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Make Your Own Brownies That Can Be Much Healthier

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Make Your Own Brownies That Can Be Much Healthier

Baking, and desserts in general, is a staple in some households. Whatever your favorite dessert or other baking favorite, it’s fun and often relaxing to prepare and eat, but not so fun if you’re trying to incorporate healthy eating into your diet.

The good news is, healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to cut out all the foods you love, even desserts. There are ways to prepare just about any recipe in a much healthier way. You can use alternative ingredients or substitute one ingredient for another to make it healthier. Even desserts packed with sugar and calories, like brownies, can be prepared with fewer calories and a better type of fat.

Here are just a few examples of healthier brownie recipes you can make at home.

Reduced-Calorie Brownies

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    Have you ever counted how many calories are actually in your standard homemade brownie? One delicious square has more empty calories (energy your body burns through quickly without much benefit to your health) than you might think. High quality, alternative ingredients are the solution to this calorie-packed problem.

    Still want to enjoy your brownies without all the extra calories? Try this reduced-calorie brownie recipe and see how it turns out. It uses Greek yogurt to help the brownies keep their form and the texture you love while using less butter and fewer eggs in the process.

    Dairy-Free Brownies

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      There are plenty of opportunities to get all your required daily servings of dairy, and dessert certainly doesn’t have to be one of them. Maybe you’re looking for a dessert that doesn’t have any extra dairy mixed in (not very easy to come across, since we love rich, creamy and chocolate-filled everything). Maybe you’re allergic to dairy and are tired of missing out on all the deliciousness.

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      Give this dairy-free brownie recipe a try if you’re on the hunt for something a little different. It uses pumpkin puree to replace some of the ingredients needed to keep a typical batch of brownies from getting too dry or falling apart, and it probably tastes just as good, too.

      Healthy Brownie Bites

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        When a fresh pan of brownies comes out of the oven, it’s up to you (the baker), to choose how each square “portion” is cut. Theoretically, you can make each serving as big as you want to. Which is great for your sweet tooth and not so great for your waistline.

        The healthy key to this protein-packed recipe is portion control. In this case, less is more. The smaller you make your brownie bites, the more you’ll have to share with family and friends. If you’re still worried you’ll eat too many at once, you can leave three or four in the refrigerator at one time and freeze the rest for later.

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        Chocolate Avocado Brownies

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          You may have heard avocados are healthy, even though they’re loaded with fat. How is that possible? How is the fat in an avocado different from the fat in butter?

          Put simply, the kind of fat found in an avocado, called unsaturated fat, is better for your body to process and use than the kind of fat found in butter, called saturated fat. It’s “healthy” because it has the opposite effects on your body – it actually lowers your risk of developing heart disease, for example.

          This brownie recipe uses avocado instead of butter, meaning your brownies will still taste rich and creamy. They just use a different, healthier form of fat in order to do so.

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          Conclusion

          There’s no law that says you’re not allowed to enjoy your desserts. Made a little healthier, and in moderation, you can still get your chocolate fix at home whenever you need it.

          Featured photo credit: alex lang via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on December 2, 2021

          The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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          The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

          Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

          There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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          Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

          Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

          Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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          Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

          1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
          2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
          3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
          4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
          5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

          Now on to the checklist!

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          Here is how your checklist should look

          1. CAMPSITE GEAR

          • Tent, poles, stakes
          • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
          • Extra tarp or canopy
          • Sleeping bag for each camper
          • Sleeping pad for each camper
          • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
          • Pillows
          • Extra blankets
          • Chairs
          • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
          • Lantern
          • Lantern fuel or batteries

          2.  KITCHEN

          • Stove
          • Fuel for stove
          • Matches or lighter
          • Pot
          • French press or portable coffee maker
          • Corkscrew
          • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
          • Food-storage containers
          • Trash bags
          • Cooler
          • Ice
          • Water bottles
          • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
          • Cups, mugs
          • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
          • Cutting board
          • Foil
          • soap
          • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
          • Paper towels
          • Extra bin for washing dishes

          3. CLOTHES

          • Clothes for daytime
          • Sleepwear
          • Swimsuits
          • Rainwear
          • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
          • Extra layers for warmth
          • Gloves
          • Hats

          4. PERSONAL ITEMS

          • Sunscreen
          • Insect repellent
          • First-aid kit
          • Prescription medications
          • Toothbrush, toiletries
          • Soap

          5. OTHER ITEMS

          • Camera
          • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
          • Maps, area information

          This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

          Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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