Don't feel guilty if you need your daily chocolate fix. Dark chocolate that is 70 to 85 percent cacao offers around 90 calories per half-ounce serving. In 2011, Boston-based researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a review of the benefits of dark chocolate. Published in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition," the study reported that consuming dark chocolate on a daily basis for two to 12 weeks improves blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol. This is the harmful cholesterol that hardens arteries and increases your risk of heart disease. Although dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart, keep your serving size to a half-ounce to avoid consuming a high amount of calories.

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.
Thanks Hilda! Good to know that 6.2 is the total carb count. My mother and I made these and they turned out delicious! We will make again. The batch ended up making 27 cookies though versus 16. We followed both wet and dry ingredients so not sure why the extra. The cookies ended up being about 1.5- 2 inches in diameter.I also found this recipe on my Senza app so tracking will be easy. 😁
Also, if you want to ensure your family and yourself  is protected from the many risk factors involved with indulging in your favorite meals and desserts, then don’t hesitate! This great book will teach you how to reduce calories in your healthy desserts and also how to incorporate natural sweeteners as functional ingredients to gently reduce your cravings for artificial sugars, which by the way feed yeast infections such as candida.

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


Why would you have plain old sweet-potato fries when you can wrap them in bacon? This recipe calls for just two ingredients: sweet potatoes and bacon. The only trick is twirling the bacon around the sweet potato fries, but it's pretty darn easy. What you end up with is a surprisingly attractive party hors d'oeuvre (if you don't devour them all yourself, of course).  

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Excellent recipe, came out amazing, delicious and just as the picture. Taste was rich and cake moist. Was a bit too sweet, will reduce the amount of sugar next time. No need to add sugar to the egg whites. If you want your cake to have height, you need to be extremelly careful while folding in the whipped egg whites. Overall I really recommend if you are a chocolate lover like me!

Dessert—quite possibly the eighth wonder of the world—sometimes gets a bad rap for packing on the calories. But here at Nutrisystem, we believe that dessert doesn’t have to demolish your healthy diet. In fact, we know there are plenty of ways to indulge without maxing out on calories or feeling the guilt that normally goes hand-in-hand with decadent treats.


I like how it also delves into using ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from aging helping our skin to stay youthful and radiant. Cocoa powder is one recommendation as it has a whopping ORAC score of 80,933 – about 14 times higher than blueberries. My all time favorite though is Clove oil where 1 drop is equal to about 400 cups of blueberries!

This heavenly vegan double-layered apple cake is easy to make and combines fresh apples, cinnamon, all-spice, ginger, molasses and brown sugar with a fluffy and sweet maple buttercream frosting.

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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.

Baby carrots are a guilt-free food you can enjoy at your desk or while on the road. A 1-cup serving of raw baby carrots has a minimal 25 calories and about 3 grams of fiber to make you feel full. The orange color of carrots is due to beta-carotene, a vitamin A compound essential for vision health. Women need 2,333 international units of vitamin A compounds and men require 3,000 IU daily, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Carrots provide nearly 1,800 IU of vitamin A compounds in the form of beta-carotene per half-cup serving.

3. ROLL OUT the dough into an 11" round on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom. Firmly press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan. Trim the edges. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork. Line with foil or parchment paper and weight down with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and weights. Bake for 5 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a rack.
I like how it also delves into using ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect us from aging helping our skin to stay youthful and radiant. Cocoa powder is one recommendation as it has a whopping ORAC score of 80,933 – about 14 times higher than blueberries. My all time favorite though is Clove oil where 1 drop is equal to about 400 cups of blueberries!

There's nothing sinister about these no-bake fudgy brownies. Made with good-for-you ingredients like dates, raw cocoa and natural peanut butter, they'll fuel your body instead of tiring it out.

Get the recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownies


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

Get the recipe for Two-Tiered Spiced Carrot Cake with Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting


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.
What if I were to tell you there is a way to eat without any remorse and all the mental space that was once occupied with guilt could be freed up for more productive thoughts? Well there is and it’s all about focusing on nutrient dense whole foods, which by the way, can be delicious and totally satisfying. There is an awful stigma that says healthy food is bland and undesirable, but that just isn’t true if you are eating a balanced diet.

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


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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.
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.
It will have wheat in it. I might buy the Einkorn wheat or whole wheat or just plain old white pastry flour. I’ll have to see what’s in the pantry at this moment. It will also have sugar in it. Real cane sugar, organic, or not. Again, let me check my cupboards. It will have eggs in it and butter, both of which I have in the fridge right now, from Costco.
Don't feel guilty if you need your daily chocolate fix. Dark chocolate that is 70 to 85 percent cacao offers around 90 calories per half-ounce serving. In 2011, Boston-based researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital conducted a review of the benefits of dark chocolate. Published in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition," the study reported that consuming dark chocolate on a daily basis for two to 12 weeks improves blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol. This is the harmful cholesterol that hardens arteries and increases your risk of heart disease. Although dark chocolate can be beneficial for your heart, keep your serving size to a half-ounce to avoid consuming a high amount of calories.
Meanwhile, the tanning industry makes misleading claims for the healthfulness of indoor tanning. One claim is that it helps build a base that protects against sunburn. It does, but only slightly — the equivalent of a sunscreen rated SPF 4 or less. Another claim is that tanning is a good way to stimulate the skin's production of vitamin D, a hormone that's essential to bone health and has been linked to a reduced risk for several cancers. But you can get all the vitamin D you need in a daily vitamin D supplement, which offers all the benefits without any of the risks to your skin.

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?


Silken tofu is incredibly soft and creamy, often used in dairy-free desserts, just like in this tasty recipe with cocoa and maple syrup. It's healthier than your typical pudding so you can enjoy it for breakfast, too!

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Oh....my.....GOSH!!! I loved this!!!! This was so delicious. Amazingly, delightfully, spoon-and-plate-lickingly good! No one will ever guess that it is reasonably healthy. Wow! It tastes like you bought it at a high-end pastry shop. If you or your guests are chocolate fans you HAVE TO make this!!!! It's one of the best things that I've ever made. A couple tips: if you can find them, bittersweet chocolate chips will make your life easier so you don't have to chop up the chocolate. Use good quality chocolate. Bittersweet isn't the same as semisweet. If you do use semisweet, you'll probably want to cut down on the sugar. I used Camino organic bittersweet chips and they were fantastic. If you want the cake to have the right height: 1. beat the heck out of the egg whites. They need to be STIFF. It will take several minutes. 2. Make sure to fold, not stir in the eggwhites. If you're not sure how to do either of these, just google it. I used a 9" pan and it rose to the top of the pan and looked just like the photo. The cake is VERY intense, rich and chocolaty. I cut it into 8 pieces but I think at that size it was almost too intense. I'd suggest that you stick to what the recipe says and cut into 12 pieces. The piece will be small but very satisfying. Then if anyone wants more, they can go ahead (One of my guests left about 1/4 of her piece and then threw it in the garbage. I wanted to cry!) I lined the bottom AND the sides with 2 pieces of parchment paper that hung over the sides
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