Do you start thinking about breakfast as soon as you finish dessert? If so, you’re not alone – providing yourself with fuel in the morning is just as important as satisfying your cravings at the end of the day. Check out our 7 Power Breakfasts eBook for morning support from the SkinnyMs. team. You can keep up-to-date on what new recipes we’re trying out out by going to our Pinterest page and liking us on Facebook.
What else? There is never ‘guilt’ as an ingredient. I promise. Go check the back of your favorite “guilty” food, it won’t be listed. When we label foods as ‘guilt free’ it makes it seem like we should feel guilt about foods that aren’t labeled guilt free. Yikes. What’s really happening is that the labeling of this product is using basic psychology and marketing principles to make you buy their product - but it’s also changing how you feelings and thoughts about food.
17. Heavenly Blueberry and Cream Dessert: Heavenly is the absolute right word to describe this dessert. Use a store-bought angel food cake to save yourself some time and layer it with homemade whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Stick the completed trifle in the fridge and try to distract yourself for the next two hours while it chills. (via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

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.


I decided to make it while my older boys were at baseball practice (so they wouldn’t see what I was making) and then give them a piece after dinner and get their feedback. They. Loved. It. When I told them it had a can of Diet Coke in it, their jaws hit the floor! You can use any kind of diet soda and any cake mix too – I’m already thinking of the yummy combos! Strawberry cake mix + orange soda, funfetti cake + lemon-lime soda, I mean seriously the list goes on and on! I’m a chocolate freak and currently trying to maintain a healthier diet, so this really hit the spot!
You can also substitute it in your favourite smoothie recipes. Add PB2 in powder form instead of high calorie peanut butter. And it will make a great addition to your favourite keto pancakes! You can also use it to make your favourite frozen treats or protein bars by simply substituting PB2! Don’t forget a classic PB&J sandwich, using the PB2 powder mixed with water to form a yummy paste!

Guiltless chocolate brownies made with butternut squash are bursting with fresh raspberries and white chocolate.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Brownie with Raspberries and White Chocolate Chips


Coated in cinnamon-sugar and finished with melted dark or white chocolate, these delicious churro-style doughnuts — hold the deep fryer — can be made in under an hour, and are the perfect party snack. Swap regular chocolate for a dairy-free variety to make this fully vegan.

Get the recipe for Vegan Churro Doughnuts


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.
If you’re looking for a way to sustain your health and weight loss goals, the keto diet may be just the thing for you. It’s a high fat, low carb eating plan that forces your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When your body is in ketosis, it uses fat as its primary food source, rather than carbohydrates. Your body typically burns carbs for energy, but the goal of the keto diet is to rid your body of as many carbs as you can so that your body has to look elsewhere for fuel. It ends up burning new and stored fat for weight loss that actually lasts!
Why would you have plain old sweet-potato fries when you can wrap them in bacon? This recipe calls for just two ingredients: sweet potatoes and bacon. The only trick is twirling the bacon around the sweet potato fries, but it's pretty darn easy. What you end up with is a surprisingly attractive party hors d'oeuvre (if you don't devour them all yourself, of course).  

Butter, cheese, full fat milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream, beef, pork and nuts - The common thread here is that many still are confused about fat since it was wrongfully demonized in the 1970s. The fats that are found in these foods are long chain fatty acids (LCFA) and form the core structural fats in the body comprising 75 - 80% of fatty acids in most cells. LCFA, along with monounsaturated fats (MFA) are the body’s preferred fuel source. Well conducted and replicated research has shown that these fats reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing HDL-cholesterol, lowering triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol. These fats also help to increase muscle mass and stabilize energy and mood.
While these little treats are not actually Paleo if you decide to use peanut butter, they are still little bites of heaven. If you choose to stick with almond butter, they can still be eaten on a Paleo diet, and they are just as delicious! The Reese’s we are all familiar with is filled with refined sugars and a bunch of other ingredients no one knows how to pronounce. Here is a healthy option to swap for your favorite candy. The recipe is quick and the outcome is oh-so-tasty.

Although they look like chocolate truffles, these vegan, low-fat, low-sugar gems are packed with dried fruits and nuts. They're perfect to take along with you as a post-workout protein kick, or if you need an energy boost throughout the day.

Get the recipe for Anna Olson's Chocolate Almond Energy Gems


Zucchini adds moisture and a bit of sneaky nutrition in this classic quick bread, while chopped pecans add a crunchy twist. Make a double batch and stick a loaf in the freezer for when a craving strikes.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Bread with Pecans


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.
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!
If you enjoy articles and recipes like these and want more, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App. For those that don’t have it, it’s a brilliant food app available for both Android and iPhone. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to cut out or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, and more find awesome recipes, cooking tips, articles, product recommendations and how-tos. The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions.
Ketogenic diets also help lower insulin levels, which can prevent type 2 diabetes, or reduce the symptoms of those with T2 Diabetes. The pancreas makes insulin to regulate glucose levels and move glucose through the bloodstream.  Since the ketogenic diets limits carbohydrate intake, your body will have less glucose and therefore produce less insulin.
This variation is most often used in medical settings. Often, the dieter will start this variation with a three day fast. The RKD is the most effective keto diet for fighting against cancer. A 2010 study showed that a patient with a form of brain cancer had no signs of mutated brain tissue after two months on this diet. Medical professionals will not only monitor caloric intake, carbs, and ketosis, but specific ketone levels will need to be achieved.
Potatoes or any other vegetable cooked with or dressed with butter/healthy oils -  As long as you aren’t eating reconstituted fries from a drive-thru, potatoes in the form of wedges, baked with sour cream and bacon, mashed, or boiled are all full of the many vitamins and minerals that potatoes have to offer such as Vitamin C, B-6, iron, potassium and fibre. Potatoes also have ⅓ of the carbs and calories that pasta and bread have, so they shouldn’t be put in the same category as these more carb/starch dense foods. Dress other vegetables in a salad with plenty of olive oil, and bake or saute vegetables with butter, coconut oil, avocado oil or canola oil.

We're making your childhood dreams come true with this safe-to-consume vegan cookie dough you can eat by the spoonful. Its secret powerhouse ingredient? Chickpeas!

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Chia seeds are a superfood known to satisfy hunger with a low-calorie count. Does it get any better than that? Actually, yes. They’re also filled with fiber and loaded with antioxidants, so why not add some chocolate and pumpkin to amp up this tiny nutrient-packed food to make it your afternoon snack. You could even swap out the milk and replace it with a nut milk if you’re looking to cut back on the dairy.
We all have cravings and impulses and urges. Heck, half the time time I don’t want to get up in the morning and go to work, or help my kids with homework, or wash dishes. These are impulses, but ultimately, I know the work needs to get done. Well, why is that different than eating? Why is it OK to succumb to our urges that push us further away from our goals, because its food? What if it was drugs? You get my point…..

“When we finally take the restrictions off our food choices, we’re less likely to crave or overeat those indulgent foods,” Pike said. “What you eat over the long haul is more important than any one particular meal or food item that you eat. Your eating patterns should be sustainable long-term, considering your taste preferences, budget and lifestyle.”

If you’re looking for an alternative to cream and sugar-based ice creams, a can of coconut milk perked up with espresso beans is just the ticket. The healthy fats in coconut butter (similar to peanut butter, but made with coconut flakes instead of nuts) rounds things out.

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To make this quick and healthy dessert, simply whip up some unsweetened coconut cream in a food processor to form a whipped cream consistency and serve with some fresh berries. That’s it! You now have a delicious guilt-free dessert that doesn’t add unnecessary amounts of sugar plus this recipe is dairy free and packs in a nice dose of fiber and antioxidants from the berries.
The traditional tomato soup with a little spunk! Soup is not your conventional snack but as long as you remember portions were thinking this soup will change your mind. This low sugar soup combines potatoes, which are high in B6 and have a rich flavor, crunchy bacon, and white beans to make it a complete snack to warm your belly and satisfy your hunger until your next meal. Tomato soup alone comes packed with essential minerals and vitamins but with the addition of white beans you are also adding a source of protein.

4. HEAT an 8" skillet on medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and pour about 1⁄4 cup of the batter into the skillet. Immediately tilt the skillet and swirl the batter around to coat the entire cooking surface. Cook until the bottom side is golden brown, 1 to 1½ minutes. Loosen with a spatula and flip, using the spatula and your fingers to help turn the crêpe. Cook until the opposite side is golden brown, reducing the heat to medium low if the crêpe browns too quickly, about 45 seconds. Transfer to a plate and cover with a kitchen towel.


These vegan muffins prove you can whip up a delicious baked good when low on pantry staples. Switch up the pears and pecans in this recipe for whichever fruits and nuts you have on hand.

Get the recipe for Vegan Pear, Cranberry and Pecan Muffins


Research has found that the antioxidant capacity of cacao in comparison to green tea, black tea, and red wine has the greatest activity and most potential for health benefits. If you don’t know, antioxidants are those fabulous things that slow down those unwanted changes that come with aging, reduce the risk of cancer and help decrease the chances of heart disease. At only 108 calories a pop, feel free to have two or three of these eye-pleasing little bliss balls.
Although preferable, you DON’T have to. You see, most alcohol contains large amounts of carbs, which you are trying to control while on Ketogenic diet. Vodka with soda water and lime has zero carbs. So does tequila, brandy, and whiskey. Most glasses of wine (5oz, not the full glass) have 0-4g of carbs. Beer and mixed drinks have significantly more carbs. So if you are having your drinks straight up, you’ll be safer.

The idea that all of our weight gain is tied to lack of exercise is not born out by data, and it’s a myth perpetuated by the exercise industry, and producers of harmful foods that want to convince you that you can still consume their product if you just get off your lazy butt, effectively blaming us for the impact of what they encourage us to consume from infancy.


17. Heavenly Blueberry and Cream Dessert: Heavenly is the absolute right word to describe this dessert. Use a store-bought angel food cake to save yourself some time and layer it with homemade whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Stick the completed trifle in the fridge and try to distract yourself for the next two hours while it chills. (via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)
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