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almond & chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 2, 2018  |  0 Comments
What’s one of my favorite things to enjoy post-workout or after a long, long, long sweaty walk in the summer? This nutty, chocolatey, fruity smoothie! It quenches my thirst, satisfies the desire for something tasty, and provides key nutrients to replenish my body. You can also play with the smoothie recipe and make it your own by adding in some extras, like a few spinach or mint leaves. Or, if you’re in a desserty mood, go for extra-dark chocolatiness by adding in more cocoa powder.   Either way, it’s got good numbers! This recipe provides 33 gram of carbs (with no added sugars!) to replenish glycogen in the muscles and 14 grams of protein to make those muscles happy. It’s...
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double chocolate banana dessert bread

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 21, 2018  |  2 Comments
It’s perfect timing for me to share this oh-so-yummy family-friendly recipe! (That’s partly because “Family Springtime Celebrations” is the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux.) And no, I didn’t sneak kale or anything weird in here! This is just what you think it is … a chocolate lover’s quick bread that has plenty of banana goodness and mouthwatering moistness. Enjoy it as a snack or, as the name implies, dessert. A healthy-ish dessert, that is! You can even grill up a thick slice of the chocolatey bread and top it while warm with a scoop of plant-based ice cream or mashed raspberries—or both! Perhaps I’m a bit odd, but my favorite way to eat this is semi-frozen and thinly sliced....
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california dark chocolate candies

by Jackie Newgent  |  February 22, 2018  |  0 Comments
Can candy offer health benefits? If you make these, the answer is definitely yes! These candies start with dark chocolate, which contains polyphenols that act as antioxidants. But the real surprise is what’s inside; it’s prunes! Research suggests that eating 5-6 California prunes a day may help support healthy bones—plus they provide additional polyphenols. They’re a perfect bite for an after dinner sweet. Enjoy!   Disclosure: At the time of posting, Jackie Newgent is a spokesperson for California Prune Board.
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mini mint-chocolate brownie sundae jars

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 22, 2017  |  5 Comments
I love desserts in mini jars! It’s a way to indulge in sweets in a portion-friendly way. It’s so much fun, too! Here, I’ve gone with a brownie sundae concept. I chose mint chocolate chip frozen dessert since that’s my favorite flavor. And I made good-for-you brownies with absolutely no added sugars! Altogether, this dessert can be called “healthy!” But there’s no need to tell skeptics that. This dessert-in-a-jar still provides 100% “sweet tooth” satisfaction! Serve for a party. Or, freeze brownie rounds for later and make one jar at a time just for you. Enjoy beyond just as dessert. This recipe makes a scrumptious pick as a post-workout snack! But before taking that first spoonful, please join me in...
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borough market-inspired peppermint brownies

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 21, 2016  |  1 Comment
One of the most memorable brownies I ever had was one that I enjoyed at Borough Market in London. But it’s one of those “special occasion” brownies since it’s super rich. With the Recipe Redux theme this moth of “Trimming the Table,” where a healthy holiday dessert was the request, I decided that I’d start with that special brownie recipe, then keep tweaking it until I created a “healthy” brownie that’s perfect for the holidays. I did it! The result still has just-right richness and fudginess from butter, eggs, and dark chocolate. But this version uses whole-wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar and … wait for it … carrots! I figured that folks like carrot cake, so why not go for...
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