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10 Delectable Brownie Recipes

10 Delectable Brownie Recipes

If you’re not doing so already, think of your typical, run-of-the-mill brownie. Now, get that out of your mind, because the recipes that follow are anything but ordinary. While many of the following brownie recipes are a little more involved, most don’t require much more than mixing the ingredients together and throwing the batch in an oven. Each of these recipes packs a unique punch that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.

Cheesecake Brownies

Forget about having to choose between cheesecake and brownies; this dessert gives you an excuse to have both. All you need is some brownie mix, sugar, an egg, and cream cheese, and you’re set! The most difficult part – besides not eating the entire pan – is layering the cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie mix. Don’t worry if you mess up; it’ll all end up in your stomach, anyway!

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Dirty Brownies

Okay, if you’ve already clicked on the link, you’ve seen the alternate name for these brownies. But this is a family-friendly website, so let’s go with “dirty.” Anyway, what makes these brownies so dirty is the fact that they’re layered with cookie dough and Oreos. Maybe you should put 911 on hold while you take the first bite…

Speedy Brownies

If you don’t have much time (or aren’t too much of a mastermind in the kitchen), check out this brownie recipe. All you really need to do is throw pretty much all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix it up, pour it into a pan, and bake it. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle it with some chocolate chips, and you’re ready to eat!

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Peanut Butter Pudding Brownies

This one is for all the peanut butter-lovers out there. Using a few extra ingredients (vanilla pudding, peanut butter, and milk), you can create this delectable dessert that covers all the angles of your sweet tooth. The best part is the peanut butter pudding gets sandwiched between layers of frosting and brownie, so every bite will explode with creamy goodness.

Caramel Brownies

If peanut butter isn’t your thing, I imagine you could at least do with the ooey-gooeyness of caramel. Like with the peanut butter brownie, the caramel in this recipe is baked right into the middle of the brownie, and explodes out of every bite taken. The coup de grace for this recipe, of course, is the chopped nuts mixed throughout. Yum!

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Butterscotch Brownies

If chocolate really isn’t you’re thing, you probably aren’t reading this anyway so I’ll just say it: What’s wrong with you?! Just kidding. Anyway, these butterscotch brownies, also called “blondies,” are made with brown sugar and nuts, and contain no chocolate whatsoever. Which, if you’ve been sampling the others on this list, might be a good thing.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Let’s make up for that last entry, shall we? With added cocoa powder, these double chocolate brownies are completely made from scratch. But don’t worry, the recipe isn’t as complicated as some of the others on this list, even though store-bought brownie mix isn’t included. These brownies include no frills, just chocolate. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Chocolate Dipped Brownies

This brownie recipe takes homemade to a whole other level, adding customization to the final piece of the puzzle. Once you make the actual brownies, you’ll coat them in melted chocolate. Before you let it set, you can add whatever you like – sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, and more – to the outer shell of your chocolate treat. Though a little more involved, this last step is a great way to get your kids involved in cooking.

Hazelnut-Brown-Butter Brownies

For this recipe you’ll be preparing the hazelnuts separately, so make sure you have a little extra time on your hands. Once you get that done, the rest is fairly straightforward. The one glaring difference you’ll notice is the addition of coffee to the recipe. This will give your brownies that strong, toasted flavoring you get out of a cup o’ joe in the morning. Though you probably shouldn’t start your day with these…

Red Velvet Brownies

I’d be completely remiss in my duties if I didn’t include a recipe for red velvet brownies. For a smooth, moist treat that looks as good as it tastes, challenge yourself to create this dessert full of flavorful cream cheese and chocolate. Just make sure you have a glass of milk nearby!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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