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!
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.

This year, a French grocery chain created a video for Ad Week showing how customers were tricked into thinking popsicles and yogurts were different flavors based on their coloring alone. They were actually all the same flavor but red ones were guessed to be cherry or strawberry and orange ones were guessed to be apricot or orange - coloring can trick our brain into assuming taste! Similarly, when we are told that one food product is superior to another or no longer ‘off limits’ since it’s labeled ‘healthy’ or ‘guilt-free’ it can change our sensory experience with the food, making it taste better. Our positive assumptions about how healthy or good a food is for us, can also make us find it more palatable and enjoyable but if we were to step back and objectively compare them - we might not be so convinced.
You think that name is a mouthful, wait until you try these! Dates are one of the best foods to eat for your digestion. Their high fiber content regulates the digestive process, and they are the perfect natural sweetener for healthy desserts and snacks. Many health specialists say that eating one a day is good for a balanced diet. We’d say that stuffing one with peanut butter and covering it in dark chocolate is the best way to eat that one.
With the recipes and cocktails you will find in Awesome Appetizers, you can hold the best party with wonderful foods and drinks, without “paying” for it after all. Firstly, you will learn 5 fabulous organic wines for holiday under $15. You will also enjoy 5 low-sugar “adult cocktails”, including:  The Scroogedriver, Hot Whisky Toddy, Minty Agave Mojitos, Rum & Zevia, and Pomegranate Martinis.
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.
Believe it or not, your body is really, really good at guiding you to eat enough, choose nourishing foods and support your health. Yes, nutrition knowledge and understanding is helpful to guide that intuition, but it’s definitely there. So if you’re eating and choosing foods because of some flashy labeling or creative marketing - it’s hard to tell if you actually LIKE what you’re eating and if it even feels good to you. If you’re eating ‘til the bottom of Halo Top because it’s a ‘permitted food’, you likely aren’t paying attention to your increasing fullness, how satisfying it is, or if you’re even liking it! If we’re constantly ignoring those signals and eating until uncomfortable - albeit, ‘guilt-free’ - fullness, it makes it much harder for us to tune in and eat a satisfying amount of the real stuff and increases our dependence on filling up on the ‘guilt-free’ ones!
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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