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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 July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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