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.
We all have cravings and impulses and urges. Heck, half the time time I don’t want to get up in the morning and go to work, or help my kids with homework, or wash dishes. These are impulses, but ultimately, I know the work needs to get done. Well, why is that different than eating? Why is it OK to succumb to our urges that push us further away from our goals, because its food? What if it was drugs? You get my point…..
Potatoes or any other vegetable cooked with or dressed with butter/healthy oils -  As long as you aren’t eating reconstituted fries from a drive-thru, potatoes in the form of wedges, baked with sour cream and bacon, mashed, or boiled are all full of the many vitamins and minerals that potatoes have to offer such as Vitamin C, B-6, iron, potassium and fibre. Potatoes also have ⅓ of the carbs and calories that pasta and bread have, so they shouldn’t be put in the same category as these more carb/starch dense foods. Dress other vegetables in a salad with plenty of olive oil, and bake or saute vegetables with butter, coconut oil, avocado oil or canola oil.

These light and fluffy vegan pumpkin scones are sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a luscious maple glaze, making them a pretty decadent breakfast or coffee break treat you can feel good about!

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Andrea Soranidis is the author of popular food blog ThePetiteCook.com. She loves to share healthy and gourmet recipes inspired by her foodie adventures, and her aim is to help other foodies cook delicious easy recipes with natural ingredients. Follow The Petite Cook on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovethepetitecook) for your daily source of cooking inspiration from all around the world.

This basic (and delicious) vegan cookie recipe can be used in a variety of tasty ways. Try peanut butter and peanuts in place of chocolate chips, or adding mini vegan marshmallows on top and broiling for a torched effect.

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Guilt doesn’t work as a motivator for healthy eating — so why bother? It just makes us feel bad. Remind yourself that you do not need to succumb to the marketing ploy of “guilt-free food.” Eating is pleasure and is part of everyday life. And if you forget that, repeat these words: “I don’t have to feel guilty, because I haven’t done anything wrong.”
The key to this is high-intensity workouts. This variation of the Keto Diet s not intended for the majority of gym-goers. If you are a runner, play on an intramural sports league, or attend cardio classes, stick with the SKD. You can still get the boost that you need with a fat bomb before or after your workout. If you are a bodybuilder, or a professional athlete, then the TKD might be for you.

Zucchini adds moisture and a bit of sneaky nutrition in this classic quick bread, while chopped pecans add a crunchy twist. Make a double batch and stick a loaf in the freezer for when a craving strikes.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Bread with Pecans


Rich and delicious, this vegan carrot cake is filled and topped with a thick layer of dairy-free cream cheese frosting for extra creaminess in every bite.

Get the recipe for Vegan Carrot Cake with "Cream Cheese" Frosting


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.
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.
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.
It’s a while since I ate a burger, but there they were, nonchalant and fast on Oxford Street, so I slid into a booth and took a bite. And oh God it was fantastic. Rich and salty, a nostalgic ooze, the vivid memory of being eight years old and delighted, and yet, as I swooned into this moment of pleasure, I was conscious of having to trample a familiar guilt. As well as the guilt about eating meat, there was a whole lasagne of additional guilts, layered one on top of the other and softened with a rich white sauce.
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.
Chef and former L.A. caterer Devin Alexander has maintained a fifty-five-pound weight loss for over sixteen years by transforming the dishes she and millions of other Americans love best into guilt-free (yet still outrageously mouth-watering) indulgences--Rigatoni with Meat Sauce, BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers, Eggplant Parmesan, Sinless Yet Sinful Sticky Buns, and even Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
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