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.
Oh well. From September, tourists in LA will be invited to marvel at these greasy artefacts of a more ignorant time, when humans ate what they wanted to eat, regardless of how processed or sugary it was, or if it was classed as “clean”, or whether its calories were “empty” or if it was presented in a cartoon-charactered tin. Before the complexities of food, and comfort, and class, were boiled down to good and bad, and then liberally distributed through supermarkets and Facebook, like a sprinkling of fine table salt.
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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Not only does it change your buying behavior but it also changes your EATING behavior. You’re more likely to have a greater amount of an item you label as ‘guilt-free’ than one you see as neutral. Research by Brian Wansink - a known leader in studying consumer behavior and marketing research - has shown that labeling a food as ‘low fat’ increased the consumption of that food by as much as 50%. Regardless of the amount more we may have - the idea is that when we see a food as ‘guilt-free’ we consume more of it than we would it’s ‘guilty’ competitor.
The old egg-and-bacon combo is too predictable, and hot dogs can be tasty but...boring on their own. So here's a genius solution: Combine them all to make this inventively delicious, super-greasy meal, and dig in at breakfast or any time of day. These hot dogs don't just stop at fried eggs and bacon, by the way; they're also topped with hash browns, and cheese, and some tomato to keep the dietitians at bay.
Finally, I learned about functional medicine and found a practitioner that I hoped could help me. They ran specialized tests that were far different than I had ever had before. When I got the results back, it turned out I had candida, parasites, high cortisol, the Epstein Bar Virus and many food intolerances. I also had an issue with my thyroid that no one found before because they were using the conventional medicine lab ranges which are way too broad….which I now know is one of the leading causes of hypothyroid misdiagnosis.
Fat-free Greek yogurt is a healthy alternative to sour cream or traditional full-fat yogurt. One 6-ounce serving has 100 calories, about half the calories of full-fat yogurt. This serving also has nearly 20 grams of protein and about 20 percent of your daily calcium requirement. Enjoy fat-free Greek yogurt as a dip for fresh cucumber slices, or blend it with fresh berries in a smoothie.
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.
Frozen bananas magically transform into plant-based ice cream, without a lick of dairy or eggs. Simple to make, you can mix and match the add-ins to suit what’s in season (we like adding fresh berries during the summer months).
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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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Inspired by the old-school, ultra-rich, mousselike chocolate cake that usually called for a whole pound of chocolate, half a dozen eggs and lots of butter, this enlightened rendition has deep bittersweet chocolate flavor and dense melt-in-your-mouth texture. No one will guess it's healthier. The secret is excellent natural cocoa powder and good-quality bittersweet chocolate, preferably with 70% cacao. Although the cake can be eaten once it's completely cool, it comes out of the pan much easier and even tastes better if it has been chilled at least overnight.
Don’t risk breaking your ketosis, and causing a backslide in your progress, just to try something new! Be sure to think carefully about what your Ketogenic Diet Goals are before making any changes. If you are not a high-intensity athlete, a body builder, have specific dietary restrictions, or are practicing the Keto Diet for medical reasons, oftentimes the best option for you is the SKD.
It’s not so long ago that to be thought of as a “picky eater” was something to be avoided at all costs. “More tripe please!” you’d gag, spooning remnants of emulsified cabbage into your mouth to get rid of the taste of undiluted Vimto, secure in the knowledge there would be pink Angel Delight as soon as you’d cleaned your plate. Until: suddenly not. Suddenly the concept blossomed, its roots cracking the tarmac and altering the landscape, causing pile-ups. And here we are in a time when to be a picky eater is simply to be “educated”, adult, conscious, in pursuit of physical health at both emotional and social cost, and also, importantly, better than you.
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 >
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.
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!
What is it about these foods that make us feel guilty? It’s different for everyone. Generally speaking, American society’s obsession with healthy eating can make it seem “better” to opt for a salad (nutritious, lower in calories, green) rather than a burger (oily, higher in calories, processed). In some cases, people have arbitrarily decided (perhaps after reading a misguided article or two) what foods are “good” or “bad” and feel guilty after eating a “bad’ food as a result of this categorization.
Some of the ingredients in real ice cream - like fat and milk - are what make ice cream creamy, smooth, and satisfying! Those are also the things that make you naturally stop eating ice cream when you do feel satisfied and are allowing yourself to enjoy it. When we restrict ourselves of certain foods, it makes the sensory reward of those foods increase. All these effects of food marketing and diet culture make it hard to believe that you aren’t just a bottomless pit who can’t control yourself around certain foods - but you aren’t. Eating foods - especially ones that you like and taste good - doesn’t make you guilty of anything.
Don’t get angry. If you become angry at yourself after eating more than planned, think about why. You know one or two “out-of-the-ordinary” meals won’t reverse all of your progress. If you let minor setbacks get to you, you could be getting into a dangerous mindset. If you try to restrict and lower your calories below what Noom has set for you, you are likely to binge later on. This binge-restrict pattern is very difficult to get out of once it’s become habit. The best thing you can do for yourself after overeating is to continue as planned. Don’t try to account for the extra food, and don’t be angry at yourself. Everyone slips up in dieting, even those who have done it countless times. Forgive yourself and move on.
Moderation is truly the key to success so it’s important to indulge in a cheat day here or there in order to maintain a bit of balance in your life. Now, I’m not advocating going completely crazy and consuming like 5 pepperoni pizzas, 2 milkshakes and a box of donuts in one day, but it’s fine if you want to have something a little cheesy or chocolately every once in a while.
The goal is not to demonize any kind of food. There is nothing wrong with a cookie or a piece of pizza. However, it is important to be mindful of how much and how often we eat certain foods. Seek balance and practice moderation. Remember that food is necessary for both nourishment and enjoyment. Work on not only having a healthy body, but also on having a healthy relationship with yourself and with food.
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 >
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.
Don’t be competitive. Have you ever gone out to eat in a group and had someone announce that they were going to “be good” and get a salad? You had been working hard that week and you were ready (and excited!) to reward yourself with a treat meal. This little announcement might cause you to rethink your choice. Don’t let it! Other people’s diets and food choices have no impact on your personal diet. People who announce their food choices are probably just looking to be rewarded with kind comments by others. Don’t let their insecurity get you down.
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.
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!
Hilda Solares holds a BA in Theology from the Latin University of Theology. She has worked in a variety of positions in education with close to 30 years of experience. Hilda also has an extensive ministry background with over 25 years of service. She is the founder of Fit To Serve Group, a church community group that combines the Christian faith with that of a low carb keto diet. The group was formed in 2014 and it’s where she and her husband Randy Solares teach the community how to combine Biblical principles with healthy eating habits for greater health and wellness. Hilda was awarded top 25 Christian Cooking and Food Blog by Feedspot, and recognized by WegoHealth for her inspiring writing. Her lifework aims to encourage people to be whole in spirit, mind, and body.
Haven’t heard of a frittaffle before? Time for your life to change. This frittata-waffle is made of potatoes, bacon, eggs and cheese and then cooked in a waffle maker (mind blown). Super easy and super delicious! This savory treat will get your taste buds dancing and keep your hunger off longer, with the high protein and low sugar content. Now that you’ve heard of it, go try it!
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.