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Healthy Treats that Taste Like Indulgences

Pizza? Cookies? Pad Thai? Yes, you CAN eat these tasty treats while sticking to a healthy diet. Sponsored by Smucker's.

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Sometimes eating healthy can seem like a real drag. But it doesn’t have to be! Bliss out and satisfy your cravings with these guilt-free snacks, desserts, and main dishes that no one will suspect are good for you.

Long Live Cookie Monster!

Yes, despite the rumors, Cookie Monster still eats cookies (and fruit) and yes, there are plenty of healthy cookies he (or we) can indulge in. Made with natural peanut butter and coconut palm sugar, these grain-free cookies are a treat you can feel good about making for kids and their parents.

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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And For Breakfast…

In fact, how about cookies for breakfast? Peanut butter is high in protein and fiber, making it a great way to power up your morning. Add oats, sweeten it with maple syrup, and top it with spreadable fruit, and you end up with breakfast cookies that are both filling and nutritious.

6-Ingredient Breakfast Cookies

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(Dark) Chocolate Rules

Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is super nutritious (in moderation): we’re talking high fiber (yes, fiber!), iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Granola bars make for a quick grab-and-go snack or breakfast, but the store-bought kind is often high in fat and sugar. Make your own and enjoy all the delicious benefits of chocolate, coconut, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut oil.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars

Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

That would be chocolate and peanut butter, of course. This recipe gives you all the health (and taste) benefits of two perfect ingredients, without the fat and calories. How? The filling uses a peanut-flour base and contains no added sugar.

Ultimate Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Ultimate Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Pad Thai Passion

Craving pad thai? No problem. We bring you a recipe that has all of the richness and deliciousness you desire, without the guilt. Low-carb pad thai peanut “noodles” are made with a base of roasted spaghetti squash, then stir fried with bean sprouts, scallions, and eggs mixed with a delectable peanut sauce.

Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash Noodles

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Pre-Party!

Looking for an appetizer for your next party? Classic cocktail meatballs get a sophisticated makeover with whole grains and a kick of everyone's favorite spicy sauce, sriracha. Instead of your typical bread crumbs and beef, these meatballs feature whole wheat bulgur and ground turkey. As for the sriracha? Research has found that spicy foods can temper your craving for salt (read: potato chips) in one study, those who ate a lot of spicy food consumed less salt than bland food eaters and had lower blood pressure.

Sriracha-Bulgur Turkey Cocktail Meatballs

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(Almost) The Real Thing: Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

Sometimes, you just gotta have pizza. But what if you’re avoiding wheat? This pizza crust recipe made with quinoa is not only gluten free but has all the amazing health benefits of quinoa a superfood if there ever was one. Top it with vegan cheese or dairy-free toppings for a high-protein vegan delight.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Crust

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