Look I know I am guilty of it, and I sure bet you are too… Sometimes you just get over eating healthy and crave something sweet. The great thing however is you don’t need to be unhealthy while doing it. There are plenty of options (available in your local health store right now) to replace unhealthy sugar, with healthy natural sweeteners.
The most common (and best) is Stevia. Stevia is a plant, stevia is natural, and stevia is definitely NOT created in some laboratory. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar without the calories, and also helps regulate blood levels. How awesome is that? Guilty pleasures here we come!
Note: On the other hand, avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague! These are some of the most poisonous substances around. They are linked to cancer, neurological problems, psychiatric side-effects, fatigue, weight gain, and many others. And frankly, they should be banned from our food. Aspartame for example converts into formaldehyde (embalming agent) and formic acid (found in the stings of ants and other insects) when it is digested. But that is a whole other article. Artificial sweeteners include: Aspartame, Equal ™, Sucralose, Splenda (TM), Acesulfame K, Saccharin, and Neotame.
Today I thought I would give you a recipe that will help stop those cravings, be kind to your kidneys, and not give you an unhealthy hit of sugar.
Healthy Baked Rice Pudding – Kidney Disease Recipe
This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. It is simple to make, requires few ingredients, and is often a childhood memory favourite.
Let’s dig in shall we?
Ingredients (serves 4)
• 220g (1cup) short grain rice (such as Arborio rice)
• 500ml water
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 500ml (2 cups) Soy or Rice milk (preferably rice milk)
• 10 drops liquid vanilla stevia extract (to taste) – if using stevia powder, use ½ teaspoon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• 200g mixed fresh or frozen berries
• Pinch ground nutmeg
• Flaked toasted almonds (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
2. Bring to boil water in a large saucepan (3 litre), and then add in rice. Stir rice often to avoid sticking on the base of the pan. Cook rice on a gentle simmer until tender (15-25 minutes).
3. Mix well in a large bowl, the beaten eggs, rice milk, vanilla essence, and stevia. Stir in rice and berries.
4. Pour mixture into a baking dish (e.g. 20x30cm).
5. Place baking dish into the oven and bake for 30 minutes; after 30 minutes stir pudding and add nutmeg and almond flakes. Bake for another 30 minutes.
6. Rest for 5 minutes and then serve.
This dish does take a little while to create (up to 90 minutes); however 60 minutes of this is just oven time. So put it on as you are preparing dinner and then set and forget!
I really hope you find this an enjoyable dessert option, as sometimes changing your diet can be… well, let’s just say, a challenge.
Keep up the good work with your kidney diet and you will sure see improvements in your health and kidney function.
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To Your Endless Health,