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.
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.
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.
“Food is not morally good or bad,” said Alyssa Pike, a registered dietician and the nutrition communications coordinator for the International Food Information Council Foundation. “It’s only when you categorize it that way when feelings of shame or guilt become associated with certain foods. Once we stop labeling foods as good or bad, we can stop feeling guilty about them.”

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.


The Most Decadent Diet Ever! is actually NOT a diet book! It tells the story of how I’ve lost over 70 pounds and kept it off WITHOUT dieting! Then it offers over 125 incredibly decadent recipes – the stuff we all crave (like Buffalo Wings and Chocolate Layer Cake). It’s the perfect book if you think that healthy food can’t be insanely delicious AND/OR if you love to bake (though there are plenty of “real food” recipes too). The recipes are simple, but many do take a bit of time.
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.

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!
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.

Think about the first time you tried a diet-y food or made your friend try something like frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. They probably reacted with a bit of disappointment compared to the real thing, but with enough praise of how ‘healthy’ this alternative is and some convincing marketing might be able to get just as excited about the diet version. That’s marketing.

The Standard Ketogenic Diet Plan is the plan that you will learn the most about. When the “Keto Diet” is referenced, this is the plan being referenced. This diet plan consists of a 75% fat intake, 20% protein intake, and 5% carbohydrate intake. As with all diets, you should keep in mind that fat intake is different for everyone, so you can tweak it to your optimal consumption point.
If you enjoy cooking, but hate schlepping to the grocery store and finding recipes, then Home Chef meal delivery service ($49.80 and up; homechef.com) will help make home-cooked dinners a regular part of your routine. Offering low-carb and low-calorie options, Home Chef delivers ingredients for two to six people and allows you to select how many times per week you'd like to cook. The delivery service works on a subscription-based model, but you can select different options and meals each week, as well as cancel or pause at any time should life (or travel) get in the way. While Home Chef doesn't tailor to a specific diet, it allows you the flexibility of choosing meals that align with your needs. This works especially well if you're the only person in your household following the diet, since you can select other options for your family members or roommates.
Here is the best possible review I can give: I make items for people from this book, and they have no idea it's low fat or low calorie or anything! They love it! Haha! I always wait until they are done eating and then I say.. You know that was only 200 calories. They are always shocked and amazed. I've read a few reviews that say that ..oh this book isn't special it only replaces items that are fattening with their low fat counterparts. I don't think that's true. It's how they are combined with other ingredients that helps them taste like the real thing. I know I have tried many a time to just substitute low fat ingredients for full fat ones, and then it doesn't taste anywhere near the real thing. Devin has a way of making all the ingredients combine so well that the end result is just perfect! I highly recommend this book.
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