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15 Low-Sugar Recipes For People Who Care About Their Health

15 Low-Sugar Recipes For People Who Care About Their Health

As awareness of the multitude of sugar-related health issues continues to rise, we could all use a little help with approachable ideas that cheat on the side of low-glycemic index.

Here are 15 great options to fill your calendar with ideas that will satisfy you completely while helping to keep your weight and health risks low.

1. Perfect Roast Chicken with Red Onion Gravy

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    Tender and juicy, this classic chicken recipe will fill you up and even take the edge off the need for dessert with simple and subtly sweet red onion gravy. Yum!

    2. Easy Mint Fudge

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      If, however, you are feeling the urge for dessert, you might go for these refreshing and easy to make no-bake mint fudge squares.  Sweetened with a healthier alternative sweetener, you can’t go wrong with these minty, chocolate-drizzled fudge bites.

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      3. Apple Pie Meringues

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        These airy and fluffy apple pie meringue cookies are a great light snack for when you feel like having a naturally sweet pop-able munchie.

        4. Easy and Healthy Spiced Nuts

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          Or if you’re more in the mood for something savory, a couple handfuls of these easy-to-make, spiced nuts will excite your taste buds with toasty flavor, while the protein will help you feel full and satisfied.

          5. Fall Harvest Popcorn

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            Quell your impulse to reach for seasoned chips, which often come laced with hidden sugars under sneaky names. This recipe for fall harvest popcorn is a plethora of flavors, combining both herbs and slightly sweet cranberries for an the ultimate sweet and salty combo.

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            6. Herbed Black Quinoa Muffins

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              Keeping in the vein of herbed, let’s turn our attention to these protein and fiber-filled flavorous little breakfast beauties.  These deeply flavorful vegan cups prove that not every muffin has to be sweet.

              7. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

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                It might be fair to say that bacon is America’s favorite meat, and with the sugar-free varieties emerging in response to customers’ requests for a more glycemic-friendly version, it’s more justifiable than ever to indulge. Particularly when you wrap these fatty strips around something super fibrous like a brussels sprout. It’s practically healthy! These make great party hors d’oeuvres.

                8. Coffee Lover’s Protein Shake

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                  A blend between a chocolate milkshake and a good cup of coffee, few people could deny the appeal of this protein shake. Naturally sweetened with banana, it will give you just enough sweetness to take the edge off the strong taste of the coffee and cocoa, and won’t send you crashing shortly afterward.

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                  9. Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

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                    Great as a holiday pre-game snack, or even as a main dish, this robust garlic and herb shrimp dish is roasted to a juicy and fantastic finish.

                    10. Walnut Cardamom Snowballs

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                      A low-sugar answer to the classic Russian Tea Cake so ample during the holidays. Slightly nutty and crunchy, these delicate tea cookies will stir up some nostalgia, but not your blood sugar levels.

                      11. Sesame Seared Tuna With Lime Ginger Vinaigrette

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                        Another great meal idea when you’re thinking low-sugar. Tuna steaks are a hearty, but more easily digestible meat and great alternative to heavy red meat. This version is seasoned with toasted sesame seeds, lime and ginger for a flavorful finish.

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                        12. Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce

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                          A great alternative to the traditional tangy and sweet side dish, this gently sweetened version is diabetic and pre-diabetic friendly so you can enjoy the traditional fare without worry.

                          13. Smoky Turmeric Chicken Wings

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                            These smoky turmeric wings rival any standard, sugary BBQ sauce. They’re zesty, sticky and fun to eat on game day.

                            14. Toasted Coconut Butter

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                              Made with one ingredient, full of healthy fat, toasty and decadent, this simple toasted coconut butter butter will curb any sweet cravings and make you grateful you finally invested in that food processor.

                              15. Chocolate Pumpkin Pots de Creme

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                                Just in case you thought you couldn’t enjoy really luscious desserts if you’re watching your sugar intake, let this velvety and chocolaty treat prove you wrong.

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                                Last Updated on August 13, 2018

                                5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                                They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                                  1. Cardio for Stamina

                                  If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                                    • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                                    • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                                    • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                                    • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                                    The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                                    These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                                    2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                                    The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                                    Barbell squats
                                      • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                                      Zercher squat
                                        • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                                        Glute bridge
                                          • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                          Hyperextensions
                                            • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                                            Ab wheel rollout
                                              • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                              Cross body crunch
                                                • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                                Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                                3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                                Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                                Plank exercise
                                                  • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                                  Close grip pushups
                                                    • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                                    Chin ups
                                                      • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                                      These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                                      4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                                      You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                                      5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                                        If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                                        Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                                        With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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