Thursday, June 22, 2006

silken tofu

Do you shudder at the thought of eating tofu? Well, you shouldn’t! This uninspiring white block made of soy is a true chameleon because it just absorbs the flavor of the ingredients you cook it with. Moreover, even if there have been a lot of controversies about the real benefits of isoflavones and soy proteins, there's one thing that remain sure: it is not harmful! Indeed, even if we'd learn that tofu's protective benefits only come from its low saturated fat and cholesterol content compared to meat, which it can easily substitute, it would still be a marvelous food to include in one's diet.Therefore, if you have a sweet tooth, why not begin by a tofu-based chocolate dessert…? You can actually buy one of these at the grocery store, but it’s so easy to do that it'd be a shame no to do it yourself!

Soy-chocolate pudding

  1. First, you’ll need 1 silken tofu block.
  2. Then, puree it in a blender.
  3. Add about ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
  4. Mix until the texture is smooth.
  5. Refrigerate and serve cold (makes 4 sevings).

Nutrition facts for ¼ recipe (about ½ cup): 113 calories, 3 g fat, 0.8 g saturated, 0.7 g monounsaturated fat, 1.3 polyunsaturated fat, 17.6 g carbohydrate, 1.9 g fiber, 6.9 g protein, 1.6 mg iron, 34 mg calcium. My comment: What a nice delicious little treat! It’s packed with protein and nobody could guess there’s tofu in it. If you want to boost the calcium content, you can add 2 tbsp per serving, and you’ll benefit from about 100 mg extra calcium, 3 g protein as well as vitamin D for only 31 calories!

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