An afternoon tea or coffee break is mandatory in the Covid-19 era to maintain sanity. It sure provides me a good break from my computer and cell phone. I grew up drinking hot tea and I make my tea without any added sugar so any sweet snack pairs up well the tea. I made a batch up of these cookies for my afternoon breaks. It is a healthier makeover of the traditional Nan-khatai Indian cookie.
Bring butter stick to the room temperature. Whip butter and sugar together until creamy and fluffy. I used a hand egg beater. Mix all the dry ingredients except (1Tablespoon of almond and pistachios) then make a dough. Put the dough in the refrigerator.
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, crush one tablespoon of almonds and pistachio each in mortar and pestle and keep it aside for the garnish.
When the oven is heated to 350, take out the cookie dough from the fridge. Divide the dough into 18 small balls. Make small round balls, then put some almond and pistachio mixture in the middle and press gently with thumb for the middle mixture to stick in the dough ball. Don’t press too hard because the cookies are going to spread flat during baking. Put all the balls in a lightly buttered tray. I usually use the same butter wrapper to grease my tray:-) Place all the butter balls in the tray, leaving some space in between because they are going to spread. Sprinkle the rest of the nut mixture (if there is any left) on them evenly and bake for about 20 minutes. Take out the tray carefully with mittens on, cool a little, then enjoy as an afternoon snack with your favorite tea or coffee and eat with confidence!
Food Rating, Nutrition Profile, and Therapeutics
This food seems to have these good healthy qualities:
- Moderate in calories per serving
- A healthy balance of total fat, sodium, and carbohydrates (12 gram = 1 carb exchange for diabetics) per serving
- Contain zero trans fats.
- No artificial flavor, colors or food additives
However, this food is rated as a red dot food in our food rating system (Food Coach) due to it seems to have the following unhealthy qualities that may have negative health effects if consumed unconsciously!
- High in saturated fat
- Low in fiber
- High in added sugars
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendations:
In general speaking, there is no one perfect food. It’s all about finding the right balance. So while this cookie is a red dot food, it pairs well with the no sugar tea or coffee. Finding a balance is essential to enjoying your food and be in a good mood:-)
However, be aware of that diet high in saturated fats tend to increase cholesterol levels in your body that can form the fatty acids in arteries and can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in added sugars can lead to health problems such as weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Similarly, a high fiber diet is important for keeping the digestive system healthy and also managing blood sugars and maintaining a healthy weight. But there is always some room for some discretionary calories (100-200 cal/day) so go ahead and enjoy a cookie in moderation if that makes your day a little better.
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