Who doesn’t like a bowl of ice cream on these hot, hot days? This is a great post-workout treat and it can be ready in minutes. This easy ice cream can also be turned into popsicles – simply use a little more liquid to create a softer consistency that can easily be poured into popsicle molds, freeze until solid, and enjoy as a grab-and-go treat. And of course, you can experiment with any other frozen fruit that you like, in place of the blueberries and mango chunks. Continue reading “Dessert Today: Blueberry Mango Protein Ice Cream”
This yummy Strawberry Chia Pudding is the perfect treat to show someone how much you love them. The recipe is vegan and is made with strawberries, chia seeds and nondairy milk. This is from Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes.
Chia seeds contain high concentrations of fiber, protein and healthy omegas, as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorus and manganese. Studies have shown chia seeds as an effective means to boost plasma ALA and EPA omega-3 levels. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Further, omega-3s are excellent for brain and skin health, Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Dessert: Strawberry Chia Pudding”
Sometimes I just need something to ease the sweet tooth craving. This recipe does that. It also is a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free cookie, perfect for serving at a dinner party where you may have guests with different food allergies or sensitivities, and safe to throw in your kid’s lunch for school.
Although this is a cookie, the cranberries and dark chocolate give this recipe a bit of a nutritional boost. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, the cranberry really is a super food. Cranberries contain phenolic antioxidants that keep bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract, helping prevent infections. Continue reading “Snack Today: Chocolate Cranberry Cookies”
Valentine’s Day is definitely an indulgent holiday, especially when it comes to chocolate. And although most chocolate is high in fat, sugar and not-so-natural ingredients, good dark chocolate has many positive things going for it. Benefits include a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced stress, and even improved memory. This dessert is delicious and perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner. It combines hazelnut butter, avocados and dark chocolate for a creamy, rich dessert, which is actually good for you.
Since Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, you should know that eating dark chocolate Continue reading “Dessert Tonight: Chocolate Hazelnut Avocado Pudding”
I am always trying to sneak beans and legumes into dishes to get a nutritional boost in food, as well as trying to get more chickpeas and lentils into my kids. This recipe allows them to think they are having a treat (which is true), but at the same time adds some protein and fiber to their diet. Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are an economical way to add flavor and nutrition to stews, soups and salads, and even desserts!
Chickpeas are legumes and research has shown that people who consume legumes regularly have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Aside from fiber and protein, chickpeas also offer Continue reading “Dessert Today: Vegan Chickpea Blondies”