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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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    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 May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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