Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Trifle

It was my grandma’s birthday and I decided to prepare a sweet treat for her. She is diabetic, but who says not to consume chocolate while we are watching our sugar intake. She is very fond of desserts just like me. Last time I prepared Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe to cheer her up on this special day. I have something yet special for her this time. She loves cake recipes. Enjoy making rich and moist trifle for your loved ones and bring a huge smile on their face. Whatever ingredients I am using are diabetic friendly. Chocolate lowers cholesterol level. It prevents memory decline. It reduces heart disease risk and also prevents stroke. Cherries on the other hand is booster of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol. So let’s bake the cake.

Yummy Chocolate Trifle

Yummy Chocolate Trifle Cups

Ingredients:-

3/4 cup Water;

2 cups fat-free Milk;

1 package pitted Cherries;

2 drops of Red Food Coloring;

Sugar-free Chocolate curls to taste;

2 cups thawed Fat-free frozen Whipped Topping;

1 package Chocolate Sugar-free, Low-fat Cake Mix;

1 package Chocolate Sugar-free, Fat-free Instant Pudding Mix.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 375 D.F.

2. Mix cake mix using 3/4 cup water. Bake till cake is done, use knife to check this.

3. The cake mixture should not stick to the knife. Let the cake cool in pan. Remove from pan. Cut into small cubes.

4. Prepare pudding mix using 2 cups of fat-free milk. Chill for at least 40 minutes.

5. Thaw cherries reserving 1/4 cup juice. Mix cherries, food coloring and juice together.

6. Place half of cake cubes in a 3-quart trifle bowl. Spoon half of cherries over cake. Spread 1 cup pudding over cherries, and top with half of whipped topping.

7. Repeat layers. Garnish with chocolate curls. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. You can also serve in glasses as I have, in the same manner with feasible proportion. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Celebrate the chocolate treat!

Cheers with Valentine’s Day Cocktails

A good date’s first impression is as essential as a refreshing cocktail, oozing with love. Whether it is a sit-down dinner date at restaurant, a movie at home, party at bar or more creative ventures, certainly a stimulating cocktail makes the time most memorable. The classic and all-time great cocktails opens way to perfect blend of vodka, champagne, wine etc. These are the drinks that time has refined and enhanced. Happy Valentine’s day to all of you. Hope you enjoyed my last year’s collection of Valentine’s Day Cocktails also. Juz check what I’ve got for you.

Raspberry Treat

Raspberry Treat

Raspberry Chocolate Kiss Martini – Want a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day celebration? Here I present the perfect blend of Raspberry and Chocolate with a kiss of Martini. The super flavor is made by adding mint-infused simple syrup, chocolate cookies, raspberries, vodka and cranberry juice with loads of ice. All you needa do is fill the mint syrup, place thawed raspberries, add in vodka and cranberry juice and shake it in a shaker. This is the sip of love.

Choco Love Cocktail

Choco Love Cocktail

Hot Chocolate Cocktail – Your loved one may still crave for something warm in these chilling. A warm mixed drink of peppermint schnapps, coffee liqueur, and hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream will keep up the spirit of love forever and ever. This is enough to keep you warm in winter especially on the love-struck day called the Valentine’s day. This is a super fun and flirty drink which brings the steaming love to the par.

My Pomegranate Way

My Pomegranate Way

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch – Break out the punch bowl with this perfect punch recipe. Celebrate a stress-free affair and serve this favorite, make-ahead date drink with a fizzy and fruity way. All you require is to boil the water and sugar in small saucepan. Simmer for seven minutes. Cool the syrup. Take a punch bowl, add champagne, rum and pomegranate juice to it. To this add prepared sugar syrup. Mix lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. At last add ice. The recipe is super simple and oozing with love.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Enjoy the date!

Celebrate Australia Day with Traditional Chocolate Lamington

Australia Day, falling on January 26, has become nation’s largest annual public celebration. It brings together Australians from all walks of life. Make sure to grab your spot along the streets of Australia to cheer the bulk parade participants. It’s the national day and ultimate time to celebrate with classic and traditional dishes. Australia has a rich variety of food and drinks. Last year, I shared with you Australian Cocktails and I’m so glad that everyone loved to dance with those drinks.

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

This time I’ve come up with the traditional dessert called Lamington. Lamington are squares of sponge cake that are dipped in melted chocolate and grated coconut. Lamingtons are usually made up of stale cake. I have used fresh cake. So the trick is to freeze it. After this, dip the lamination when it is slightly frozen. Though I am equally fond of strawberry and raspberry flavor, this time I tried Chocolate Lamington. You can also add in strawberry cream in between the cake as I have done. 

For the Cake:-

3 eggs,

1/4 cup milk,

1/2 cup sugar,

1/4 cup cornflour,

3/4 cup self raising flour,

3 teaspoons melted butter.

For Icing:-

1/2 cup milk,

3 1/2 cups icing sugar,

1/3 cup cocoa powder,

2 teaspoons melted butter,

2 cups desiccated coconut for coating.

Preparation Method for Cake:-

1. Preheat oven to 180 D.C. Now grease and flour a square shaped cake tin. Take a bowl. Beat eggs, sugar, butter and milk in it. Sift this mixture in flour and cornflour mix. Mix until well combined.

2. Pour the mixture into the greased tin. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Bake time is 25-30 minutes.

3. Allow to cool. Cut into smaller squares. Place in the freezer until it begins to harden, for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered.

Preparation Method for Icing:-

1. Stir butter, milk and cocoa powder, together. Then stir in the icing sugar.

2. Dip frozen cake squares into icing mixture and then into grated coconut.

3. Place on baking paper and allow to defrost. This must take 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.

Australia Day Parade

Australia Day Parade

Enjoy Australia Day!


Diabetic Friendly Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The food craving for a diabetic and a non-diabetic person is the same. It is human nature to crave for the things, he needs to avoid. The scenario very well matches to that of a diabetic person. His desire for having desserts is doubled instead. I can well understand this coz my father has diabetes. This does not mean that low-sugar meals have to be tasteless. He has a sweet tooth. I am sure you loved my Diabetic Friendly Pecan Ice Cream.

Diabetic Friendly Cookies

Diabetic Friendly Cookies

Oats are significant source of dietary fiber. Oats have earned reputation as widely used healthy breakfast ingredient. There is nothing more fulfilling than to wake up and have a bowl full of steaming hot oats. So healthy and so tasty. Today we have different ways of using oats to give you a satisfactory yet tasty meal. If you have diabetes, you must know that a small square of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Did you know that snacking on unprocessed dark chocolate will help in controlling obesity and diabetes? If no then surely try this recipe to quench your craving.

Ingredients:-

1/4 teaspoon salt,

1/4 cup nonfat milk,

2 teaspoons vanilla,

1/2 cup low-fat butter,

1/2 cup dried cherries,

1 teaspoon baking soda,

Cooking spray as required,

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger,

1/3 cup whipped egg whites,

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,

2-1/4 cups uncooked quick oats,

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate,

1 cup Diabetic friendly sweetner,

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Preparation Method:-

1. Combine the sweetner, butter, brown sugar, egg whites, applesauce, milk and vanilla in a bowl.
2. Mix with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
3. Slowly mix in oats, cherries and chocolate. Combine well.
4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the lightly sprayed baking sheets. You can use an ice-cream stick as shown.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 D. F oven for 10 minutes or until light golden in color.
6. Remove from baking sheet and cool. Serve!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Tips to Quit Smoking – Anti-tobacco Day (May 31)

Thank you for loving my blog “tips for healthy teeth and gums”. I wanted to write something on Anti-tobacco Day as well. Tell me, how much we love our father? And why not? He is our Idol. Is he really our idol. Yes, we learn from our idols. But what if he is a chain smoker? Isn’t it disgusting?

My friend, Jane was very disturbed by the smoking habit of her dad and nearly every day there used to be a fight in their house lest I suggested her some food that would lessen the craving for smoking. Within a month after taking this food plan, my friend’s family was a real happy family. I wanna share with you the list of diseases and consequences that generates while smoking:-

  • Bronchitis and Emphysema

  • Impotence

  • Lung Cancer

  • Mouth Diseases

  • Heart Disease

  • Strokes

  • Miscarriage

On the Anti-tobacco Day, I would like to share some food items that will help to quit smoking. And the best part is that it really works if the diet is taken seriously and regularly. Tobacco contains nicotine. You are right, the nicotine in tobacco is what people are addicted to. Many people like Jane’s father can quit smoking, then why not you or your loved ones. Impossible is nothing, it’s just about the will power and the magic of the selected food.

Food remedies to quit smoking

Food remedies to quit smoking

1. Milk – Milk is very effective in quitting the smoking habit. Drinking a glass of milk every day an hour before the normal smoke time will do you good and also keep you healthy.

2. Omega-3 fatty food – Certain food textures like fish etc. can also help chain smokers to fight the craving to smoke. Crunchy food tends to be more satisfying for a quitter. Food like beans, fish and flax seeds are rich in Omega-3.

3. Popcorn – It is strange but true, popcorns play a vital role to quit smoking. You can have popcorns, without butter, to help stop those nasty urges of smoking. Popcorns give you that salty taste which does not tastes good while smoking. 

4. Salt – Try eating a lot of salted food inorder to quit smoking. The salt content in the food will help curbing the desire to smoke.

5. Turmeric – This is an Indian spice and is one of the best ingredients to add to any dish, especially if it is a South-Asian cuisine. This spice lowers the smoking urge for chain smokers.

6. Water – Drinking lot of water will to keep the body hydrated. It will keep your tummy full. This in turn will prevent you from urge to smoke.

Some more food remedies to quit smoking

Some more food remedies to quit smoking

7. Blueberries – Not only blueberries, but any type of berry will help you to stop smoking. Strawberries, cranberries, mulberries are some of the berries to help you quit smoking.

8. Cheese – Grab a piece of cheese to curb the urge to smoke. Salty cheese does wonders for people who want to stop smoking.

9. Celery – You can chew on fresh celery leaves to help you to quit smoking. Try variant vegetable salads containing celery for an otherwise healthy lifestyle also.

10. Cinnamon – Just inhaling deeply a cinnamon stick, mimics the deep drag on a flavorful cigarette. What a natural way! Chewing a small piece of cinnamon stick is very beneficial to curb your craving.

11. Dark Chocolate – If compared to milk chocolate, dark chocolate is the best for you to quit smoking. Munch a heavenly dark chocolate if you get the urge to smoke, you’ll love it.

12. Dried Fruits – Aroma of dried fruits help to lower the cravings to smoke. Consuming them on regular basis will also make a difference to stop smoking.

13. Ginger – Ginger is a natural agent to curb all urge for smokers. If you cannot consume a piece of ginger, grind it and mix it with a spoon of sugar and have it. It will help you to forget about the thought for smoking.

14. Herbal tea – There are various herbal tea available nowadays. Sipping on a hot glass of herbal tea of your flavor will help you in reducing the urge to smoke a cigarette.

15. Lean Meat – Do you know that all types of lean meats will help you quit smoking? Enjoy lean meat topped over bread or with mashed boiled potatoes and steamed rice. 

Quit smoking

Quit smoking

Stay fit and quit smoking!!

The Foodie Affair…

Food for love life?? Yes, we’ve got some delights and combos that add your romantic mood. So improve your love life. Just follow these:-

Romantic Dinner Date

Romantic Dinner Date

The sensuous feeling– Some food are tempting and enticing naturally. This may be because of their texture or color. Red wine and chocolates are the best you can give your girlfriend on a romantic date. Banana custard, melted oysters and strawberries are perfect examples that tempt your lover because of their shape, smooth texture or vibrant color. Meal if taken slowly with eye contact is really sensuous for the couple.

The Chocolate affair

The Chocolate affair

Romantic ambience– The ambience boosts up the mood. Soft lighting along with pleasant music is what every lover craves for. Lovely flowers and charismatic essence of mild perfumes add to your dinner date. Never go for an overcrowded hotel or busy restaurant. Prefer serene place. Decorate the bottle of drink with red ribbon. It’s a must on every couple’s table. This leads to receptiveness, good memories and finally intimacy.

The Love Food For Vegetarians and Vegans

The Love Food For Vegetarians and Vegans

The chemical formula – The food high in zinc increases the level of romance, believe it or not!! Oyster is the perfect example for this. Variety of oyster recipes ranging from appetizers to main dish casseroles are available. Oyster mushroom soup is a good supper to go with. On the other hand try to include chocolate desserts for an exotic date. The reason behind this is the existence of phenylethylamine (PEA), the so called “love chemical”.

Baked Oysters!!!

Baked Oysters!!!

Drink in limit – Always drink without an intention to get drunk. Excess of drinking would make one utmost lousy, hence deleting the romantic mood. Drink till you think you can, in a safe manner. Remember no one likes a drunk person, your fiance will not like it either. Champagne is the only wine that enhances a woman’s beauty. Sparking or rose champagne placed on a neat dining table, yes, the thought is itself so tantalizing… Caviar go very well with champagne. Caviar is a delicacy composed of salt cured fish eggs.

Couple Enjoying The Drink..

Couple Enjoying The Drink..

The balanced food– Relaxing as well as energy giving food must go hand in hand. We feel relaxed while consuming a drink whether it’s vodka, whiskey, beer or wine. On the other hand we need protein to boost up our energy. Contrast does matter. Vegetarians and vegans can go for black Greek olives and sparkling cider. The combo will definitely boost up the romantic mood. Another combo of sweet and sour or dark and salty, adds to your love life.


Just try this!! I’m sure it’s gonna work…

More of Egg-o-egg Facts on The Easter

Easter reminds us of lots and lots of eggs. But let’s see who does not have privilege to eat eggs during this festival. People who cannot afford eating eggs, have various substitutes that will again add to the festive mood. We have some exclusive recipes for them as well. So keep the spirit high..

Eggless Easter Cake

Eggless Easter Cake

 

When to say “NO” to eggs??

1. Home of cholesterol bombs– One egg has as much cholesterol as regular size burger. Yolk is not recommended for the people facing high cholesterol problem.

2. High uric acid – People with high uric acid must avoid consumption of eggs. Since eggs are high in protein, they are likely to increase the uric acid.  

3. Allergic to eggs – These are symptoms one might have to face due to egg allergy. A baby who is allergic to eggs may fall sick or suffer from rashes all over his body.

Signs and Symptoms –

  • Skin problems:- Egg allergy may result in hives, eczema, flushing or swelling.

  • Problem in digestion:- Nausea, belly pain, diarrhea, vomiting and itching around the mouth are the common problems faced.

  • Problems with respiratory system:- A person may have runny nose, difficulty in breathing or wheezing, if he is allergic to eggs.

  • Cardiovascular system problems:- Rapid heartbeat or low blood pressure are the common problems faced by people allergic to eggs.

4.During menstruation –Mostly bleeding during menstruation is increased while women consume eggs.

5.Pregnancy –Egg must be consumed only if advised by the doctor. Avoid par-boiled or raw eggs.

Let’s see what the lucky one’s have in their store on the auspicious occasion of Easter. Here are some ‘Popular Easter Recipes’:-

Easter chocolate candies – Try the rich and creamy chocolate covered eggs and enjoy dark as well as milk chocolate fusion.

Hot Cross Bun Surprises – Traditional Easter rolls are very easy to make but can be made special yet by hiding a pocketful of filling inside each. It is decorated with a cross on top.

Bunny Cream Puffs –These delightful bunny cream puffs will make people of all age group smile. They look and taste great as well.

Easter Bonnet Cheese Spread –A bonnet is made up of cream cheese, pineapple, green onion and basil. It’s a perfect recipe to be served for an Easter Buffet.

Orange-Filled Easter Bread – The orange-scented, pure version of the Easter bread, filled with rich dyed-in-the-shell hard-cooked eggs is marked as an Easter holiday tradition worldwide.

Scrambled Egg Tortilla Cups – Celebrate the Easter breakfast with cheese, potatoes and egg food fiesta with the rich crunch of tortillas.

Popular Easter Recipes

Popular Easter Recipes

Finally let’s check out the Nutrition Value (Hard-boiled egg)

  • Serving Size – 100 g

  • Calories – 155

  • Total Fat – 10.61g (16%)

    -Saturated Fat – 3.267g (16%)

    -Polyunsaturated Fat – 1.414g

    -Monounsaturated Fat – 4.077g

  • Cholesterol – 424mg (141%)

  • Sodium – 124 mg (5%)

  • Potassium – 126 mg

  • Total Carbohydrate – 1.12g (0%)

  • Dietary Fiber 0g (0%)

  • Sugar – 1.12g

  • Protein – 12.58g

  • Vitamin A 12%

  • Vitamin C 0%

  • Calcium 5%

  • Iron 7%

Easter comes with hope, joy and warmth. It is a time to get together with family and friends. It is celebrated with great pomp and show denoting rebirth of Lord Jesus. Did you know as per stats, Americans spent more than $2 billion on Easter candies, last year accompanied with good reason. Let’s see the craze this year as well…

Wish you all a very Happy Easter!!

 

 

Chocolate Love Affair

The fight with my boyfriend was really bad one, the romance flew out of the window with the bitter argument. But you won’t believe the things settled down as he opened the box of chocolates lying under the pillow. And then endlessly we talked about our moments that were as sweet as chocolates. It was nothing but the magic of chocolate. “You never organize the things, i have office and kids to handle plus these daily chores. It’s disgusting!”, said Ema to her husband early in the morning. And then her husband brings home the packet full of chocolates, yes something that women always crave for. So what is the chemistry behind the love? Is it chocolate?

Love for Chocolates

Love for Chocolates

Why do boys pamper their girlfriends on Valentine’s day with the chocolates? The reason behind this is the existence of phenylethylamine (PEA), the so called “love chemical”. It is related to amphetamines. With this, one gains positive feelings, feels good and contented. Recent study has revealed that PEA boosts up the love life and brings about excitement and ultimate happiness. Chocolate also contains a compound similar to the caffeine, called theobromine. It is for this reason why people are addicted to coffee. Whether it’s chocolate cakes, tarts, pies, pastries, eclairs, doughnuts, ice-cream, chocolate shake or other chocolate dessert, they are most welcomed, anytime. Ofcourse it is the bubbling brew of love and intimacy.

Chocolate Love Affair

Chocolate Love Affair

Chocolate is composed of 380 different chemical, these altogether are responsible for driving force behind the pleasurable effects. I believe that the message is quite clear. To add on to this, phenylethylamine, the love drug, which is a major component of chocolate is said to be an aphrodisiac. This again boosts up the brain chemistry of a person who is in love. Hence when the level of phenylethylamine is high in the body, it removes the negativity and depression from unrequited love. These are the reasons why women love chocolate. They are ultimate mood elevator. And we very well agree with the saying by Sophie Kinsella,” Women need chocolate. It’s a scientific fact”.

Valentine’s Day Special – Chocolate Layer Cake

All you need is love but a little chocolate, now and then, does not hurt. A lovely quote for all those people in love!! Traditional layers of chocolate cake, sandwiched together with sweet chocolate icing, is designed to please any of the occasions or fests. Chocolate layer cake is not one of the best, but it is the best dessert that can be prepared on the auspicious occasion of Valentine’s day. The heart shape will make the feelings stronger still and we’ll ask for more and more. Since the cake is prepared in advance, you can spend some real quality time with your love. Dedicated to my love exclusively, here is the relishing Chocolate Layer Cake with the overdose of nutty chocolate.

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake

 Ingredients:-

For the cake:-

220 grams all-purpose flour,

350 grams granulated sugar,

95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,

1 teaspoon baking powder,

2 teaspoons baking soda,

1 teaspoon salt,

240 ml buttermilk,

120 ml vegetable oil,

2 large eggs,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

240 ml freshly brewed strong hot coffee

For Milk Chocolate Frosting :-

290 grams unsalted butter,

480 grams powdered sugar,

95 grams unsweetened cocoa powder,

5 tablespoons heavy cream,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

3/4 teaspoon salt,

15 oz chocolate chips

Preparation method:-

1. Preheat oven to 350 D. F degrees. Take two, 9 inch round cake pans, and apply nonstick spray.

2. For the cake, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.

3. Set aside. Blend buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be very thin, which is fine.

4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

5. For the frosting, cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low.

6. Add 3 tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolatey enough.

7. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate. With a knife, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up. Add the third layer too. Spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

8. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. The heart shape cake will melt your love.

Enjoy with your Love!!!

Enjoy with your Love!!!

Enjoy the Valentine’s treat!!!

Valentine’s Day Special Red Velvet Cookies

Wanna surprise your Valentine on this special day? Let’s prepare an easy recipe called soft-baked red velvet cookies. The mushy, creamy taste will drive your love crazy. Red color symbolizes love, so it is a perfect treat for Valentine’s day. These can be stored and consumed later. Each bite he takes, he’ll certainly remember his love. Chocolate chips can be used optionally to boost up the romantic mood. So here we have Valentine’s day special, red velvet cookies for our loved one’s.

Valentine's Sugar Crush

Valentine’s Sugar Crush

For Red Velvet Cookies:-

1 large egg,

1/2 teaspoon salt,

2/3 cup brown sugar,

1/3 cup white sugar,

1/2 cup unsalted butter,

3/4 cup sour cream,

2 cups all-purpose flour,

1/2 teaspoon baking soda,

1 tablespoon red food coloring,

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips,

1 ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate

 For Cream Cheese Frosting:-

1/4 cup unsalted butter,

4 ounces cream cheese,

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract,

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 375 D F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. Break the chocolate squares into chunks, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until the chocolate melts, about 90 seconds.

3. Stir the chocolate until smooth and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy; pour in the egg and beat until smooth.

4. Mix in the red food coloring and chocolate, scraping the bowl down regularly, until evenly blended, about 30 seconds.

5. Add half of the sifted dry ingredients, stirring until well incorporated. Beat in the sour cream and mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

6. Bake one sheet at a time in the preheated oven until they spring back when pressed, about 9 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

7. For the cream cheese frosting, whip 1/4 cup butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Blend in the powdered sugar in half cup portions until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

8. Add into cookies and serve.

Valentine's Delight

Valentine’s Delight

Enjoy the sugar crush date!!!