Low-carb pastries: snacking without sin!

Healthy and light Christmas cookies

Snacking is simply part of Christmas. If you do without it, you rob yourself of the joie de vivre that really characterizes the contemplative time of the year. With the scent of freshly baked cookies, childhood memories are awakened and the first bite ensures pure fulfillment. Gym Aesthetics has tips for your fitness bakery so that it doesn't lead to too much fullness on the scales!



Bake low-carb, enjoy to the max

Baking without flour and sugar is possible! Instead of sugar, you use the sugar substitute xylitol, also called birch sugar. It looks like sugar and tastes like it. The hit: xylitol contains 40 percent fewer calories than conventional sugar.


Xylitol is simply not metabolized by your body. Thus, the carbohydrates in it are not stored in the body and the blood sugar level does not rise either. And now hold on: Birch sugar is good for your teeth! The changeover is also very easy. The recipe information for xylitol can be adopted 1: 1 from sugar thanks to its nature.



Flour: more flavor, less carbohydrates

Flour is the other main actor when baking cookies and therefore plays a decisive role in whether the hip gold is growing rapidly. Therefore, experts recommend switching from commercial wheat flour to nut or almond flour. In this way you get rid of the gluten and a lot of carbohydrates in wheat flour.


Unlike sugar, the flour cannot be exchanged 1: 1. Instead, use half the amount of flour recommended in the recipe. Important: The gluten takes on a kind of glue function during baking and holds the dough together. Since the gluten is now missing, add a little more liquid (water, lemon juice, nut or coconut milk). Better a more fluid than a crumbly dough. Either way: When rolling out, place some cling film or baking paper between the dough and rolling pin so that nothing sticks.



Recipe: low-carb rascals

Ingredients (30 pieces):

- 1 Vanilla pod

- 6 egg yolk

- 240 g Xylitol

- 400 g Almond butter

- 1 Msp. Baking powder

- 200 g Jam (sugar-free) - some powder xylitol

Calories (kcal): 112 Fat: 8g
Protein: 4g Carbohydrates: 11g



Preparation:

  1. Scrape the pulp out of the vanilla pod and mix it with the egg yolk, xylitol, almond butter, and baking powder

  2. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling film and let the dough rest in the refrigerator for half an hour.

  3. Halve the dough. One part goes on your countertop and the rest goes back into the fridge so it stays cold and rollable.

  4. Put the half of the dough between parchment paper and roll it out. Now cut out the dough with rascal or other cookie shapes until nothing is left.

  5. Now lay out the cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 170 degrees top and bottom heat.

  6. Finally, coat the cookies with jam, put them together and sprinkle with powdered xylitol as desired.



Healthy and light Christmas cookies

Pimp up your cookie dough!

If that's too monotonous for you, you can always refine the dough with a few ingredients. Sure, chocolate is sure to come straight to your mind. But then please, bitter chocolate! This chocolate contains the lowest proportion of calories (394 kcal per 100 grams) and is a real health boost for your body. This is due to the high cocoa content of the dark chocolate, which in turn contains large amounts of flavanoids. These bind free radicals in the body, protect the heart and lower blood pressure as well as the risk of a heart attack. In addition, dark chocolate has a very small proportion of cocoa butter, which is 60% fat and is abundant in white chocolate. In combination with the vanilla, which of course curbs the appetite, you enjoy the taste, but not excessively.

Healthy and light Christmas cookies



The three healthy ingredients for your bakery: chilli, ginger and cinnamon

Chili con Schoki: It may be irritating at first, but the combination of chili and chocolate can make your cookies a big hit. In addition to the aforementioned benefits of chocolate for your body, chilli as an ingredient stimulates your metabolism with its spiciness. This boosts energy consumption when you eat. But not only the fat is targeted, as chilli has an antibacterial effect and thus protects against diseases.


Cinnamon curbs the appetite: Whether in cookie dough or in a shake - cinnamon unfolds its effect everywhere. Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar levels and the release of insulin, which means that you feel full longer. In addition, thanks to its antioxidants, cinnamon ensures that you regenerate better from training and counteract inflammatory processes.


Ginger boosts: Ginger contains gingerols, which in turn stimulate your circulation and blood flow. A real boost for your metabolism. In addition, ginger has an antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. This relieves your sore muscles after training and makes you fit against the winter flu!