. give them a try, too! BTW, thank you so much for posting this dessert list. I especially like the dairy free pudding one, Ill be trying that as soon as I can get the ingredients.
The key to this is high-intensity workouts. This variation of the Keto Diet s not intended for the majority of gym-goers. If you are a runner, play on an intramural sports league, or attend cardio classes, stick with the SKD. You can still get the boost that you need with a fat bomb before or after your workout. If you are a bodybuilder, or a professional athlete, then the TKD might be for you.
Those who “cheat” at the modern rules of eating, where the ultimate aim appears to be a white-eyed kind of superior weightlessness, are now so laughably old-fashioned that Americans (nearly 40% of whom are obese) are being invited to pay $38 to dress up as them, being photographed with pizza as a document of how far it’s possible to fall. Into a cereal bowl, into a pit, into a dark and terrifying place where you are a walking burger and no longer in control.

It's really important to get lots of fiber in your diet. Fiber helps you fill up without filling out. Obviously, eating lots of veggies is one way to get your needed fiber intake, but you can also get fiber from fruits, whole grains, and some great new products found on the shelves at grocery stores all over the country. One of the products I love best are light English muffins, which often contain lots of fiber. I also love high-fiber tortillas and fiber-enriched pasta. Recently, I've found a lot of granola-type bars that pack in the fiber. Those are great to curb hunger, especially when you just don't have time to cook and need a little pick-me-up in the middle of the day or before or after a workout.
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