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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 November 20, 2020

                          Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                          Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                          Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

                          One 2017 study found that:[1]

                          “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

                          This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

                          Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

                            As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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                            Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

                            1. Remember Your Why

                            It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

                            Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

                            2. Go to Bed Early

                            If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

                            This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

                            3. Make a Commitment

                            I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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                            Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

                            You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

                            4. Find a Friend

                            If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

                            Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

                            Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

                            5. Treat Yourself

                            We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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                            You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

                            6. Change your Mindset

                            Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

                            When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

                            7. Plan Your Day

                            You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

                            Time blocking

                              8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

                              Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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                              For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

                              9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

                              Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

                              10.  Set Multiple Alarms

                              Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

                              Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

                              Final Thoughts

                              About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

                              Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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