Another crazy week draws to an end! Lately, I’ve been realizing that I don’t mind being busy as much as I used to and the difference now is that I’m doing things that I believe in. In the past, I have had jobs or pursuits that I didn’t believe in 100%, and I’m realizing now how important that is. Even something as significant as making a healthy meal for Alan and me or taking an hour to go to the gym feels significant because it fulfills my goal to live a healthy, balanced life.
I’m not sure how this is related, but I felt like changing my appearance lately and doing something drastic so I chopped off my hair (with the expert skill of a hair stylist, that is)! Here’s a picture taken just a few weeks ago when I was in San Diego visiting my best friend and her new baby and then with the resulting new haircut yesterday afternoon:
It’s one of the most significant changes to my appearance I’ve ever made and, fortunately, I like it! Yay!
The post I wrote earlier this week on using sweeteners in my diet got the most comments I’ve ever had on my blog (you can read that post here). I knew I was taking a risk by sharing this information because I have a lot of readers who are devoted to Dr. Fuhrman’s program. I will just repeat that I struggled with my decision to make this change, but I feel compelled to experiment and I want to be honest in my thoughts and habits. I had some e-mails from readers expressing true concern that I am only feeding into my need for sugar by using sweeteners. While this is likely true, a side benefit is that I’m re-evaluating some of my habits. For instance, I have a goal for next week to make a savory breakfast instead of a green smoothie. I already have a recipe in mind (using the pressure cooker!) and will blog about it as soon as I try it. Another great suggestion was to reduce the strong-flavored greens in my smoothies so there is less bitterness to mask with dates or sweeteners.
Whether I’m using sweetener or dates in my diet, I realize I’m still fueling the taste for sugar. I’m starting to think that to truly get “off” sugar, I would have to eliminate both and truly, truly commit to only eating fresh fruit and not even any dried fruit at least for a certain time period. I’m not ready to take that step yet but now I know what I would have to do. <—–it will be interesting to see if and when I re-visit this topic.
That being said, I wanted to post this recipe for the no sugar-added version of my chocolate mousse recipe (the version using dates is here). It feels a little funny to post recipes using sweeteners, but I know a lot of you readers DO use them and at least for now, I am too. I promise my next recipe will be ETL-compatible, does that sound like a deal? 🙂
This version of chocolate mousse starts with these ingredients: a 12.3 box of silken tofu, two large avocados, cacao powder (not pictured), vanilla extract and ZSweet (this is a product made primarily of erythritol plus a little stevia according to an e-mail I received from the manufacturer in response to my question):
If you’re curious about the safety of erythritol, I urge you to watch this video.
I used a high-speed blender to make this recipe, but you could probably get away with using a food processor since we aren’t blending dates this time. I didn’t take any progress pics, but here is the resulting mousse. Oh my, it is delicious. The tofu fills out the mousse and makes it not nearly as heavy as the other version I posted. It looks like this:
Here’s the recipe:
Tofu-Based, No Sugar-Added Chocolate Mousse – Makes 6 servings
1 12.3 ounce box of organic, silken tofu (I use Mori-Nu brand)
2 large ripe avocados
6-7 tablespoons ZSweet (found at health food stores or on Vitacost.com)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoon raw cacao powder
cacao nibs for topping (optional)
Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender or a food processor and whirl on high until smooth. Top with cacao nibs for extra crunch.
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See you tomorrow, have a great Friday!