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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 August 12, 2019

                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                          1. Nuts

                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                          3. Tomatoes

                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                          4. Broccoli

                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                          6. Soy

                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                          7. Dark Chocolate

                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                          10. Gingko Biloba

                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                          11. Green and Black Tea

                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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