KETO TOFU CHOCOLATE-PB CHEESECAKE (HEART HEALTHY)
Keto Tofu Chocolate-PB Cheesecake. Why? Because there’s no cheese in it! It’s made with tofu. Are you wincing at the thought? It’s okay. I did too, But this cheesecake is just as delicious without the excess saturated fat. If you like it, you can eat more, knowing it’s healthy.
At first the idea of eating tofu was less than exciting. What is there to get excited about? Tofu is a tasteless, white mass without aromatics. I decided to stick to the plan and see what dishes I could prepare using this mass of tastelessness. I’ve discovered that tofu used to have an unfavorable rap. Many believed that eating tofu could cause some forms of cancer, such as breast cancer. But this perspective has changed. According to author Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyle website, moderate tofu consumption is healthy.
She states, “It was once thought that soy foods increase breast cancer risk. However, eating a moderate amount of soy foods does not increase the risk of breast cancer — or other types of cancer. Moderate amounts are one to two servings a day of whole-soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk and edamame.”
I have no intention of eating that much tofu every day. But I will now enjoy this ingredient in certain dishes occasionally. (I also eat canned tuna and farm-raised Atlantic salmon occasionally).
According to an article called Tofu Consumption Linked With Decreased Risk of Heart Disease on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website, it states.
“Eating tofu and other soy-based foods with high isoflavone levels may lower heart disease risk, according to an updated study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In fact, tofu may lower heart disease risk by 18%.”
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO TOFU CHOCOLATE-PB CHEESECAKE?
The primary ingredient in this Keto Tofu Chocolate-PB Cheesecake is tofu. Tofu is also known as bean curd, is a popular plant-based protein source that has been a staple in Asian cuisine for centuries. Tofu is made from soybeans and is rich in essential nutrients while being low in calories.
One serving of tofu, which is about 100 grams, contains approximately 70-100 calories, depending on the type of tofu. Tofu is also an excellent source of protein, with an average of 7-10 grams per serving. It is also rich in iron, calcium, and magnesium. In addition to being a good source of essential nutrients, tofu is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy food choice. Tofu is also a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to smoothies. Consequently, tofu is a nutritious and delicious food that can be an excellent addition to a healthy and balanced diet.
HOW DOES TOFU COMPARE TO CREAM CHEESE IN NUTRITION?
When it comes to nutrition, tofu and cream cheese have some similarities, but also some key differences. Both are sources of protein and fat, but tofu is a plant-based protein while cream cheese is an animal-based protein. In terms of protein, tofu has a higher protein content than cream cheese. A 3.5 ounce serving of tofu typically contains around 8 grams of protein, while the same amount of cream cheese has only about 2.5 grams of protein. On the other hand, cream cheese is higher in fat than tofu. A 3.5 ounce serving of cream cheese contains around 34 grams of fat, while the same amount of tofu has only around 4 grams of fat. When it comes to other nutrients, tofu is a good source of calcium, iron, and magnesium, while cream cheese is not a significant source of these nutrients. However, cream cheese is typically higher in vitamin A and vitamin B12 than tofu. Overall, both tofu and cream cheese can be part of a healthy diet, but tofu may be a better choice for those looking for a high-protein, low-fat option, while cream cheese may be a better choice for those looking for a source of vitamin A and vitamin B12.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TOFU?
This Keto Tofu Chocolate-PB Cheesecake uses firm tofu. But there are different types. Tofu is a popular ingredient in many cuisines around the world, especially in Asian cuisine. There are several different types of tofu that you can find in the market. Here are some of the most common types of tofu:
- Regular tofu: This is the most common type of tofu, and it has a soft, custard-like texture. It is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curds into blocks.
- Firm tofu: This type of tofu has a firmer texture than regular tofu, and it holds its shape better when cooked. It is made in the same way as regular tofu, but it is pressed for a longer period of time to remove more of the water.
- Extra-firm tofu: This tofu is even firmer than firm tofu, and it is great for grilling, frying, or stir-frying. It is made by pressing the curds for an even longer period of time.
- Silken tofu: This type of tofu has a very soft, silky texture, almost like a custard. It is made by coagulating soy milk with a different method than regular or firm tofu. It is great for use in soups, smoothies, and desserts.
- Flavored tofu: Some tofu is flavored with herbs, spices, or other ingredients to add more flavor to the dish. You can find tofu that is smoked, marinated, or seasoned with different spices.
Needless to say, tofu is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, and the different types of tofu offer different textures and flavors to suit your needs. This Japanese delicacy is an excellent substitute for animal meat, dairy cream, cream cheese, ricotta, mascarpone, cottage cheese, avocado, and more.
WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB DESSERT RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
OMG, the Ninja NC301 CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is the BEST appliance I’ve bought for myself to support my Keto diet. I stand behind this product 100%. I eat healthy high protein, sugar-free ice cream every night. I experiment with different ingredient combinations all the time. I purchased 5 additional containers so that I can make a week’s worth of ice cream at one time. I’ve made ice cream with cottage cheese and almond milk with protein powder; tofu with almond milk and protein powder; fat-free plain yogurt with almond milk and sugar-free jello and more! The machine shaves frozen pints perfectly with its one-touch programs.. You can prepare ice cream, sorbet, gelato, milkshake, smoothie bowl, lite ice cream and more. Prep your base, freeze overnight, process, and enjoy!
Sometimes it takes more than one spin to get your desired texture. Select the re-spin function if, after processing, you want your processed treat softer and creamier. This unit is ONLY compatible with the Ninja CREAMi NC299 and NC300 pint accessories. It will NOT fit the NC100, NC200 or NC500 Series pints.
With the Ninja Creami you can enjoy healthy treats that taste just as good as regular ice cream loaded in bad saturated fat, sugar, and preservatives.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN THIS KETO TOFU CHOCOLATE-PB CHEESECAKE?
I decided to create a cheesecake using firm tofu and other heart healthy ingredients, such as:
- peanut butter (One of the main fats in peanut butter is oleic acid. Oleic acid helps maintain good cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure)
- eggs(1 to 2 per day)
- avocado (1 per week) can cut the risk of coronary heart disease by 21 per cent
- unsweetened cocoa (contains polyphenols, antioxidants that improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk. Cocoa powder is rich in theobromine, which reduces inflammation and protects you from diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes).
- natural sweetener (Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that may lower both your blood pressure and blood sugar levels)
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO TOFU CHOCOLATE-PB CHEESECAKE?
While this Keto Tofu Chocolate-PB Cheesecake is not overly sweet, it does have sweetness as its main taste sensation, along with some tanginess from the raspberries if you choose to add this topping. Classically you might serve a dessert wine with this dessert, such as Framboise or Tawny Port. Yummy but loaded with sugar. You have a couple of wine options…
- Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the wine to dish. Enjoy your wine the way you like it.
- If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to match the sweetness in this dessert. Add a pinch of stevia or monk fruit sweetener to your glass of wine. Choose a white like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet. So they taste great with the added sweetener. The wine’s sweetness will nicely complement the dessert.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE A KETO TOFU CHOCOLATE-PB CHEESECAKE?
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare the tofu by wrapping the tofu block in a dish towel. Then place a heavy object on top, such as a sheet pan, cast-iron skillet, heavy frying pan, or a combination of those to weigh down the tofu and press out the excess water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Pat dry the tofu.