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17 healthy desserts that contain legumes

I’ve always been the type of person that has room for dessert, no matter how full and bursting I already am with food. Before I got interested in health and nutrition, I’d often have dessert instead of dinner. Because, you know, why waste room on vegetables…. These days I’m a little more health focused, but I’ve still got that same sweet tooth. That’s why I try my hardest to create dessert recipes with benefits. The more nutritious, the better! If you’ve come across Sarah in Shape before, you’re probably aware that we’re ALL about those healthy desserts and treats. Healthier desserts…

Black bean brownie balls

If you’re not an avid Pinterest user, the combination of black beans (a legume) and chocolate (usually a dessert) might seem kind of weird. Well, if you’re not overly experimental in the kitchen, the whole idea of legumes in desserts probably sounds like a strange one. But just trust me on this one. The whole dessert food category has had a bit of a makeover in recent times. Recipes filled with butter, sugar and/or flour were once the staple of an after-dinner meal. But that’s no longer the case. Desserts with benefits Thanks to the development of healthy ingredient swaps,…

Healthy Berry Frozen Yoghurt Bark

Were you ever a sucker for the “frozen yoghurt is definitely a healthier choice than ice cream” trap? It’s just so easy to fall into. Never in your wildest dream would you think that fruity frozen yoghurt would have the same if not more sugar than ice cream. I mean, there’s pictures of berries and fruit on the front and something written about the benefits of probiotics! But alas, like with most foods that are marketed as a healthier choice, frozen yoghurt is rarely as good for you as it’s made out to be. In fact, most brands of frozen…

21 healthy breakfast recipes that are good enough for dessert

Busy mornings can make it easy to get stuck in a breakfast rut with the same routine meal losing its appeal after you eat it day in, day out. For an entire year of high school, I ate Weetbix (or Weetabix for my British friends) cereal before school. Every. Single. Day. Without fail, I started the morning with two Weetbix, milk and brown sugar. It’s been 7 years and I’ve only just been able to start enjoying them again. I must admit, 2009 was a breakfast rut for me. But it was the year I began eating breakfast for the first…

Fourth of July fruit gelatin square flag 

Although I’m a born and bred Australian, I’ve always had a place in my heart for the American holidays. As a child, I could never understand why we didn’t have snow at Christmas time, or why we didn’t sit down to a turkey feast on Thanksgiving, or why we didn’t have super-sized fast food meals – because of course, everyone on TV did! But while the internet has brought our cultures closer together, I couldn’t help but find myself becoming excited for “America’s Birthday,” with video’s of Independence Day cocktails and holiday-themed snacks flooding my newsfeeds. So from Sydney, I…

Almond blueberry chia pudding

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that for the longest time I was never a breakfast person. I found the ol’ cereal routine boring and not worth waking up 10 minutes earlier for. Those were the days of 11am blood sugar crashes and a carbohydrate-laden lunch to follow. Yet I still had no idea why I was struggling with my weight… But that was then, and this is now – a time where I am a complete breakfast advocate and love stumbling upon new breakfast recipes in my Pinterest sessions. I basically have a list of…

Chia pudding 

The texture of food is a HUGE component in any meal. Have you ever completely disregarded a dish or a food because of its texture? I certainly have. I love eggplant, but the texture of it cooked is a huge turn off for me. As a result, I have to cut it up into tiny cubes just to be able to bear it. Because of my strange obsession with texture, I’ve always been wary of trying chia pudding. Instagram photos of beautifully decorated chia puddings have caught my attention for a while now, but I was always worried the texture…

15 recipes that don’t require a kitchen.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be more than aware that I’ve been suffering through a major kitchen renovation for the past nine weeks. Two weeks was doable. Five weeks was challenging. By eight weeks, it was a full-on nightmare! And then it was a delayed another week… But I survived, and now have a new lovely, white, pristine kitchen to boot. From a glass half full perspective, I even became a better cook. Being forced to live without a kitchen also forced me to become more creative with my recipes, ingredients and appliances. I also used a slow…

Healthy paleo caramel slice.

I have, and always will be, an advocate of treating yo’self. Whether it be a few squares of chocolate, your favourite dinner, a healthy dessert or a full blown cheat meal, I don’t see any problem in having a treat – in moderation of course. One of the most effective weight loss tools I have found to date is planned splurges. Even the most disciplined, bulging, burly bodybuilder veers from their strict regimes from time to time because hey, life’s short! And willpower will only get you so far. Personally, I enjoy a cheat meal once a week of around…

Coconut chocolate nicecream

After an OTT, chocolate-filled Easter, rationalising with myself about the health properties of cacao, I got to thinking about the healthy chocolate recipes I’ve grown to love – and how they don’t leave me feeling over-indulged. Unsweetened cocoa powder is a well-used staple in my pantry and I add it to everything from oats to smoothies, to my favourite guilt-free dessert, “nicecream.” The name suggests a nicer version of ice cream, but I would be lying if I said it was as good as say, Ben Jerry’s New York Super Chunk Fudge (seriously, nothing could beat that stuff). Instead, I…

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