A Sweet Holiday Treat That’s Surprisingly Nutritious
By Katherine Villavicencio , Assistant Editor |
Believe it or not, it is possible to replace refined sugar, artificial flavors and overly processed ingredients in your favorite desserts, which only lend empty calories, while still maintaining their delicious taste. Yet without the time or patience to experiment in our own kitchens, we often opt for store bought desserts made with unnatural ingredients and zero nourishment.
But this holiday season, have your cake and a little nutrition too with traditional Brazilian treats by My Brigadeiro sweets. Slow cooked with the health conscious in mind, these handcrafted delights, tasting of soft fudge crossed with decadent chocolate truffle, are made with organic, all natural ingredients and void of preservatives (with the exception of conventional toppings). Flavors range from the traditional, like dark chocolate encrusted with pistachios or milk chocolate covered in toasted almonds, to the exotic, like lime zested chocolate dipped in Brazilian Cachaca (kah-SHAH-sah) liquor or white chocolate infused with sweet guava.
Not seeing the health benefits just yet? Aside from their perfect bite size that’s sure to satisfy any sweet craving, the pistachios provide a variety of different vitamins, minerals and fiber while the dark chocolate is believed to pack natural antioxidants thanks to the cacao beans it’s sourced from. While calling milk chocolate healthy may be a stretch, these almond-rich treats are loaded with vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin B2, calcium and protein, among other health benefits. Guava, a native fruit of Brazil, is also a great source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
Looking for something a bit more festive? Bring an order of 9, 18, or 36 brigadeiros in gingerbread, eggnog or peppermint flavor to your next holiday event. If you don’t see any flavor to your liking, My Brigadeiro sweets also takes personalized orders customized for your unique palate.
While we wouldn’t recommend keeping one whole tray to yourself, taking that extra step towards a healthier you without having to restrict your sweet tooth is as easy as finding the right ingredients, whether it be those certified organic or the simply natural.