Chocolate is enjoyed by both children as well as adults and is often looked at as a treat or something that should be forbidden. Chocolate is also often associated with being a guilty pleasure, however, it can be just as nutritious as it is enjoyable. You just need to know a little bit about chocolate before you jump into incorporating it into your healthy lifestyle.
Continue reading about the different types of chocolate over on MasalaMommas!
This post is sponsored by Tea India. As always, all opinions are my own.
I love helping people start living healthier and showing them that it doesn't mean you have to be on a restrictive diet. The number one question most of my South Asian clients ask me is if they can still have their tea now that they're eating healthier.
At first, I used to say "yes of course" because I know how essential a cup of chai is to every Desi woman's day. But then, I realized that a cup of chai usually means a sweet treat on the side. Whether it is biscuits or rusk. That's where I would try and find healthier options to have with that cup of chai.
I'm so excited to share this recipe for Chocolate Almond Biscotti that is low carb and naturally sweetened! For all you true blue Desis, you can call this rusk as well.
Although I don't celebrate Christmas, I love indulging in the holiday flavours! My regular holiday go-to's are usually buttery shortbread cookies or gingerbread. I wanted to change it up and incorporate one of my favourite winter fruits, pomegranate. This Chocolate Winter Bark is a quick and easy holiday treat for you and your family and an even better present! It looks super fancy but is quick and inexpensive.
Here are a few tips and tricks to remember when you are making your Chocolate Winter Bark:
Roast almonds at least a day before you are making your bark. I roasted about 1 cup of almonds and used it for a variety of recipes throughout the week.
Make sure the pomegranate seeds are as dry as possible. Remove any bruised or punctured pomegranate seeds.
Have all of the toppings ready in bowls before you melt your chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, you will have to work fast!
When you are breaking the Chocolate bark, some pomegranate pieces may fall off...
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a huge sweet tooth. Almost all my snacks are on the sweeter side and dessert is a must almost everyday. After I had my daughter, those sweet cravings kicked in to high gear coupled with a never-ending hunger. Blame the hourly nursing sessions or my love for food, all I knew was I needed something sweet!
The Registered Dietitian side of me likes to look for healthy recipes that satisfy sweet cravings. I was so excited when I saw this recipe for healthy peanut butter cups by my fellow Dietitian Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen. We all know and love the classic peanut butter cups that come in an orange wrapper but they pack in a lot of added sugar. Abbey blended together banana and peanut butter to skip out on any added sugar, which is pure genius in my books!
Over the past few months I have made so many variations of these peanut butter cups because they are THAT good. Recently, I got a little more adventurous and added chickpeas to the mix! Believe...
Regardless of you either loving summer or complaining about the scorching heat, there is one thing we can all agree on during these months: ice cream. If there is anything that brings together a perfect summer day, it is always ice cream. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a nice cup of ice cream throughout the summer. However, the calories, fat, and sugar can quickly add up when you indulge in ice cream multiple times throughout the week.
Well guess what? I am here to tell you that you can enjoy your ice cream guilt-free with this simple ice cream made with only 3 ingredients! This ice cream is made with frozen bananas, which is blended to make a creamy base that resembles the texture of ice cream. Keep a batch of sliced bananas in your freezer all summer long for a quick treat when you are craving some ice cream. Although I have made the most basic form of this ice cream with just sliced bananas in the past, I wanted something more, maybe something with a little bit of caramel...
I have the biggest sweet tooth, which means I am usually (read: always) craving something sweet when snack time hits. I am also a chocoholic and always find ways to add chocolate to my healthy snacks. I created these cookies one night when I was craving chocolate and something sweet but was looking for something a little healthier. These cookies satisfy my sweet and chocolate cravings while also giving me a good balance of protein + fibre + healthy fats.
The star of these cookies are Hemp Hearts. Hemp hearts are seeds that have a nutty flavour and are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fibre. I love adding Hemp Hearts to my oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods.
Another great thing about these cookies is that they are GLUTEN-FREE! These chocolate power cookies are made with a blend of quick oats, Hemp Hearts, and ground flaxseed. Talk about triple threat!