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Deliciously Deceiving Dessert Recipes Loaded with Vegetables

Yogurt Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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We can't do a veggie-based baked goods roundup without including everyone's favorite: carrot cake. This version is lightened up with a yogurt-based "cream cheese frosting" and a better-for-you cake base.

Get the recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Photo: Abbey's Kitchen

Chayote Apple Pie

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Cut the carbs and sugar in traditional apple pie by using chayote squash to replace half of the apples. The crust is a nutrition powerhouse as well, made with high-fiber tortillas in place of piecrust. No rolling out dough for this pie! (Want more? Try 10 New and Delicious Ways to Eat Apples)

Get the recipe: Chayote Pie

 

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Chocolate Kale Cake

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Want to have your chocolate cake and eat it to? Sneak in some kale to boost nutrition and moisture. Trust us, you'll never even know it's there! If you're looking for more ways to get your greens in, try out these 10 New Ways to Eat Kale.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Kale Cake

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Cheddar Spinach Cookies

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There is no better way to get someone to eat their veggies than to call it a cookie. Savory cookies are a healthy alternative to plain old bread for dinner. These little guys pack almost 1/2 cup of spinach in each one.

Get the recipe: Cheddar Spinach Cookies

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Banana Bread

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Why should our friends with celiac disease or gluten intolerance miss out on all the green-eating fun? In this gluten-free bread, zucchini adds flavor and moisture, plus a hit of fiber and vitamins A and C! (Or take a spin with a spiralizer for zoodles with 12 Sensational Spiralized Veggie Recipes)

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

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Avocado Brownies

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Avocados are not only for guacamole! With their creamy texture and mild flavor, you can replace oil or butter with avocado for a delicious and nutritious dessert.

Get the recipe: Avocado Brownies

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High-Protein Veggie Bread

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This gorgeously green veggie loaf is packed full of nutrient dense veggies, low-fat protein, and filling whole grains. This bread is savory snacking at its best.

Get the recipe: Veggie Bread

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Breakfast Cookies

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Make busy mornings easy again with these chewy gluten-free breakfast cookies that are packed with nuts, bananas, apples, and a sneaky dose of carrots. (FYI: There are plenty of other Healthy Cookies You Can Eat for Breakfast)

Get the recipe: Breakfast Cookies

 

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Trendy Sports Bras for the Small-Chested Yogi

Nike Pro Indy Cross Back

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Minimal and sexy, this low-cut, cross-back design comes in five colorful (we love the green on green shown here) and features adjustable straps to keep you comfortable during your low-impact workouts (that still burn a ton of calories!). ($50; nike.com)

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Lululemon Lighten Up Bra

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This yoga bra (intended to provide light support for an A or B cup) fits like a second skin, keeping you comfy and cool while you sweat it out. ($48; lululemon.com)

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Athleta Renew Bra

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We've found a new staple in your workout wardrobe. This seamless bra features adjustable straps, wireless cups, and a wicking, breathable fabric, making it perfect for any studio class. ($44; athleta.gap.com) (Next, check out these no-slip yoga socks to help you hold your pose.) 

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Forever 21 Low-Impact Dotted Sports Bra

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With its adorable black-and-white polka dot design, strappy back, and affordable price point, this low-impact bra is at the top of our wish list. ($15; forever21.com)

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Onzie Elastic Bra

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Be the envy of your Vinyasa class with this form-fitting bra that features badass back straps and is designed specifically for smaller chested yogis. ($45; onzie.com) (Looking for a new flow? Try these chill yoga poses to ease anxiety.) 

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Old Navy Go-Dry Light Support Crop Top Sports Bra

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In addition to its fun blue floral print, this sports bra offers stretchy straps and an elasticized band to allow for maximum range of motion and breathability. ($24; oldnavy.com)

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Varley Alta Sport Bra

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Feel sexy while you get your sweat on with this tiger print bra that boasts a front cut-out detail for extra airflow. Pair it with the matching pants for maximum head-turning effect! ($60; revolve.com)

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C9 Champion Seamless Cami Sports Bra

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You'll want to stock your closet with all eight colors of this comfy yet functional bra that features seamless wicking fabric, removable cups, and adjustable straps. ($20; target.com) (Be sure to snag these inversion-approved yoga headbands to complete the look.) 

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Mind-Blowing Ways to Cook with Nutritional Yeast

Paleo Baked Eggs with Nutritional Yeast

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If you're wondering when to start trying new recipes with nutritional yeast, the easiest time to incorporate it is breakfast. Besides, Sundays are just better when started with a side of runny eggs (especially if the night before has left you a little woozy from too much wine). Skip the slice of processed cheese in favor of a sprinkle of nutritional yeast instead, for a similar flavor.

Get the recipe: Paleo Baked Eggs with Nutritional Yeast

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Grain-Free Rosemary Crackers

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Nutritional yeast is called nature's Cheeto powder for good reason. Make these crackers with nutritional yeast, almond flour, and tapioca flour for a cheesy, crunchy snack you can actually feel good about.

Get the recipe: Grain-Free Rosemary Crackers

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Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto

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If you've ditched dairy then you know how hard it is to find a cheese-free sauce. This pesto swaps out Parm for nutritional yeast to give you the same creamy taste and consistency as non-vegan versions. (Psst. Find more vegan recipes here.)

Get the recipe: Vegan Basil Walnut Pesto

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Simply Cheezy Asian Soup

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Nondairy soups can be kind of meh in the creaminess department. This recipe uses nutritional yeast and vegan cream cheese to make sure this bowl doesn't disappoint. Once you've mastered the broth, stick your favorite store-bought dumplings in for a filling soup you'll be excited to reheat.

Get the recipe: Simply Cheezy Asian Soup

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Mac and "Cheese" with Creminis, Peppers, and Spinach

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This "cheese" sauce is perfect for mac and cheese when a comfort foot craving strikes, but that's not all you can use it for. Use it for an appetizer veggie dip for a group or when you're not in the mood for carbs. (Does that ever really happen, though?)

Get the recipe: Mac and "Cheese" with Creminis, Peppers, and Spinach

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Creamy Avocado Alfredo Pasta

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Alfredo? If dairy gives you tummy troubles it's more like alfre-NO. Swap out the heavy cheese and milk for avocado to get the same thick, creamy consistency. Top with nutritional yeast for a cheese-like finish on top.

Get the recipe: Creamy Avocado Alfredo Pasta

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Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

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This dressing is cashew-based, giving it a light, nutty flavor that's quick to make with just a few pulses in your food processor. Nutritional yeast and lemon make this faux Caesar a low-cal, lighter choice.

Get the recipe: Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

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Beet Walnut Pesto

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Swap in nutritional yeast for cheese in this veggie-based pesto recipe. Combined with beets, walnuts, and basil, this pesto works great as a spread or as a sauce.

Get the recipe: Beet Walnut Pesto

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Foggy Notion Chunky Sweater

Burgundy and black knit pair up to create this cozy-yet-stylish sweater. It features a warm turtleneck, asymmetric hem, and raised rib detailing, which means it's just begging to be worn this fall. ($68; nastygal.com)

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