Adding a dash of health to desserts
Every small effort towards better health counts. Over a period of time these small changes in your diet and habits can help you create a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family members. One thing that always stands between us and good health is processed sugar. While the food you cook may not contain high amounts of sugar, packaged and readymade food contains processed sugar which is used to enhance the taste and increase the shelf life of the product.
Processed sugar enters our diet in multiple ways, whether it is through sugary soft drinks or packaged snacks such as biscuits. It is very difficult to cut sugar completely out of our diets. All of us crave for that sweet treat once in a while. Though it is easier to visit a shop to buy desserts, making them at home can help you make your dessert healthier by reducing sugar and replacing processed ingredients with healthier ones.
Replace the Sugar
Instead of using processed white sugar, you can try zero-calorie and all-natural sugar replacements such as stevia. Sugar replacements such as Tata Nx Zero Sugar are 100% natural, made from stevia herb extract and lactose. It contains zero calories and a lower glycaemic level which makes it a better alternative to artificial sweeteners and white sugar. Use stevia in your desserts and daily beverages to reduce your sugar intake.
Try Healthier Flours
Most desserts use refined all-purpose flour (maida) as the main ingredient. As this is heavily processed, most of its nutritional value is lost till it reaches your kitchen. Instead of refined all-purpose flour, try using almond powder (almond meal) or healthier flours such as whole wheat flour. You can also choose to make Indian sweets that use besan as a main ingredient as it is a good source of protein.
A great way make your desserts delicious and healthy is to try recipes that feature fruit as the main ingredient. As fruits are naturally sweet, this will help you in reducing the amount of processed sugar in the dessert. Additionally, all fruits have a unique flavour which can add distinctive taste and texture to your desserts.
Use Dark Chocolate
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate dessert? When you make the next batch of chocolate chip cookies or a decadent chocolate cake, replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate. It contains lesser sugar and has proven health benefits. It has antioxidants which are beneficial for our overall health and well-being. Some studies even suggest that dark chocolate can help in keeping the heart healthy.
Along with this, try replacing sugar in items such as tea, coffee, and drinks with natural sweeteners. This one small step can become your first step in your journey towards good health.