Don't feel guilty if you need your daily chocolate fix. Dark chocolate that is 70 to 85 percent cacao offers around 90 calories per half-ounce serving. In 2011, Boston-based researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a review of the benefits of dark chocolate. Published in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition," the study reported that consuming dark chocolate on a daily basis for two to 12 weeks improves blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol. This is the harmful cholesterol that hardens arteries and increases your risk of heart disease. Although dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart, keep your serving size to a half-ounce to avoid consuming a high amount of calories.
I like how it also delves into using ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from aging helping our skin to stay youthful and radiant. Cocoa powder is one recommendation as it has a whopping ORAC score of 80,933 – about 14 times higher than blueberries. My all time favorite though is Clove oil where 1 drop is equal to about 400 cups of blueberries!
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.
Using the peanut paste, you can smear it on apples, bananas, or rice crackers. You can also replace the peanut butter in your favourite Thai noodle sauce with PB2, or use it in its powdered form in baked goods. If you go the baked goods route, make sure to swap out about ¼ of flour the recipe calls for since you’ll be adding extra powder with the PB2.
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.

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.

I’m Julie. This is where my love of cupcakes, digital photography as well as writing comes to life! How did this recipe thing all begin? In November of 2012, I made the decision that I needed to keep a log of my recipes, so I started a simple recipe blog. This beautiful collection of cupcakes and cafe delights continues to grow every week and I can’t wait to see where it is 5 years down the road. My grandma encouraged all of my baking. At family gatherings with well over 250 individuals the midst of absolutely no where, she consistently was able to create perfect cherry cobblers along with other goodies for dessert over the campfire. It seemed to be like magic for me.


Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this creamy cheesecake. Top with fresh berries or a fresh lemon curd for a light finish to any meal.

Get the recipe for Raw Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Almond Crust


Never heard of PB2 before? You’re in for a treat! It’s peanut butter in powdered form, made by pressing peanuts to remove their natural oils and fat content. In the end, you get a powdered peanut butter that has about 85% to 90% fewer calories than traditional peanut butter! PB2 has become a go-to for the health conscious since it’s so easy to throw into meals, baked goods and post-workout smoothies. You still get the delicious flavour of peanut butter without all the calories!

I've made so far: The chocolate chip pancakes. Amazing tasting, speedy and a great breakfast. Breakfast nachos! Better than expected and took all of 5 minutes. Sausage Biscuit, a more time intensive meal but I found the end result great. I actually used the leftovers to make things other than sausage biscuits such as a reasonably sized sausage sub for lunch as well. The biscuits were so good that I ate a couple on their own!
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