Eating sweets can make you feel guilty. However, you don’t necessarily have to feel so guilty when you’re craving for something sweet. There is a wide range of desserts that you can find in Japan that’s not so high in calories and can be a healthier alternative. In Japan, you can get not only traditional Japanese sweets but also western style sweets. If you’re one of those health-conscious people, you can always opt for healthier sweets that don’t only lower your blood sugar level but also improve your digestion and mood. Why not try these three healthy Japanese desserts!
Black sesame is considered one of the oldest condiments known to man. It is known for its health benefits such as anti-aging properties, decreasing the risk of cancer, relieving constipation and indigestion, stabilizing blood pressure and providing healthier bones. If you visit Japan, you will most likely come across Black Sesame Ice Cream so, I suggest you give it a try. You can visit ‘Gomaya Kuki’, an ice cream store that is just 4 minutes away from Omotesando station. The shop sells the world’s most luscious sesame ice cream! One scoop of black sesame ice cream costs 500 yen. They also sell white sesame ice cream. If you don’t like ice cream, you can always have a black sesame pudding.
Gomaya Kuki Website*Japanese
‘Kinako’ is another healthy ingredient in Japan. It is also known as ‘roasted soybean flour’. It has high quantities of protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins that are great to add to your healthy balanced diet. It is known as a nutritional powerhouse! You can try ‘Kinako Kakigori’ which is one of the more popular ways to enjoy it. Kakigori (shaved ice) is also a great way to cool down in the heat of the summer. Kinako, together with brown sugar, can be used as a syrup or sauce for the ‘Kakigori’. Everything is just in harmony. There are so many Kakigori specialty shops in Japan. You can visit ‘Kurogi’ restaurant in Tokyo and enjoy their innovative Kakigori selection. Due to Kinako’s nutritional value, it is often sought out by tourists and locals alike. Besides Kakigori, Kinako is also consumed with Mochi (Japanese rice cake), Daifuku (a confection consisting of a small round mochi with sweet filling), Dango (a Japanese sweet dumpling made from rice flour), roll cakes and much, much more.
Tofu is known as a good source of protein. It contains all essential amino acids and is also an excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese, selenium, and phosphorus. You can make many different types of dishes out of Tofu. There’s even a popular dessert called ‘Tofu Pudding’ in Japan. This is also known as ‘Tofu Blancmange’. This is commonly made from honey, gelatin and soy milk. You can make these delightful low-calorie desserts yourself or you can buy them at the supermarket. There are so many tofu varieties that you can find across the country.
Even if you’re on a diet, you can’t go wrong eating these sweets. They are high in fiber, low in calories and are incredibly yummy. If you want to indulge yourself and get a dessert, opt for these healthy choices. They are satisfying desserts that are amazing for your digestive system.
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