Yes, you read that correctly. An all time favorite, the brownie has been made healthy, and low-calorie! This is my original recipe, and has been made after several hours of research and failed attempts. It yields an extremely fudgy, chocolatey brownie. Enjoy with friends or family (although I would eat this alone). Perfect treat for a weight loss plan.
Preparation time : 35-45 minutes.
The following recipe is for 1 serving :
- 1/2 tablespoon low fat butter
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup low fat plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 3 1/2 tablespoons low calorie sweetener (I use erythriol)
- 90ml skim milk
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
- Whisk butter, egg whites, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Stir in the yoghurt. Keep stirring till no lumps remain. Stir in the sugar and erythriol, then stir in the milk. Add cocoa powder and baking powder. Pour the flour. Lastly, gently fold in the dark chocolate.
- Spread the resulting batter onto a pan. Bake at 150 degrees C for 15 – 19 minutes. 15 minutes yields a fudgier brownie, while 19 minutes yields a cakey brownie. (OPTIONAL : Let the brownies sit at room temperature for 6 hours)
Human beings require three basic essentials to live – Air, water and food. Let’s focus on the third one there. Food is our fuel. It’s what energizes us to be healthy and perform well. Its simple, we eat to live. But, in recent times, that statement has changed. We live to eat, now. Its been complicated so much that it cannot be properly represented in words. Let me explain.
The leading cause of death in the world is heart disease. The reason for that? A bad diet, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. Such is the concern with the growing population and westernization of the world. Now, the reasons why this is the case are plenty, but we’ll be focusing on the opposite. What is the importance of diet? And what difference does a good diet make? I believe that being healthy is a necessity in life. To prevent diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and mental disorders such as depression, we must adopt precautionary measures.
The basic needs of the human body are as follows –
- Fruits and vegetables, and other fibrous foods which enrich the body with vitamins and minerals.
- Dairy products, soy. meat and its products, or foods that are high in protein, are essential preserving muscle mass and prevent wasting of muscle.
- Carbohydrates such as grains, starchy vegetables, and fruits such as the all-mighty banana.
- Oils, butters, nuts and other foods that are rich in good, healthy fats.
Food comprises the foundation of the human body. Our world has gotten so busy that nearly everyone is messing it up. With the introduction of processed and packaged foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar, came the diseases mentioned above. The importance of a good diet in our lives is overlooked by many of us, being unnecessarily complicated and made to look more difficult than it actually is. The first step to simplifying it, is by understanding what actually we are are eating, and realizing that our diet is what it is, and that it can change for the better.
In the end, it is not a sin to have a scoop of your favorite ice cream. I personally believe in the 80/20 rule. 80% of whole food, 20% of whatever. This prevents us from being deprived mentally, and ensures that we are truly satisfied with what we eat. Coupled with some exercise, like a half-hour walk, can get you far. Not only will it nourish your body with what it needs, but also what it enjoys. Diet with exercise, is important, with an emphasis on the former. And it is much simpler than everyone thinks it is.