For the love of chocolate: Waist-watcher’s molten chocolate cake. Valentine’s special.

Re-blogging one of my posts in honor of Valentine’s day-chocoholics can rejoice knowing that polyphenols, powerful antioxidants in dark chocolate have been linked with improved cognitive function, among other health benefits- so you can eat your chocolate and have it too!!!

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For the love of chocolate! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I have had visions of chocolate laden desserts dancing in my head for several days now. Yes, I may be a dietitian, but that does not make me immune to the allure of chocolate, especially the molten variety such as a chocolate sauce or ganache. There is something about the rich, silken, texture of chocolate that makes it irresistible, but such desserts are inevitably as rich in calories as they are in appearance, so the Registered Dietitian in me has been hard at work creating a dessert that simply looks decadent, but is not! The featured recipe has less than half the butter, and two-thirds of the sugar in the original recipe, but tastes just as sinfully delicious. Warning: The batter may get consumed before it makes its way into the oven!

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Molten chocolate cake with raspberries. © Copyright, February 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD…

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Carrot-lentil soup with fresh, ginger-root. Gluten-free, vegan.

As winter grips part of the nation with its icy fingers, nothing spells cozy comfort as much as a steaming, hot bowl of soup to combat the cold, and this carrot-lentil soup does not disappoint! The tantalizing aroma of fresh ginger and carrots will have your family begging for seconds so make sure you have enough to feed your clan! With beta carotene from carrots, antioxidants from turmeric and ginger, a ton of protein, fiber and potassium from the wholesome lentils, this hearty (fusion), soup is as nutritious as it is scrumptious! Served with crusty whole grain bread, this soup would make a deliciously complete meal! So go ahead and slurp it up!

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Simply savory, roasted vegetables with thyme! Gluten-free, vegan.

Brimming with antioxidant-rich veggies, this makes a quick-fix side dish for busy week nights. © Copyright, 2015-2018, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

 

An antioxidant splash with crunchy veggies: Hey guys-it is that time of the year again! The pleasant nip in the air from early fall has turned into the unmistakable and inevitable, bite and bone chilling cold of winter. It is also that time of the year that leaves many no time to even catch their breath, between all the frantic shopping, holiday decorating, holiday baking and …need I say more? I don’t know about you, but at such a time I look for every trick in the book to get dinner on the table faster than you can say, “Merry Christmas”. Well, not that fast, but fast enough..so if you are looking for short cut, but nutritious recipes (a tall order sometimes), this recipe will fit the bill. A medley of antioxidant packed veggies are tossed with olive oil, thyme and sherry or balsamic vinegar to create a super-quick, crunchy, eye-appealing and heart-warming, week night side dish that will have your family grabbing these straight out of the pan! Be sure to read my Registered Dietitian’s tip about why we want to load up on antioxidants.

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