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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 September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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