Pistachio Halva — sweet treat

Calories: 212kcal

Macros: 6g Protein, 21g Carb & 13g Fat

When/Why:

I don’t know about you, but an evening meal is not wrapped up without the dopamine hit of indulging in a sweet treat of some nature. It makes being good all day worth it, bring a little ray of sunshine in the evening and if you budget for it in your calories, it’s all good. Halva is a simple Mediterranean and Middle East dessert – made of tahini (pulverised sesame seeds) and sugar, typically with pistachio or one other ingredient such as chocolate. Remember, carbs are not bad. Whilst refined sugar calorie dense and shouldn’t make up a big part of your diet, a small simple slice of halva ticks all the boxes for a light well-done reward after a long day.

What

Pistachio Halva – 40g Slice – available in most large supermarkets or ethnic shops. Like hummus and other Mediterranean cuisine, the popularity is rising, resulting in pop-up Halva shops.

Benefits

Sesame seeds have a high source of cholesterol-lowering phytosterols and is a good source of iron, magnesium and fiber. Having cane sugar is better than artificial sweeteners, and in controlled moderation with fruits and and the odd dessert is absolutely fine, assuming you’ve allowed for it in your daily calorie budget. Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than most other nuts, plus they taste pretty good with something sweet!

 

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