Hump Day Healthy Eats; Sweet, Salty, and Decadent

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When all of your meals are based on nutritional value and you are carefully maintaining a healthy diet, sometimes the urge to eat something different, something sweet, something sinful creeps in and you want to indulge. Since every calorie counts, finding alternatives that satisfy your craving without setting you back is key. Here are 4 recipes we use that are unbelievably fantastic and can satisfy any craving. Let us help you keep on track.

Need something sweet?! These taste just like sour patch kids.

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What You’ll Need . . .

1 lb of fresh green grapes
1 pkg of sugar free lemon jell-o unprepared
1 pkg of sugar free lime jell-o unprepared
Mix your two flavors of jell-o together in a plastic bag. Pull your grapes from the stems and rinse them well. While they are still a little damp add a few at a time to the plastic bag. Seal and shake. Remove and repeat. Put bowl of grapes uncovered in the fridge and let them sit for at least an hour before serving. Then enjoy. No fat. No sugar. So good.

Try different combos of jell-o for different tastes. You can also try red grapes. Other mixes we’ve tried are raspberry and lime, orange and lime, and watermelon and lemon. The possibilities are endless. Go wild!

Craving something warm and chocolaty?! Try these Chocolate Chip Chickies. . . They’re High in protein . . . have NO flour . . . use NO oil. . . and NO white sugar!!)

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What You’ll Need . . .

1 ¼ cups canned chickpeas; well-rinsed, clear outer shells removed, patted dry
2 tsps vanilla extract
½ cup + 2 Tbsps Natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
¼ cup honey (can also use agave)
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips in a food processor. Process until smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they’re combined.
Put in the chocolate chips and stir. The mixture will be very thick and sticky. With wet hands, form into 1 ½ inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft. They will not set like regular cookies. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week.

Craving something salty?! These Crispy Parmesan Edamame should do the trick

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What You’ll Need. . .

1 pkg frozen shelled edamame
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Let frozen edamame thaw. Dry on paper towel if necessary. Mix parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, toss edamame with olive oil. Add the parmesan mixture to the edamame and toss until evenly coated. Spread on a pan and bake for 15 minutes (until cheese is crispy)

Edamame, a green soy bean, is packed with nutrients. In just ½ cup of shelled plain edamame you’ll find 120 calories, 9 grams of fiber, 2.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 15 mg sodium, 10% of DV of vitamin C, 10% of DV for iron, 8% DV for vitamin A, and 4% DV of calcium. Go on indulge!

Need something a little more sinful, creamy, and over the top?! Try this Heavenly Chocolate Avocado Mousse

What you’ll need . . .

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2 avocados, seeded and chopped, peel discarded
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I like dark cocoa best)
1/3 cup agave syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree for 3 minutes until smooth. Taste and adjust agave as desired.

It tastes as heavenly as the real thing. Avocados are all the rage right now. And why not? They’re filled with healthy fat. The type of fat with difficult names to pronounce and too difficult to spell, but which keeps inflammation under control (good for arthritis sufferers) and helps our digestive tract form transport molecules for fat that can increase our absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. It has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Say no more . . . pass the mousse please.

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