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.
Combine flour, ⅔ cup sugar and salt in a small heavy saucepan. Whisk in just enough of the milk to form a smooth paste. Mix in the remaining milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent burning (especially around the sides and bottom edges of the pot), until the mixture begins to bubble. Boil gently, stirring constantly, for 2 to 2½ minutes (the mixture will get very thick and then you may notice that it thins ever so slightly as the starch cooks). Scrape the hot mixture immediately over the chocolate and cocoa. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. The batter will be very thick. Stir in egg yolks and vanilla.
If there are certain foods that you really love and don't want to miss — like those creamy mashed potatoes or the dessert that's just calling your name — then limit ordinary foods like corn or a dinner roll to save calories where you won't miss them. Keep in mind that this isn't your only chance to eat these favorites. You can have pumpkin pie in March if you want to.

That’s right—fresh and fluffy doughnut holes rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked in neat and tidy muffin pans right in your own kitchen. Eating a Timbit will never be the same.

Get the recipe for The Pioneer Woman's Mini Doughnut Muffins


Protein is important on the keto diet, but too much of it will cause you to fall out of ketosis. If you are consistently eating more protein than is necessary for your body, your body will actually convert that protein into glucose, and use that glucose for energy. This is known as gluconeogenesis, which will actually break down your  lean muscle, and can also raise your blood glucose and insulin levels. Obviously, this will affect your ketosis, as you will have glucose fueling your body again.
For those seeking something sweet without dunking into the decadence of chocolate, these energy balls are for you! What a fun and healthy way to enjoy the taste of homemade Snickerdoodle cookies! These delicious energy balls are loaded with oats, cashews, dates, vanilla and cinnamon to keep you enjoying the taste of homemade sweets, while treating your body right. What a classic, with a twist… well, technically a roll. Love the idea of energy balls? Check out our round-up of 4 Lip-Smacking Energy Balls for a Tastier Snack Time >
In the past few years, the term “guilt-free comfort food” has been circulating on the internet and becoming prevalent in the marketing of food. Halo Top and the ilk advertise a guilt-free experience and Fitness magazine, The Daily Meal and Food Network have published roundup articles on guilt-free recipes. Many of these recipes substitute baked for fried, or they feature swaps like mac and cheese made with reduced-fat cheese or “ice cream” made with yogurt and vegan protein powder.

These chocolate covered balls are only three ingredients and enough to fool you into thinking it’s that high sugar, store-bought cookie dough. But, no, these are vegan, gluten free, grain free and refined sugar-free! How do these taste so good, you may wonder. There is something about the creamy peanut butter and crunchy peanuts combined with the chocolate shell that form a consistency so perfect it will make your taste buds go wild!

No oven? No problem! This berry tasty treats go into the freezer where the cashew, strawberry and coconut oil filling will solidify into a cool and creamy treat.

Get the recipe for Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites


Dr. Jen is hopeful that at some point terms like “guilt-free” will be destigmatized. “Being overweight is linked with low self-esteem, so as our culture slowly shifts from viewing overweight as a problem of lack of motivation, willpower and self-discipline, and rather a symptom of distress and possibly poor mental health, I believe a more compassionate stance will emerge,” she said.

It's easy to make room after a large meal for this light and airy mousse. Made with creamy avocado, ripe banana, coconut milk and cacao with a hint of maple syrup. Top with jewels of pomegranate or fresh berries before serving.

Get the recipe for Raw Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Pomegranates


Scenario: You go to a party or get together and end up eating more than expected. Or, maybe you had a heavy breakfast that leaves you feeling gross and tired. Or you binge and all is thrown off. This might lead to you feeling disappointed and result in making some unhealthy decisions throughout the rest of the day or cause you to throw in the towel.
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!
Living organisms maintain themselves by acquiring nutrients from their environments. The energy they extract from their environments permits them to initiate controlled movements. Basically, we are supposed to move, and by doing so we utilize nutrients we obtain from food. I dont think food enjoyment and pleasure is really a primal animal instinct. 😉

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.

No oven? No problem! This berry tasty treats go into the freezer where the cashew, strawberry and coconut oil filling will solidify into a cool and creamy treat.

Get the recipe for Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites


In a blog post for the International Food Information Council Foundation, Pike wrote how clean eating transformed from people wanting to eat more wholesome foods to it becoming “a privilege of consuming nicely packaged foods with influencer-approved ingredients,” and how this type of eating excludes those who don’t have access to upscale grocery stores. “[Clean eating] implies that those who don’t care to eat clean are unhealthy or lazy — they are eating ‘dirty,’” she wrote in the post.
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.
It's not uncommon to be doing well on a diet but also think from time to time, "I would do anything for a giant slice of cake." Cravings for sugary, sweet, and all around indulgent desserts seem to spike and stick around whenever we've gotten used to a healthy routine, and that can feel especially true if you've decided to try the keto diet. Since the whole point of this regimen is to rely on healthy fats and oils to burn fat, plunging a fork into a dessert seems strictly off limits.

These rich chocolate almond doughnuts are vegan and easy to make. You won't have to fumble with a special doughnut pan either since the dough rolls and cuts with ease.

Get the recipe for Anna Olson's Vegan Baked Chocolate Almond Doughnuts


Layers of banana, raspberry and blueberry yogurt (essentially plain yogurt, sugar and fruit blended together) are poured into popsicle molds before getting tossed in the freezer. A super simple treat the whole family will enjoy!

Get the recipe for Tri-Coloured Frozen Yogurt Popsicles


Andrea Soranidis is the author of popular food blog ThePetiteCook.com. She loves to share healthy and gourmet recipes inspired by her foodie adventures, and her aim is to help other foodies cook delicious easy recipes with natural ingredients. Follow The Petite Cook on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovethepetitecook) for your daily source of cooking inspiration from all around the world.

Layers of banana, raspberry and blueberry yogurt (essentially plain yogurt, sugar and fruit blended together) are poured into popsicle molds before getting tossed in the freezer. A super simple treat the whole family will enjoy!

Get the recipe for Tri-Coloured Frozen Yogurt Popsicles


There are no tricks to these tasty dairy- and egg-free cupcakes. Be sure to use refrigerated soy or almond milk instead of the shelf-stable kind (there are fewer additives, which can greatly affect texture and taste).

Get the recipe for Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes


These light and fluffy vegan pumpkin scones are sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a luscious maple glaze, making them a pretty decadent breakfast or coffee break treat you can feel good about!

Get the recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze


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!

You don’t need eggs and butter to make this homey classic. Featuring ingredients like spelt flour, flax and chocolate chips, it’s a suitable (and super tasty!) breakfast option.

Get the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Chef and former L.A. caterer Devin Alexander has maintained a fifty-five-pound weight loss for over sixteen years by transforming the dishes she and millions of other Americans love best into guilt-free (yet still outrageously mouth-watering) indulgences--Rigatoni with Meat Sauce, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers, Eggplant Parmesan, Sinless Yet Sinful Sticky Buns, and even Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
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