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.

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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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.
If junk foods are “bad,” it’s human nature to try to make them good so we can continue to enjoy them without remorse. That’s where the whole guilt-free movement comes from — it’s supposed to give us permission to indulge. But it’s based on lies. The reality is that no magic wand can turn sugar and trans fat into health food, and it shouldn’t have to. It’s okay to have a treat once in a while.

Turn off the oven and head to your nearest farmers’ market to grab a basket of naturally sweet and tangy raspberries. This raw and vegan dessert will please any diner, regardless of dietary restriction.

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A healthy fudge that takes ten minutes to make. Say what?! This rich fudge is the perfect combo of super food ingredients that will grab your hunger’s attention. With the calorie count low, make these into fudge bars with two servings worth. Change up the toppings each time you make these with some other nutrient dense foods (even try something like cayenne to give it a little kick)!
Changing habits is an emotional processes by nature. They can be borne out of unhappiness, an intrinsic motivation such as being able to keep up with one’s kids, or simply a desire to lead a healthier lifestyle. Whatever the reason, lifestyle changes are often deeply personal. While some people love engaging in health and fitness communities, others would rather keep their information in a private app and never say a word about their goals. But no matter how you slice it, almost anyone who is trying to make a change in their diet has experienced food-related guilt. One study found that 80% of women and 70% of men suffer from food guilt. So what is food guilt and why does it happen to so many people?
“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.”
To avoid these messages is a part-time job with little security and no holiday, yet vital, if you want to enjoy food and still not detest your belly. And even when you’re sane, even when you know that thinness is not godliness and sugar is not evil, there is still the pressing awareness, like a small sharp stone in your shoe, that eating a burger is… wrong.

3. TO MAKE THE TOPPING: In a food processor, combine the almonds, flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until finely ground. Add the vanilla and butter. Pulse until the butter is cut into small crumbs. Pour half of the peaches into the prepared pan. Add half of the raspberries. Top with the remaining peaches and then the remaining raspberries. Sprinkle with the topping and press gently.
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)
“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 it wasn’t supposed to be pleasurable, why do we have taste buds? Oh, right, because pleasurable foods tell our brains that we enjoy this thing. Also, it’s how we learn nutrition, our brains learn the outcome of ingesting different nutrients and then triggers cravings for things that will replenish those deficiencies. Yes, there are the sweet tooth cravings and such, but fundamentally, we learn to eat due to pleasurable responses TO what we eat.

Light and healthy carrot cake topped with smooth cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts.

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We all love the original chocolate chip cookie, but some are made with too much sugar and not enough nutrients. We have found a way to fix that! These chocolate chip cookies use flax seed that are high in omega-3s and have tons of fiber. There is also peanut butter added to this cookie because, well, everything is better with peanut butter. It not only makes the cookie taste amazing but also adds a source of protein and some healthy fat.


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…..

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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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.
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.
Lori and Michelle Corso‘s Raw Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes are not only healthy and easy to make, they are raw and gluten free too! Plus perfect individual serving! Plus this recipe can be easily changed to your taste preference. We used pecans in the crust, but any nut would work.  For the filling, we used cashews as they provide the best cream. But macadamia nuts would be okay.  We reduced the amount of sugar in these chocolate cream cakes, so adjust to your liking.

To avoid these messages is a part-time job with little security and no holiday, yet vital, if you want to enjoy food and still not detest your belly. And even when you’re sane, even when you know that thinness is not godliness and sugar is not evil, there is still the pressing awareness, like a small sharp stone in your shoe, that eating a burger is… wrong.
Guilt doesn’t work as a motivator for healthy eating — so why bother? It just makes us feel bad. Remind yourself that you do not need to succumb to the marketing ploy of “guilt-free food.” Eating is pleasure and is part of everyday life. And if you forget that, repeat these words: “I don’t have to feel guilty, because I haven’t done anything wrong.”

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.

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I am a big fan of coconut oil and flour for cooking as coconut feeds your digestive tract encouraging the growth of good bacteria. Did you realize that 70% of the cells in your immune system are in the digestive tract? Good reason to ensure you get the right diet and ingredients into you. Coconut also kills yeast infections such as Candida and bad bacteria while leaving the good bacteria. This book will help you utilize coconut oil and flour to the max.


“It’s more about honoring your hunger, preferences and health,” Pike said. “Intuitive eaters understand that eating isn’t perfect and it never will be, so shame no longer has a place.” In a blog post on intuitive eating, Pike offered a hunger scale that used “eat-mojis” to rate hunger from starving to stuffed. The scale suggested “satisfied” was the best spot.

Simmer some peaches in a spiced maple whiskey sauce, stuff them into fluffy cinnamon rolls, top with vegan vanilla icing and all your sweet food dreams will come true.

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Win over your non-vegan friends with this decadent, dreamy frozen cake. Coconut milk ice cream, chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies, and a homemade chocolate shell come together perfectly for a heavenly vegan dessert.

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Oh. Wow. Never would I have thought that a Diet Soda + Cake Mix = a decadent, yet low fat CAKE! Consider my mind blown. Just by nixing the eggs and oil, you deduct many calories from the cake. But who would have thought that adding a can of my favorite diet soda to it instead of the eggs and oil would make such a divine, diet-friendly dessert! Not me!!!!! Gotta be honest. I was truly skeptical. I decided I would give it a go but not have high expectations. And honestly, it was really delicious!
As any skilled chocoholic knows, combining peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate dessert flavor combination. Simply mix a handful of healthy ingredients and top with chocolate chips for a dessert that doesn’t force you to eliminate your favorite dessert flavors. And don’t forget to check out our decadent mug cake collection in this article: 4 Mouthwatering Mug Cakes You Need in Your Life >
Blueberries are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. They have about 60 calories and nearly 3 grams of fiber in 3/4 cup. Powerful antioxidant flavonoids called anthocyanins are particularly high in blueberries. Anthocyanins neutralize damaging free radicals that boost your risk of chronic diseases by increasing oxidative stress on cells. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health published a study on anthocyanins and published their work in a 2012 publication of "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." They found that consuming at least two servings of anthocyanin-rich blueberries each week lessens oxidative stress in your system and minimizes your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Not only do these energy bites look amazing, but they also taste amazing! All that needs to be done is mixing the ingredients and throwing them in the fridge to set. No butter or sugar added, this is a great snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Enjoy one or two between meals throughout your day to keep you energized and away from that 2 o’clock crash.

This basic (and delicious) vegan cookie recipe can be used in a variety of tasty ways. Try peanut butter and peanuts in place of chocolate chips, or adding mini vegan marshmallows on top and broiling for a torched effect.

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This recipe calls for 20 soaked and pitted Medjool dates, ¼ cup pure grade B maple syrup, ¾ cup raw and soaked cashews, 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt. Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together. Form into about 20 bite sized rounds roll in some unsweetened shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator.

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!

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