If you're trying to be strict about your diet, you must be wondering what to have for dessert. Most sweet treats are full of refined sugar, which can have an adverse effect on your health. Even so-called sugar-free packaged treats can contain harmful substances. It is often recommended to opt for fruits and nuts when the cravings hit, but sometimes they are just not satisfying. Sometimes, you really need something yummy and chocolatey. So what must you do? Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija has a great idea. She recently shared a 4-ingredient recipe for a healthy chocolate dessert. Check it out below.
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How To Make Healthy Chocolate Cream At Home | Quick And Easy Recipe For Sugar-Free Chocolate Dessert By Nutritionist Pooja Makhija
In a blender jar, add chickpeas, dates, unsweetened cocoa powder and milk. Pooja uses almond milk, but you can use any other kind too. Blend to get a smooth mixture. Add more milk as required to get a creamy texture. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and place it in the freezer for around 30 minutes to set. Your special chocolate cream is ready! Watch the full reel here:
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You can eat this dessert as it is or scoop it up with some plain crackers. You can enjoy it without any guilt - here's why:
Why This Dessert Is Healthy:
1. It uses dates in place of refined sugar
As mentioned earlier, the consumption of refined sugar can lead to several health problems. This recipe uses dates as a nutritious substitute for sugar. Dates are rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, etc. They are known to lower cholesterol, improve bone health and increase energy levels.
2. It is high in protein
Chickpeas, dates as well milk are all good sources of protein. Hence, if you're trying to increase your protein intake, this dessert can be a good addition to your diet. Chickpeas also contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and Vitamin K.
3. It is low in fat
Many desserts like ice cream are full of fat because their base requires an ample amount of high-fat milk or heavy cream. While this chocolate cream does contain milk, its quantity is much lesser. Additionally, the key ingredient of this base is chickpeas and not any milk product. Overall, this dessert is relatively low in fat.
4. It may aid with weight loss
Chickpeas and dates are also high in fibre. This can help promote satiety, curb cravings and help with weight loss. The protein content of this dessert can also aid your fitness goals. It provides you with a healthy energy boost and may keep your blood sugar levels relatively stable.
Now you know exactly what to make the next time you are craving something chocolatey.
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