Posts tagged with "sweets"

Sexy Chocolate Recipes for Valentine's Day

Posted February 12, 2015 in chocolate, Valentine's Day, sweets and 5 more


I've mentioned before that I don't think you need to be in a relationship to enjoy Valentine's Day. I've had too many sad single V Days, so I want you to embrace the day and make it fabulous!! (Here are 7 ways to Treat Yo Self on Valentine's Day and some fitness gifts you can get for yourself!

Whether you're planning a sexy date with your man or lady, planning a fun girl's night or hanging solo on Valentine's Day, I highly recommend enjoying some delicious (and sexy) chocolate.

Why is chocolate so sexy, you ask? Flavanols in cocoa beans have antioxidants that reduce cell damage, help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function. (source) Stick to dark chocolate and you'll get more of the benefits!

Before we get into these amazing recipes, check out this video about How to Manage Your Valentine's Day Expectations from Gabby Bernstein. I love this. We get way too caught up in what we think the day should be. Just resolve to have fun no matter what.

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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Almond Candy

Posted March 12, 2015 in sweets, sweet tooth, dessert and 9 more

*My local HyVee provided me with Blue Diamond Nut-Thins. All opinions are my own

I've been buying Blue Diamond Nut-Thins for awhile, so when HyVee gave me a box of the Almond Nut-Thins in Hint of Sea Salt and a box of Artisan Nut-Thins in Asiago Cheese I was super excited. But when they suggested I try a recipe using the crackers, I was intrigued.

I've never thought of using crackers in a recipe, especially a sweet treat.

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding Parfait

Posted September 30, 2015 in Pumpkin, Fall, recipe and 9 more


I recently made one of my favorite recipes that I created last fall - Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding. It's so delicious, and very pumpkin pie-like.

But I realized it could be even more like pumpkin pie if it had whipped cream on top! My whipped cream addition turned into the perfect little fall dessert that will satisfy your craving for pumpkin pie, but without tons of sugar.

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Black Bean Super Seed Brownies

Posted October 30, 2015 in hemp hearts, Manitoba Harvest, FitApproach and 7 more


*I received the opportunity to write about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts through my ambassadorship with FitApproach. Manitoba Harvest sent me a package of hemp hearts to enjoy. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate makes everything better, right?

Brownies are definitely one of my favorite sweet comfort foods. There's nothing quite like the gooey chocolatey goodness of a brownie.

And if you've never tried making black bean brownies, you are totally missing out. The taste of the black beans completely disappears, and you don't have to use any flour! The black beans add tons of fiber and make the brownies super moist.

I found a recipe for black bean hemp brownies on the Manitoba Harvest website that looked delicious. I decided to add another superfood seed to the recipe to make the brownies even more nutritious! And Black Bean Super Seed Brownies were born.

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cups {just 3 ingredients}

Posted December 15, 2015 in chocolate, pomegranate seeds, holidays and 9 more


I'm getting so excited for Christmas baking. I love spending a day in the kitchen with my KitchenAid mixer making delicious sweet treats. 

Baking during the holidays always brings back great memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom and dad, brother, aunt and cousins. Some of my favorite holiday cookies from my childhood include peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter balls (for some reason my family calls them zit crunchies), cherry mash and homemade Mounds. When my grandfather was alive, he would make homemade fudge and chess pies. So delicious!

Although I have lots of great memories from the baking process and from enjoying my family's treats, I also remember overindulging in sweets and feeling sick, lethargic, bloated and gross. So a few years ago, I started making some of my own healthier sweet treats using less sugar or natural sweeteners. I found that I didn't indulge in as many cookies, but I still felt like I was getting a special holiday treat. 

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My Five Favorite {sugar-free} Sweet Treats

Posted January 29, 2016 in Kick Your Sugar Cravings, sweets, dessert and 7 more


I have a major sweet tooth! I love cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chocolate, scones, pastries and candy. Yep, I love it all.

And there was a time when I indulged in those things far too often. I had to have them! And once I started eating something sweet, I couldn't stop. I just wanted more and more. Then I felt guilty for eating so much sugar. So I would eat some more! 

Today, I don't crave sugar like I used to. I don't feel that intense desire to eat cookies or chocolate. And when I do eat something sugary, I don't feel guilty. 

So how did I break free from my addiction to sugar and shed my sugar guilt?

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{egg-free} Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Posted May 4, 2016 in dessert, cookie dough, peanut butter and 4 more

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It's no secret that I have a sweet tooth. While I don't eat dessert every night, when I do I find healthier options. 

When I'm craving cookies or baked goods, I make this delicious cookie dough. While I've never been shy about eating raw cookie dough made with eggs, I made this version without eggs. 

It's also made without sugar, so you can enjoy this cookie dough guilt free!

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Simple 4-Step Sugar Detox

Posted October 31, 2016 in sugar detox, hydration, greens and 8 more

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*This post contains links to nutrition products that I use daily. I've partnered with the company because I love and believe in the products!

If you're feeling bloated and tired from overindulging in sugary treats, it's time to detox!

Although I don't detox regularly, I do think it can be beneficial if you've been eating too much sugar and you find yourself having uncontrollable sugar cravings.

Detoxing can be especially helpful after a treat-filled holiday. If you don't ditch the sugar immediately after your holiday sugar binge, you'll find yourself craving sugar and indulging in more sugar for days, weeks or even months. Then it will be even harder to ditch the sweets!

So get started today with my simple sugar detox!

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