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10 Healthy and Sneaky Dessert Recipes That Are Irresistible for Anyone

10 Healthy and Sneaky Dessert Recipes That Are Irresistible for Anyone

If I could eat dessert for every meal of the day, I’d do it. Scrap that, I’ve done it—for one day.

Unfortunately, to most people, desserts are seen as an “occasional” food and rightly so—the best (and tastiest) ones are often filled with butter, chocolate and well—everything dietitians and health professionals preach to keep at the top of the food pyramid.

As a healthy eater and recipe-developer, I personally love hiding veggies or adding extra goodness in many recipes—a simple trick which can easily turn a once “sinful” dessert into something which can be added to your weekly food prep.

Wait, WEEKLY food prep? You heard me.

Here are 10 Healthy and Sneaky Dessert Recipes that are irresistible to anyone—not just those who have a slight obsession with kale or zucchini.

1. Cacao Avocado Pudding via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

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chelsea2

    Who would ever have thought avocado and chocolate could be an actual combination? Not me. Now? You have me convinced! Try this delicious Cacao Avocado Pudding enriched with monounsaturated fats!

    2. Homemade Chocolate and Peanut Butter Clif Bars via 1000 Lovely Things

    juli

      FACT. I loved Cliff Bars, but their sketchy ingredient list and extra added sugar made this a “treat” snack. Luckily Juli has me covered with her homemade version with a sneaky protein boost from dried soy beans!

      3. Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

      chelsea

        I used to always think making chocolate should be left to factories and Willy Wonka. After seeing this super simple recipe, I’d sacrifice a golden ticket for them.

        4. Coconut Orange Blueberry French Toast via Cleaneatsfastfeets 

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        meghan

          Breakfast for dessert doesn’t need to be the leftover chocolate cake from your sister’s 21st birthday the night before. This fruity spin on the classic French Toast will make you feel like you’re in the Tropical Islands or the Bahamas—well, until you wipe the plate clean.

          5. Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars via Fit Swiss Chick

          lucie

            A raw cheesecake with a combination of coconut and almonds and even a hidden zucchini in there! No refined sugar either—this is practically a superfood. Well, in my eyes.

            6. Healthy Rice Crispy Treats via Running With Spoons 

            amanda2

              My childhood lunch box highlight was Rice Crispy Treats which would make an appearance as a treat. Feel good about eating this healthy version with just THREE ingredients!

              7. Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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              lexi

                These Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars are DAIRY FREE and have cheese in their name—how does that work? Check out this delicious recipe full of wholesome ingredients; you’ll be tempted to pat a cow and let them keep the milk.

                8. Flourless Double Chocolate Muffins via Running with Spoons

                amanda

                  Sugar free, oil free and grain free does not sound like something delicious. Take a look at these double chocolate muffins. They are sugar free, oil free and grain free yet look moist and face plant worthy. Yes, that is a new term. Yes, it is warranted.

                  9. Sweet Potato Brownies via The Lean Green Bean  

                  lindsay

                    I used to always think you needed butter or oil in brownies to make them palatable. That, or three times the amount of chocolate. These brownies look moist, delicious and mouthwatering—you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s packed full of sweet potato! Dessert and a vegetable? I’m game for that.

                    10. Hidden Veggie Two Bite Brownies via The Healthy Maven 

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                    davida

                      You’d never guess that in these two bite brownies there were TWO vegetables. Sweet potato AND spinach? You could probably eat the entire batch and have covered your 5 servings of vegetables a day.

                      They say looks can be deceiving. After looking at these recipes, I’d gladly be deceived.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at The Big Man’s World via thebigmansworld.com

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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