Christmas Goodies, Made Sugarless
Christmas festivities and end of year parties often mean indulgence. The cold weather also leaves us craving for comforting food. For those trying to maintain a healthy diet and diabetic individuals who cannot indulgence in sugar treats, Christmas can be difficult time. With cakes, cookies and warm indulgent beverages featuring on every party menu, it becomes extremely challenging to make healthy choices while dining out or socializing.
At the same time, when you are planning parties or making goodies to share with your family and friends, it is possible to make treats and desserts that are healthy, satisfyingly sweet and delicious. Making small tweaks to recipes can make them healthier for everyone. Here are some recipes and ideas that can feature on your Christmas menu this year.
Sugarless and Low-Calorie Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are simple and a perfect partner to a cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee. Sugar cookies are traditionally made with all-purpose flour, sugar, egg and butter. To make a healthier version of these cookies, swap the sugar with a natural sweetener like stevia. Natural sweeteners such as Tata Nx Zero Sugar, made from stevia herb, will help you maintain the sweetness of these cookies without comprising on the taste. As a zero-calorie sweetener with a low glycaemic index (GI) value as compared to regular sugar, this sweetener will let you make treats for everyone irrespective of their dietary concerns. If calories aren’t a concern, these cookies can also be decorated with frosting to match the festive season.
Healthier Christmas Pudding
The traditional English Christmas Pudding (plum pudding /plum cake) is an amalgamation of dry fruits, nuts, candied fruit peels, spices, sugar, flour, eggs and brandy. This rich dry cake-like dessert is a tradition in many homes. Often preparations for this cake begin weeks earlier. Dry fruits, candied peels, nuts etc. are soaked in brandy much before this pudding is made. An excellent way to reduce the number of calories and sugar in this Christmas treat is to swap some key ingredients with healthier alternatives. For example, all-purpose flour can be replaced with almond flour, stevia can be used instead of sugar, and candied peel (which contains a lot of sugar) can be swapped with fruits such as raisins and prunes. These replacements will make this classic Christmas treat healthier.
Irrespective of the occasion, chocolate is always the perfect choice. Amongst all chocolate desserts, a rich chocolate mousse has no competition at all. Many home chefs shy away from making this dessert at home as it involves many tricky elements. An easy and quick way to make chocolate mousse is to combine it with avocados instead of eggs. This ensures that your vegan and vegetarian guests have something sweet to look forward to. Blend 2 ripe avocados, half cup of cocoa powder, few drops of vanilla essence, a pinch of salt and 3 to 4 tbsp of milk or almond milk. Add a natural sweetener such as Tata Nx Zero Sugar as per your taste. Chill this in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so that it sets. A healthier version of chocolate mousse is ready!
Do you have innovative Christmas recipes? How do you make the festive season healthier for your family? Share your ideas in the comments below.
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah
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