Thursday, 5 April 2012

Simple Vanilla Mousse

Easter is almost here and I think it is one of my favourite celebrations, helped by spring being my absolute favourite season. I think most people with arthritis are pleased to see the back of winter! The cold makes it hard to stay active or eat healthily with arthritis. Personally, I'd like to hibernate all winter and emerge well-rested into the first days of delicate spring sunlight. Mousses always seem spring like - light, fresh and fluffy they are the culinary equivalent of frolicking lambs or bounding bunnies. Use an electric whisk or kitchen mixer to make this so you don't have to beat egg whites with arthritis, unless you fancy the workout.  You can try putting the fruit at the bottom of the glass and then spooning the mousse over for a impressive looking pudding that will help you get a serving of fruit into your arthritis diet. Or, simply serve it plain.

500g/ 2 cups greek yoghurt (if you need to lose weight, use fat-free or reduced-fat and it will still taste great)
2 egg whites (or equivalent of pasteurised egg white)
6 tablespoons runny honey
1tsp vanilla extract

Serves 4
Stir together the yoghurt, honey and vanilla until well combined.

Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and lightly fold into the yohurt mixture.

Spoon into four glasses and chill for at least 4 hours to let it firm up.

Arthritis diet notes
As puddings go this is positively angelic! It's light, fluffy and rich in protein and calcium. Calcium is important for helping build and maintain healthy bones, you can read more about why people with arthritis need it here.

If you are serving this to children, I'd use full fat yoghurt,as they need the energy. Conversely, if you are trying to lose weight, you can easily use fat-free greek yoghurt. Do make sure to use pasteurised egg whites if you are making this for infants, older people or those on immune-suppressants.

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