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Be Mine: 12 Sweet and Healthy Valentine’s Desserts

Be Mine: 12 Sweet and Healthy Valentine’s Desserts

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate those we love and show how much we appreciate them. Instead of settling for the standard chocolate boxes, cards, and flowers, why not give your loved one(s) something extra special? Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade dessert that is not only good for their taste buds, but also good for their body. “Sweet” and “healthy” are not two words that are usually found together, but these 12 desserts are both, and they’re sure to be enjoyed by all the lovers in your life.

1. Chocolate Pom Poms

    Your special someone will never guess that this healthy dessert requires only 2 ingredients and a few minutes of your time.

    2. Yogurt-Dipped Ombre Strawberries

      Replace the classic chocolate-covered strawberries with these healthy yogurt-dipped ones that are quick and easy to make.

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      3. Graham Cracker and Strawberry Parfaits

        This simple and fresh dessert only takes 3 ingredients!

        4. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies

          This swoon-worthy, guilt-free, so good treat will make you want to kiss somebody.

          5. Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

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            This simple and healthy dessert is easy to make and diabetic-friendly (with gluten-free and dairy-free options).

            6. White Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

              With only 5 ingredients, these truffles are very easy to make, full of flavor, and gluten-free, and they have a natural pink color!

              7. Skinny Pink Champagne Cupcakes

                These perfectly sweet and champagne infused cupcakes are just what you and your valentine sweetheart need.

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                8. Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

                  It’s ready in minutes and tastes just like dessert. This is one of the best healthy treats!

                  9. Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

                    Semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy!

                    10. Baked Red Velvet Donut Recipe

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                      Dairy-free and gluten-free, this dessert is quick and easy to make, allergy-friendly, and has all the classic red velvet flavors (including a dairy-free cream cheese-flavored glaze).

                      11. Strawberry Layer Cake In a Glass

                        This light and fresh strawberry layer cake is a perfect healthy indulgence for Valentine’s.

                        12. Raspberry Ripple and Chocolate Raw Cheesecake Bars

                          A simple, refined, sugar-free, vegan, but delicious dessert!

                          Which one (or two) of the above recipes will you make for your loved one(s) this Valentine’s Day?

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                          Last Updated on October 14, 2019

                          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                          10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                          When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

                          1. Stand More

                          Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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                          2. Gamify Your Life

                          Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

                          3. Eat Your Veggies

                          Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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                          4. Eat Protein

                          This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

                          5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

                          Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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                          6. Spice Up Your Meals

                          Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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                            7. Drink Caffeine

                            No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

                            8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

                            I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

                            9. Do Intermittent Fasting

                            It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

                            10. Use Cold Exposure

                            For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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