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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 January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                      Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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