Guiltless chocolate brownies made with butternut squash are bursting with fresh raspberries and white chocolate.

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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!
It’s a truth that was this week illuminated in a quite startling way, with the announcement of a new tourist attraction, Cheat Day Land, a pop-up museum named after the day of indulgence in a week of dieting. “Cheat Day Land,” explained the press release, alongside images of sexy ladies eating giant slices of pizza, “is a space where healthy lifestyle advocates can take a break from their dietary restrictions and indulge in whatever strikes their fancy for the day. Everyone’s entitled to a cheat day after all.”

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.
“There are an abundance of messages that tell overweight people it should be easy to lose or maintain a healthy weight,” she said. “For instance, ‘just eat less and move more.’ There are a lot of negative and shaming words and phrases around food: ‘I shouldn’t,’ ‘it’s naughty,’ ‘it’s a treat,’ ‘I’ve been good, so I’ll have one.’ We are wired to move away from pain, so the term ‘guilt-free’ likely provides a sense of relief that comes from reading a ‘guilt-free’ message before buying, and it helps marketers sell their products.”
How to stop this? Train yourself to remember that healthy eating is NOT a straight and easy path. Some days we will eat too much and some days we won’t eat enough. It’s just life. Get back up and get back in the game. Go for a walk and let go of all those negative feelings. Let those endorphins get you back on the right track. After all, it’s just one meal. You have plenty more to enjoy. Start fresh again. You got this.

Butter, cheese, full fat milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream, beef, pork and nuts - The common thread here is that many still are confused about fat since it was wrongfully demonized in the 1970s. The fats that are found in these foods are long chain fatty acids (LCFA) and form the core structural fats in the body comprising 75 - 80% of fatty acids in most cells. LCFA, along with monounsaturated fats (MFA) are the body’s preferred fuel source. Well conducted and replicated research has shown that these fats reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing HDL-cholesterol, lowering triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol. These fats also help to increase muscle mass and stabilize energy and mood.

I'm a personal chef and have been cooking this way for years. Many of the recipes are those I've already lightened up myself, but a lot are new ideas. I love her recipes for sausage and other basics. She uses fewer store bought ingredients i believe than skinny girl, though ive only seen sg's tv appearances and not read all of her recipes. always better from scratch if you can do it. These recipes are simple and you'll find them delicious. I hope this inspires and teaches home cooks to adapt their own favorites. A few words of advice though with regard to things like canned tomatoes and low fat cheeses and breads etc. you may have to try a few to find ones you like that are decent. Don't toss a recipe before you do. With few ingredients the quality is super important and never, ever be tempted to use fat free cheese, it's gross! most important, pay close attention to portion. Even thougha recipe is low fat and low cal doesnt mean you can eat as much as you want!
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