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


I’ve also worked for startups - food, beverage and grocery store - so have been involved in the crafting of actual products and their messaging as well as seeing how customers react to them. When I worked in a boutique grocery in downtown NYC some customers wouldn’t buy products UNLESS they had calorie labels on them - even if they were made fresh from a restaurant next door. Others, would pick up $70+ worth of trendy supplements, weekly, and admit to not knowing what they were but that they recognized the name from Goop. Then there are the health-ified foods - that have added ‘protein’ or ‘healthy’ or ‘guilt free’ written into the brand name to let us know they’re okay to have! Thanks, marketing!

As our understanding of the science behind diet and nutrition change, so too do the techniques behind dieting to lose weight. The Leaf weight loss blog is dedicated to keeping you informed about the most nutritious diet foods and dietary habits, working with top nutritionists to identify key ingredients to a balanced diet while still giving you the weight loss tools to indulge yourself in moderation.


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!

Get the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


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.

Raw chocolate, or better known in the raw food world as “raw cacao” is an amazing source of magnesium (great for helping you relax), as well as an astounding way to gobble up antioxidants. And, it contains phenylethylamine (PEA) — this is what our brains secrete when we fall in love. Ooooh! No wonder we love Kristen Suzanne‘s Raw Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecakes so much!
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!
This sandwich involves waffles, but it's more of a lunch than a breakfast thing. Want it for breakfast? No judgments. The idea is basically this: Take some greasy fried chicken and turn it into a sandwich by stuffing it between two slices of bacon-and-cheese-spiked waffles. Hard to get greasier than that. PS: This recipe calls for homemade waffles and home-fried chicken, but you can easily adapt it by using storebought frozen wafles and picking up some fried chicken from your favorite local source.

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 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.

Eat real food. That’s the essence of today’s nutrition message. Our knowledge of nutrition has come full circle, back to eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it. Based on a solid foundation of current nutrition science, Harvard’s Special Health Report Healthy Eating: A guide to the new nutrition describes how to eat for optimum health.
Whether you want to kick your afternoon sweet habit or simply need a snack to tide you over until your next meal, you have several healthy options available. Guilt-free foods are low in calories, provide nutrients to keep you healthy and offer fiber to improve satiety. Foods ranging from carrots to dark chocolate provide the nutrition your body needs, without excessive fat and calories to make you feel guilty.

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.

Get the recipe for Chocolate and Vanilla Cookie Ice Cream Cake


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.
This shake is vegan and gluten free without any added sugars. Using a tablespoon or two less peanut butter and add another tablespoon cacao to cut back the calories and fat content. This simple shake packs a fantastic flavor and is a perfect portion for a midafternoon snack or post-dinner dessert. It’s so tasty that you’ll have to be careful not to sip too fast and risk brain freeze!

Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this creamy cheesecake. Top with fresh berries or a fresh lemon curd for a light finish to any meal.

Get the recipe for Raw Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Almond Crust


For all you dip lovers out there, here’s your next favorite snack perfect for dipping fruit and veggies in! Swap the chocolate chips out for a more natural form, cacao nibs, and use plain greek yogurt instead for an added source of protein, a lower carb intake, and less sugar. Get your dippers ready because this treat is something you won’t stop coming back to!

Frozen bananas magically turn into ice cream thanks to a quick blend. A touch of natural peanut butter and antioxidant-rich cacao nibs transform this into a summertime superfood snack.

Get the recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


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.

You won’t find refined sugar or dairy in this luscious chocolate mousse made from avocados, coconut milk, coconut oil, cocoa, and dates. Because of the fibre and healthy fats found in this recipe, it won’t cause your blood sugar to spike – but it will still satisfy your chocolate craving.

Get the recipe for Anna Olson’s Chocolate Avocado Mousse


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!
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!

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


My unique solutions to lifestyle and health challenges have impacted millions of people and will show you that you really can have it all! I approach healthy living by making it fun, and showing you how to be happier and healthier in ways that suit you. I help you achieve your weight loss goals while eating the food you love, not just by having it once in a while. I take the food you enjoy and show you how to make it in healthier ways, that taste just as good or even better! When I needed to lose weight and get healthy I knew I couldn’t give up the foods I enjoyed or force myself to exercise in ways I didn’t like. I lost 70 pounds and have kept it off because I learned how to make the recipes I loved radically healthier but still taste the same. I also learned what really made me happy and built my life around that, which included making fitness social and fun for me. I want to help you do all this too! We all know that it isn’t just about weight, it’s about feeling good, which is why I am committed to helping you feel and look your best through my recipes, communities and programs. I have shared my unique food and lifestyle hacks on shows such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Dr. Phil. I was the celebrity chef on the NBC hit show The Biggest Loser and am featured regularly in magazines such as Men’s Health and Shape. I have also written 8 bestselling books and am constantly finding new ways to make healthy living simple and fun.
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