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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Some Diet Dessert Recipes

Mom’s Chocolate Cake


2 cups white sugar

½ cup shortening 2 eggs

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 cup hot, brewed coffee

2 tsp baking soda

2 ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Cream the sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Stir in the cocoa, milk, flour, baking powder, boiling coffee, baking soda and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Pistachio and Yogurt Cake


Light olive oil or low-fat spread, for oiling or greasing

140g shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts

4 eggs

175g caster sugar

150g plain low fat yogurt

75ml light olive oil

115g self-rising flour

Greek yougurt and mixed fresh berries to top


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas mark 2-3.
  • Oil a 23cm spring form cake tin with a little light olive oil or use some low-fat spread.
  • Start by finely grinding the pistachios in a food processor, then set aside.
  • Using a free-standing electric mixer, beat the eggs and the sugar together until very pale and thick.
  • This will take about 5 minutes, so be patient with it!
  • Next, gently mix in the yogurt and olive oil.
  • Now, sift in the flour and fold in using a spatula, then add the ground pistachios.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Top with Greek yogurt and mixed fresh berries.

Use Spices in Meals

1 Powdered spices release their flavors much easily so they can be added towards the end of the cooking time. Whole spices on the other hand release flavors slowly so they must be added at the beginning of the cooking process.

2 Always store your spices in a cool, dark place so that the flavor is retained for a longer period. A cabinet in the kitchen away from the stove or the refrigerator door shelf is a good place for your dry spices.

3 Ensure that dampness does not get into the spice container. Always use a dry spoon to remove the portion of spice you need.

4 Dried leaf herbs like thyme, basil or oregano may be crushed by hand before adding to the dish. Add fresh herbs at the end of your cooking time so they retain the flavor.

5 How much of spice is enough? That’s the question most people ask, but there is no hard and fast rule as to the right amount to be used because it is always the combined effect of the spice flavor and the food that gives it the taste. It’s a good idea to go by the time-tested recipe. Generally the strong spices like cayenne pepper, cloves, star anise and cinnamon are used sparingly.

Food Dehydration


First and foremost, you should explore the health benefits of drying your foods. Recent studies have revealed that cooking foods in other manners can actually remove the food’s nutrients. These are precious nutrients that your body needs and craves! By making the switch to a food dehydrator, you can prevent this from happening. Drying out your foods actually allows them to maintain these nutrients, so they’ll be much better for you.


When using a food dehydrator, the food will not only be dried, but it will also shrink to some degree. This might not seem like a major benefit, but it can be for many individuals. When you’ve shrunken the food, you’ll be able to store it away much easier. A massive pound of meat will be made much smaller and it can then be stored away in bags and jars, without so much difficulty.

Enhanced Longevity

One of the biggest problems associated with various foods is the fact that they cannot maintain their freshness for a lengthy period of time. If the food is left out in the open, it’ll spoil very quickly. A refrigerator can preserve the food for a period, but a dehydrator is even better in this regard. When using a food dehydrator, it is possible to take meat, which would normally spoil in less than a week, and make it maintain its freshness for up to a year! The difference is substantial and it is even possible to enhance the food’s longevity with proper storage. Using a vacuum sealer can also help.

Simple Almond Milk Recipes

With that established, here are some ways you can enjoy the taste and health benefits of almond milk:

Creamy Almond Milk Shake with Chia Seeds

This thick and rich shake is packed with nutrition you can use for the day. It takes just five minutes to make and serves two.


½ cup of organic almond milk, unsweetened

¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt (option 2: coconut milk)

3 whole medjool dates, pitted

3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1/3 cup of pistachios, roasted and shelled

2 tbsp of black chia seeds

2 tbsp of cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 tsp of vanilla extract


  1. Combine the chia seeds and almond milk in a bowl. Let the mixture sit for at least ten minutes.
  2. Put the medjool dates and pistachios in a food processor and blend on high until very finely chopped. Once it becomes almost like butter in texture, scrape the sides. Your aim is to achieve a texture that’s as smooth as possible.
  3. Once smooth, add the almond milk and chia seed mixture into the food processor. Then, add the remaining ingredients-sliced bananas, yoghurt, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Blend them all together until smooth and creamy. This should take around four minutes of blending.
  4. Do a taste-test and adjust accordingly. If the texture is too thick, thin it down with more almond milk. Pour in serving glasses and serve immediately.