Becky Agard, MS, RDN
Becky earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Center College in Danville, KS and the Coordinated Master's Program in Dietetics at Colorado State University. As a Registered Dietitian, Becky enjoys teaching nutrition classes and working with patients one-on-one to help people discover healthy choices that work for them.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love is in the air, and although Valentine’s Day might not be everyone’s favorite holiday, I’ve come embrace it as a way to celebrate all the things I love – my family, my friends, myself, and the planet!
Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to show yourself and the planet some love. Research has shown that a plant-based diet can help with weight loss, and lower your risk for developing heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cognitive decline. People who follow a plant-based diet also have smaller environmental footprints. By eating more plant foods and less animal foods, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and land used for factory farming, which are all factors in climate change.
With that in mind, here’s a super-easy, super-delicious plant-based dessert. So easy, I made it in my college dorm room for my first Valentine’s day with my partner. So delicious, he gobbled it up and then said, “I can’t believe that was tofu.” This dessert will surely be a hit, however you decide to celebrate. So enjoy and have a happy Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Palentine’s or even Meowentine’s Day!!
· 1 package silken tofu
· ½ cup chocolate chips
· 2 tablespoons liqueur of your choice or 1 teaspoon flavor extract (vanilla, almond, etc.)
· 1 cup crushed cookies
· Optional toppings: fruit, sprinkles, nuts, etc.
1. Puree the tofu in a food processor or blender until silky smooth.
2. Melt the chocolate chips on the stove using a double broiler or in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
3. Add the melted chocolate and liqueur to the blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
4. Scoop a layer of the mousse into a small glass or martini glass. Top with a layer of cookie crumbles. Continue to alternate layers until the glass is full.
5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to let it thicken up.
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