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.
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.
Chocolate - As long as you are focusing on eating dark chocolate with little sugar, then chocolate has a lot of minerals to offer such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese as well as flavanol, which has been shown to aid in cardiovascular health.  If you have a sweet tooth, try to squash it with dark chocolate dipped in natural peanut butter, and enjoy it guilt free!
Excellent recipe, came out amazing, delicious and just as the picture. Taste was rich and cake moist. Was a bit too sweet, will reduce the amount of sugar next time. No need to add sugar to the egg whites. If you want your cake to have height, you need to be extremelly careful while folding in the whipped egg whites. Overall I really recommend if you are a chocolate lover like me!
If you want to beat food guilt, think about why you have it in the first place. What triggers your guilt? It might be specific foods or it might be an internal feeling. Now think about why. Do you feel bloated after you eat it? Did someone once tell you that X food was healthier than Y food and now you feel bad after eating Y food? Once you find the root of your guilt, you can start to alleviate it.

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.

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Hi Hilda, thanks for the info on the sugar and the link. Just to ensure I am understanding the #’s, is it safe to say that the total carb count is 7.3g? And of that 7.3g the sugar amount is 3.9g? I have an app I use to track and it is simple total carbs, total fat and total protein, that is as detailed as it gets. I wanted to put this recipe in that appt journal so I can track correctly.

There's nothing sinister about these no-bake fudgy brownies. Made with good-for-you ingredients like dates, raw cocoa and natural peanut butter, they'll fuel your body instead of tiring it out.

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Because healthy foods are delicious and are supposed to be!!!! Have you ever went through a long period of no sugar and realized how tasty fruits and veggies really are? The problem is, our taste buds are desensitized to naturally delicious, natural foods thanks to processed foods. And I once heard on Dr Oz, we are addicted to our food people! So no, I do not buy your argument to justify to continue to eat processed, high fat, and high sugar foods, that we are addicted to. I guarantee you, if you ate all natural foods that our bodies were designed to consume, we would naturally return to a normal and healthy weight, and we would no longer overeat. Read the latest research on epigenetics…..our cells rely on certain vitamins and minerals, and many genes of certain diseases are turned on later in life bc of our bad habits.

Sitting on a homemade maple graham crust is a decadent, delicious filling made from silken tofu. This fully vegan dessert feels rich yet is light, and can be finished with whichever topping you love.

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Perfect for a summer day or after a meal, these popsicle sticks are effortlessly amazing. Made with only three ingredients and endless possibilities, they are bound to become one of your favorite go-to snacks. With these sweet treats, there is the option to leave out the chocolate chips, and we suggest to add in some chia seeds or a fruit of your choice.

You’ve been putting in extra hours at the gym, guzzling plenty of water and eating healthy all week, but then nighttime rolls around and your craving for something sweet hits HARD. The thing is, you don’t have to tell your sweet tooth to chill and deprive yourself completely. It’s possible to still indulge in dessert without totally canceling out all your hard work. Here are 18 lightened-up dessert recipes that you’ll go absolutely crazy over.
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!
Kelley Herring had to win over her health condition that went misdiagnosed for two full years. She learned that her sickness was a result of yeast infection,  sugars,  and preservatives in her diet and came to realize how a diet can break or build a person. Now, Kelly is the CEO, of Healing Gourmet website. She has written a number of resources on healthy eating and authored Healing Gourmet and Eat to Beat Diabetes that was published by McGraw-Hill back in 2005. Kelley has gathered ways to improve her health by simple changes in her lifestyle. She targeted mainly nutritional biochemistry, and learned how food compounds can help improve health and fight diseases. Kelley professionally leads a team of dieticians, doctors and chefs to create tools and resources on proper eating and nutrition.

Oats are one of the more protein-dense whole grains, combined here with tender apples and the real protein star of this breakfast: yogurt. Use unsweetened Greek yogurt for the most protein and lowest sugar option. No more blood sugar crashes!

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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.
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.
Hi Heidi, If you do not have any on hand just leave it out. The coffee just enhances the flavor. You can't use regular coffee because it would add unnecessary liquid. This is an example of what I mean by espresso instant powder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LTI9DH2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01LTI9DH2&linkCode=as2&tag=fittoserveg06-20&linkId=0b16eb7c16f1f2be9589c12e866571fa If you happen to have regular instant coffee this also would work.
Eat real food. That’s the essence of today’s nutrition message. Our knowledge of nutrition has come full circle, back to eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it. Based on a solid foundation of current nutrition science, Harvard’s Special Health Report Healthy Eating: A guide to the new nutrition describes how to eat for optimum health.

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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Juicy, refreshing watermelon, soft goat cheese, and crunchy bacon. A combo we are big fans of! Goat cheese is lower in calories and fat than cheese from a cow’s milk. Many people want to cut the dairy out of their diets, but research says that dairy plays an important role in the brain’s function. So, basically, this snack will make you a genius. There is also high calcium levels in goat cheese that contribute to the strength of your bones and can even prevent migraine headaches.

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!
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.

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.

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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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