The Inescapable Hole–Part II

If it was not enough to be captivated by the first batch of high protein donuts, I do not blame you. Once you have fallen into the hole of {better for you} donut excellence, you may seldom have the desire to be lifted out by their sugar-laden alternatives. Prepare to fall even harder and faster this time, however, because chocolate and peanut butter have arrived to join in. Enter chapter two of the grand donut-fest…

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The Inescapable Hole–Part I

Donuts. There is something about them (especially for those of us with a voracious sweet tooth) that draws us in with a relentless force of confectionary greatness. It is as if they have their own gravitational field that lures us near enough to the point where we cannot turn back after the first…or the second…or the third…until we have obliterated that last crumb in the box of one dozen. It is without a doubt that donuts are the black holes in the universe of pastires.

All cosmic forces aside, however, they do not need to be bad news for the mindful and/or high-volume eaters.

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Cuckoo for Coconut 

At some point in time, among the quinoa, kale, chia seeds, and goji berries, coconut became snugly nestled into the plethora of health-food crazes. And what is one of the most effectively entertaining ways to take advantage of superfood trends?…Cupcakes!

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A Seemingly Devilish Match Made in Heaven

Chocolate and peanut butter…the world’s most wonderful combination. I am not leaving that open for debate; that is just the way it is.

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Pump it Up!

I hope that everybody had a lovely Thanksgiving and feasted well. Surely, there would have been no better way to round off that giant holiday meal you enjoyed than with a classic pumpkin pie. Your traditional recipe, however, may have been missing one utterly important element to contribute to a truly satisfying dessert: CHOCOLATE!

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!

Oh, how I love chocolate. I simply cannot get enough of it, and I go to bed sad and hopeless if ever going a day without it. Even the things in life that bring us the most joy and elation, however, can get excessive at times. Yes…there are extremely rare occasions (as much as the thought makes me cringe) in which I do need a break from chocolate. When a refreshing change of pace is desired, this recipe hits the spot–while still satisfying my Bottomless Stomach-sized appetite.

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Have Your Cake…and Eat the Whole Thing!

To say I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. As far as I am concerned, a meal is not complete without dessert. Since sweets, however, tend to be bad news for a nutritious diet, how is one to eat them often without wreaking havoc on his or her health?

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How to Eat Like a King

Before we get to the recipes, I would like to share some useful tips and essential items used for my cooking methods. The old saying goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” I prefer, however, to eat every meal like a king (or queen in my case). I must mention that I am not a nutritionist; I like to eat a lot, I like to benefit from what I put into my body, and this is what works for me.

The goal of high-volume eating is to be able to get the most volume, or amount of food for the least amount of calories, allowing one to feel satisfied without overeating. While this approach is often used for weight loss to prevent dieters from feeling deprived, I personally use it to eat large portions while maintaining my weight.

In order to get the highest volume of food per calorie, the trick is to choose foods that are low in calorie density. Fiber and water content are two factors that greatly affect calorie density. For example, think of how much more space ten fresh grapes occupy compared to ten raisins. It has also been speculated that dietary fiber is not completely digested, therefore contributing few calories to the diet while adding plenty of volume.

To achieve my collection of low calorie-dense recipes, I focus on ingredients that are high in fiber and protein, while being low in fat and sugar. Additionally, I seek out foods that will provide health benefits whenever possible. In the absence of fat and sugar, however, attaining optimal taste and texture requires some creativity. Continue reading