Sweet Seduction: 14 Healthy Chocolate Recipes | The Health Sessions

Sweet Seduction: 14 Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Chocolate is the ultimate guilty pleasure. From the Aztec times, the cocoa bean has had a feel-good, romance-inducing reputation. Besides being known for its aphrodisiac qualities, chocolate’s considered an indulgent but not-so-healthy treat. And while that certainly can be true for regular chocolate bars, science shows some chocolate is actually good for you.

In it’s purest form, raw cacao contains health-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids. These plant nutrients support a healthy heart, keep your blood sugar in check and fight inflammation in your body. Unprocessed cocoa powder is also rich in minerals like iron and magnesium, which help boost your energy.

But not all chocolate’s created equal: only dark chocolate with a 70% cocoa content or higher, and little milk and sugar added, counts as the real deal. And remember that chocolate is a stimulant, so it may not be helpful for those sensitive to caffeine.

If you want to really treat yourself and harness the power of raw cacao, look no further and try the healthy chocolate recipes below! 

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Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations | The Health Sessions

Curb Your Cravings: 6 Steps to Resisting Sweet Temptations

This past year I’ve been having cravings – strong, insatiable cravings.

During my pregnancy, my stomach became a bottomless pit, constantly demanding energy to grow my baby. It only got worse after our son was born. I was burning so many calories from the nonstop nursing and sleep deprivation. With no time or energy to make a healthy snack, I just grabbed whatever I could get my hands on: cookies, granola bars, even pastry and desserts.

All that sugar only left me wanting more. Because unlike natural sugars in fruit, starchy vegetables and whole grains, refined sugar contains no vitamins, enzymes and fibres that help to release sugars more slowly into the bloodstream. Instead, it’s just ‘empty calories’ – pure energy that cause a spike in your metabolism, followed by a crash. This quick change in blood sugar levels leaves you feeling tired, cranky and craving more sweets to get another sugar ‘high’.

And we all know that too much sugar wreaks havoc on our health.

Of course I’ve been meaning to curb my cravings. But there always seemed to be a plausible reason to treat myself “just this once”, whether it was a birthday, special celebration or a get together with friends. I’ve gotten used to automatically (albeit enjoyably!) eating the temptations right in front of me again and simply ‘forgot’ about healthier options.

But I need every ounce of energy to keep up with my kids, work and home life, so it’s time to get control over my snacking habits again.

Do you want to curb your cravings and cut down on sugar too? Here’s the plan.

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12 Indulgent Christmas Treats with Better-For-You Ingredients | The Health Sessions

12 Better-for-You Christmas Treats

Oh, December.

From the Dutch pepernoten at Sinterklaas and oliebollen for New Year’s Eve to sipping champagne, munching on gingerbread cookies or anything chocolate, temptations are e-ve-ry-where.

But just because you choose to eat healthy for your wellbeing doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. Just have a look at these 12 irresistible Christmas treats with better-for-you ingredients to work up your appetite!  

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Hurray! 10 Healthy Birthday Cakes to Celebrate in Style

Hurray! 10 Healthy Birthday Cakes to Celebrate in Style | The Health Sessions

 

Julia Childs was right: A party without cake is just a meeting.

I’m all for birthday indulgences, but sometimes you just want your treat with a little less refined sugars, butter and accessory bloating. The good thing is: you can have your cake and eat it too!

These 10 celebratory sweets prove that you can bake the most tempting treats from wholesome ingredients like spelt flour, coconut yoghurt, almonds, spices and fresh fruit, without compromising on taste.

No matter if your food style is vegan, gluten-free, raw or Paleo, this sweet selection of birthday cakes has got you covered. Time to celebrate!

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Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

Ice Ice Baby: 10 Healthy Popsicles for a Cool Summer

 

A record breaking heat wave has hit Europe this week. What better way to cool down on a hot day than with ice cream? And the good news is, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your own popsicles with wholesome ingredients! Just blend your favorite fresh fruits with a liquid of your choice (coconut water, plant-based milk, Greek yoghurt), pour the result in popsicle molds and put it in the freezer. You could even sneak in some extra goodness like veggies and avocado if you’d like!

Here are 10 finger-licking good recipes for healthy popsicles. Which one will you try first? 

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