Mmmmm, mochi. A Japanese food that consists of sweet, sticky rice with plenty of fiber and nutrients. You can eat it for breakfast or as a dessert. It comes as a hard block that you cut up into small pieces and put in a saucepan on low heat and it puffs up into little pastries. Drizzle some maple syrup over the pieces and there you have a delicious low glycemic meal. I buy mocha at specialty health food stores like the Great Pumpkin market in West Chester but I'm sure Whole Food has it too. I first learned of this food after reading The Kind Diet. It will satisfy your sweet tooth especially if you are on a cleanse. However, if you are on a cleanse, only drizzle brown rice syrup over the mocha, maple syrup may have too much of an impact on your blood sugar. It doesn't look like much (I could have taken a better photo) but they look like tiny puffed pastries when they are done. Cook them SLOWLY, flipping them over and don't let them touch one another or they will stick to each other. Enjoy!
*A note about sweeteners. I love sugar. I'm trying to be a better vegan by not going for vegan baked goods because they are still loaded with sugar like non-vegan baked goods. I try to experiment with different sugars and I try to use low glycemic ones. Some healthier sweeteners include organic maple syrup, organic agave nectar, brown rice syrup, maple sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar (the last two I have not tried yet). So try to avoid white sugar, confectioner sugar, brown sugar, even raw sugar is not the best for you but it will do when faced with white sugar as an alternative.*To learn more about Alicia Silverstone and her work advocating for animals, the environment and a vegan lifestyle, please visit www.thekindlife.com or buy her book The Kind Diet