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15 Amazingly Simple Strawberry Desserts That Everyone Should Try

15 Amazingly Simple Strawberry Desserts That Everyone Should Try

It’s strawberry season here in Australia, and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only do I get to have them with my yogurt and granola every morning, I can start busting out some delicious strawberry-laced desserts. Let’s have a look at some!

1. Strawberry Cheesecake Pizza

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    Just when you thought that pizza couldn’t get any better, along comes this bad boy. And they threw cheesecake in to boot. I can see myself eating a slice or seven of these on warm summer nights.

    2. Strawberry Roses

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      If you want to be healthy, but also impress the pants off dinner guests, I recommend strawberry roses. Sometimes you don’t need to disguise the natural deliciousness of this fruit with anything else. I only just discovered their existence with some random young gentleman brought me one at work. I probably shouldn’t have eaten something given to me by a stranger, but it was too tempting to resist!

      3. Eton Mess

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        You can’t go wrong with this old favourite from the 19th century. It’s perfect as a dessert or for a summer picnic and proves that you don’t always have to have an “out with the old” mentality.

        4. Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

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          Can we just stop for a second and think about what a legend the woman who thought of this is? Apparently strawberry fudge wasn’t amazing enough, she had to add shortbread, What a hero. This would be great as a quick snack for any occasion!

          5. Strawberry, Lemon and Poppyseed Pancakes

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            What I like about this dessert is that I can get away with having it during multiple meals. Not only is it a dessert, it can also be made for breakfast. Or, if you’re a fan of Scrubs like I am, Brinner.

            6. Strawberry Nutella Milkshake

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              Holy crap, I can’t believe this isn’t in my belly right now. This is perfect for when you want a sweet treat or need to whip up a quick and no-fuss dessert for the kids. I recommend adding a shot of Kahlua to turn it into an adult milkshake.

              7. Strawberry Cheesecake Blizzard

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                Okay, I think we’re established that I’m a little obsessed with strawberry cheesecake. But with ice cream like this to tempt you on a hot summer day, can you blame me? As a bonus, there’s no added sugar in this dessert! Ten more servings, please!

                8. Strawberry and Pineapple Popsicles

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                  I don’t think you can actually get a recipe  easier than this. All you have to do is blend, pour, freeze and then play the waiting game. I personally wouldn’t bother adding the honey because I find that strawberries and pineapples are sweet enough already. Yay for healthy desserts.

                  9. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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                    I may have just gone into a pleasure overload. Not only are these super cute and delicious, they’re perfect for so many occasions. They’re great for guilt-free snacks, as well as mini-dessert tasters for parties. Plus, they look amazing.

                    10. No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites

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                      This recipe appeals to me not only because the no-bake elements speaks to my inherent laziness, it also just screams summer. Strawberries and lemonade, what could be more refreshing?

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                      11. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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                        Strawberry roses are all well and good, but sometimes you need a little chocolate hit. And sprinkles. Obviously.

                        12. Strawberry Summer Cake

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                          I like the idea of anything that will make my house smell like a strawberry patch. The name says it all really, this is the perfect cake for any summertime occasions – BBQs, picnics, family dessert, or binge eating by yourself. Or is that just me?

                          13. Watermelon, Strawberry and Citrus Sangria

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                            You may be labouring under the misapprehension that cocktails don’t count as desserts. You”re wrong. They just happen to be grown up desserts where it’s totally socially acceptable to also have them with a side of regular dessert. Or is that just me again?

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                            Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to be sipping on one of these on a hot afternoon or on a warm summer night?

                            14. Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

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                              I know I wax rhapsodic about the more indulgent desserts on this list, but I’m actually quite a healthy eater for the most part. If you’re looking for a healthy, but still equally delicious, dessert – this is your answer. Personally, I would forgo the Snapple & Half & Half for regular milk, but that’s just me. You can also easily make this vegan friendly by substituting almond milk in.

                              15. Fresh Strawberry Pie

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                                You can’t have a dessert list without pie! If you’re short on time, or just want to simplify things, you can also get yourself some store bought crust.

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                                Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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