I had never tried tofu until my daughter discovered she had dairy intolerances. These intolerances were causing chaos with her skin. Since then, I have found several different recipes with silken tofu, and this chocolate raspberry mousse is loved by all in my home.
Is tofu good for you?
A great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians
Tofu is an excellent choice for those who have dairy intolerances or wish to avoid dairy. It also can be a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. Tofu is available in a variety of textures from soft to super firm and the difference lies in the water content. Silken tofu and soft tofu can be used interchangeably in dessert recipes.
Soybeans contain all nine essential amino acid
The process of making tofu is similar to cheese making, starting with soybeans that are dried and soaked in water then crushed and boiled. Tofu is nutrient-dense and high in protein. Soybeans are one of the few plant-based protein sources that contain all nine essential amino acids required for the normal function of the body.
Can tofu be eaten raw?
Yes, since the soybeans are already cooked during the production process, it is optional to cook it again. Desserts with silken tofu, such as tofu pudding and silk pies, are often chilled to set instead of cooked.
Is tofu healthy?
While tofu (made from condensed soy milk) is safe for most, you are the expert on your body and it is always best to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.
Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants
I use 82% dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar it contains. When choosing dark chocolate, it is best to look for one with 70% or more cocoa. Chocolate with a higher cocoa percentage provides more health benefits and antioxidants.
This chocolate raspberry mousse recipe with silken tofu requires only 4 simple ingredients
This easy no cook recipe, sweetened with maple syrup, is perfect for a snack or dessert. A dream for food prep, you can make these rich tofu pudding cups in advance and have them ready to go.
Mealtime conversation starters
Small talk makes you happier. These are the brief conversations you have while you wait in line or pass someone on a walk. Small talk is universal, you make it with people you know and people you don’t know. Many people feel these random conversations are no big deal, but these micro talks can help you build healthy relationships with others. You never know when what you had to say to another may be just what they needed to hear.
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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mousse
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- 12 oz silken tofu (300g)
- 4 oz dark chocolate (100g, 70% or higher)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- 6 oz raspberries (170g)
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate curls (for garnish, optional)
- Drain tofu and place on a folded paper towel on a plate for 5 minutes.
- Break chocolate into pieces and melt in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir until melted (microwave times may vary so be careful not to overmelt as the chocolate will harden).
- Place drained tofu into a food processor and top with half of the melted chocolate.
- Blend, stopping to scrape sides with a small spatula.
- Add remaining chocolate, blend and scrape again.
- Pour in the maple syrup and half of the raspberries and blend until aerrated to a fluffy texture.
- Spoon into four dessert dishes and top with remaining raspberries.
- Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings (optional).
- Refrigerate until chilled. Enjoy!
Hand Size Portions
When you look at the nutritional values of a meal to log what you are eating, that is called tracking macros. A lot of people use this method to reach their health goals.
Looking at hand portion size and using this method to gauge how and what you eat is also a great method to help you reach your health goals. Many people who use this method often think this form of tracking meals is easier and more sustainable for a lifetime.
Want to learn more about hand portion size and how to use it to reach your goals? Check out the article How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.
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