Holiday Alternatives that are good for your waistline
We all know what time of year it is... November and December are upon us! More commonly known as the Holidays. The Holidays come and like all guests in your life are usually wanting to know where is the food? Celebrations, parties, and gatherings are what this season is about. By the time January rolls around, you are usually doing that yourself- rolling around. What if that did not need to be the case? What if you could not only enjoy food during the holidays, you also could enjoy preparing for the new year? What if one of your resolutions was not to lose the extra holiday weight because there was none to lose?
There are many alternative options for many of the holiday staples that we create during this time, that when used can actually help you to lose weight.
- Almond and Coconut flour- by substituting either of these options for the regular flour that is used, not only are you getting those healthy fats, you are able to cut the carbs! Almond flour is a great source of vitamin E and magnesium, which can help with blood sugar control. (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/almond-flour)
- Butter! Yep, we said it! Good ‘ol butter! Butter contains a lot of the healthy saturated fats that help raise the good cholesterol or HDL.
- Cream cheese- not only is it a great source of protein and calcium, which helps with bone health, it is also low in carbs. Cream cheese is also very versatile and can be used in anything from frosting to dips for veggies.
- Sweetener alternative like monk fruit or stevia- Sweeteners, like monk fruit are zero calories, zero on the glycemic index, zero impact on blood sugar or insulin levels, zero in bitterness and aftertaste. So unless monk fruit is in your bank account, the number zero sounds pretty good to us! (https://ujido.com/apps/help-center#!what-the-benefits-of-monk-fruit-sweetener)
- Matcha- Of course matcha had to be here! Matcha is a wonderful source of antioxidants, helps stabilize blood sugar, keeps your energy sustained throughout the day, is a source of L Theanine, and most importantly, it tastes great. A good Japanese matcha, like Ujido, is high quality and grown to produce the best results- (for more on Ujido matcha, check out our website Ujido.com)
Happy Holidays to you!
〇●Roasted Matcha Cheese mousse●〇
- 7 tbsp Ujido Roasted Matcha
- Almond flour pie crust recipe by Wholesome Yum
- 4 cups cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar or sugar alternative- such as a monk fruit sweetener
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 9 tsp gelatin powder
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 2/3 cups warm water
Go to https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/almond-flour-pie-crust-recipe-paleo-low-carb-gluten-free/ for a great pie crust recipe
- Make the Roasted Matcha cheese mousse: In a small bowl, dissolve the 4 tsp gelatin powder in the water and set aside. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cream cheese, 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cups heavy cream in a double boiler. Add the 3 tbsp Ujido Matcha powder and mix well, then mix the gelatin mixture and mix very well. Pour into the springform pan over the pie crust based and smooth the top, freeze 2 hours.
- Make the plain cheese mousse: In a small bowl, dissolve the 4 tsp of gelatin powder in the water and set aside. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of cream cheese, 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cups heavy cream and 2 tsp lemon juice in a double boiler. Add the gelatin mixture and mix very well. Pour into the springform pan over the Matcha cheese mousse layer and smooth the top, freeze 2 hours.
- Pour the 1 2/3 cups warm water within a medium bowl, add a tsp gelatin and mix until dissolved. Combine a tbsp Roasted Matcha powder and sugar until thick and smooth with a cool down. Pour into the springform pan over the cheese mousse and freeze 30 min.
- Remove the Roasted Matcha cheese mousse from the refrigerator and release the springform pan.
- Garnish with lemon zest.