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Indulge Yourself Without Wasting Your Workout

It’s a love-hate relationship; those delightful, sugary, high calorie morsels that taste like a slice of heaven but make you feel so guilty after taking just one bite! We’ve all been there before, you take the time and effort to go to the gym, go for a run or eat healthy for an extended period of time and then you let your guard down. You tell yourself “Oh, one won’t hurt” or “I deserve to treat myself a little bit”. You couldn’t be more right! Indulging yourself a little bit won’t hurt and you do deserve to treat yourself for working out. Making good choices will help you sustain a better level of heath, but ONLY if you do it the right way! I’m sure you have noticed our culture has the mentality of rewarding ourselves bountifully when we sacrifice or suffer a great deal. Unfortunately, when it comes to shedding those pounds and keeping them off that philosophy NEVER pans out. Bottom line is that no matter how hard you try you can’t out run a bad diet! So instead of throwing away all those hours of hard work by canceling them out with a few bites of your favorite dessert we have compiled a few tasty treats that not only will tantalize your taste buds, but will keep your diet and calorie count right where you want it. If you stick with these quick, easy, low-calorie delectables, not only will you be treating yourself for your hard work, but you will also have a clear conscience that you aren’t holding yourself back from reaching your health goals. Enjoy!

Low-Cal Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse

Ingredients

1/2 package Mori-Nu Silken-Lite Firm Tofu
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond milk
1/16 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate in a sauce pan on a range or in a bowl in the microwave.
2. Once melted, toss everything into a food processor or a Magic Bullet blender until silky smooth.
3. Scoop into small but quaint serving cups and place a berry or two on top (blueberry, raspberry or strawberry)

Nutrition Information
  • Calories: 140
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Protein: 2.5 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Low-Cal Coconut Snack Bars

coconut bars

Ingredients

1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients together.
2. Once ingredients are combined, squish mixture into a container (about 7 x 5 inches).
3. Place container into your refrigerator for about an hour before cutting.

Nutrition Information (per bar)
  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Protein: 1.5 grams
  • Fiber: 1.5 grams

Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Low-Cal Chocolate Fudge Balls

indulge yourself

Ingredients

3/4 cup pitted dates
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoon shredded coconut
1/3 cup raw pecans

Directions

1. Take all the ingredients and blend them together thoroughly in a food processor.
2. After you mix it well in the food processor, compact the dough so it is tightly packed together.
3. From there take of small chunks and roll them into golf ball sized balls.

Nutrition Information
  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 2.5 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 8 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Fiber: 1.5 grams
  • Protein: .5 grams

Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie

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