Americans are now more conscious about their health and diet. A study done in the U.S. in December 2021 found that 62 percent of adults give more importance to their health now than in pre-pandemic times. More than 40 percent are seeking customized diets based on their needs.
Even people looking for ways to eat healthier surely do not want to give up the delicious taste of food. One way to do this is by whipping your food. Whipping makes your food lighter and helps you cut down on fat and calories while enjoying a great-tasting meal. This article will show you how to do this.
What is a Cream Charger?
A cream charger is a small canister of nitrous oxide gas. It is traditionally used with a whipped cream dispenser to make whipped cream that everyone loves. It forces air into the cream to create a fluffy, light texture. The more air you add, the more delicate and fluffier the cream. You can also aerate any creamy food or sauce with the same effect.
What Are the Benefits of Whipping?
Whipping your food has several benefits. First, it helps you cut down on fat and calories. The food doubles in volume, so you take in half as much.
Second, it gives your food a delicious light and airy texture. Compare eating whole cream to whipped cream.
Third, making your food lighter makes it easier to digest. So, all in all, your food becomes more healthy and delicious.
A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science found that people ate less food when it was highly aerated and felt satiated. It confirmed the findings of earlier studies done in 2000 and 2007.
How Do You Whip Food?
You need a whipped cream dispenser and a cream charger to whip food. Sometimes you can buy a dispenser that does not include chargers. That means you have to purchase chargers separately.
Follow the instructions in your particular whipped cream dispenser. Generally, You must fill up the food container only halfway. Remember to leave room for it to expand.
Once you go through the process as instructed, you can dispense perfectly aerated food.
Food You Can Make Using a Cream Charger
Here are some dishes you can transform by using a cream charger.
Your omelets will also come out fluffier when you whip the seasoned eggs before cooking. Fold in some chopped vegies and mushrooms and you have a healthy breakfast.
By whipping your pancake batter, you double the volume. That means each pancake you make out of the batter looks the same but is fluffier and contains half the fat and calories. Top it with sliced fruit and you have a guilt-free pleasure.
Belgian waffles are thick and heavy. When you whip the batter before cooking, what you get is a much lighter waffle that is crispy on the outside and fluffy. Once you’ve tasted this, you’ll never be satisfied with the traditional version.
Do you want a healthier alternative to whipped cream that is just as delicious? Try whipping yogurt. You can do this to plain or flavored yogurt. It makes a great topping for your fluffy pancakes and everything else you use whipped cream on.
Dark Chocolate Dip
Thick chocolate dip is usually paired with fruits like strawberries, bananas, and more. You can make your dip healthier by using dark chocolate and whipping it. You can whip it with yogurt if you want to make it less dark. It will still come out healthier. It’s like dipping your fruit into a mousse.
Churros are perfect partners for chocolate dip. Churros are usually oily and heavy, though, because they are fried. You can make them healthier by whipping the batter and then baking them. Because they are lighter and fluffier they can crisp up in the oven.
Your herbed butter can be healthier if you whip it. Make it extra healthy by using half the butter and replacing the other half with extra virgin olive oil. Add in all your favorite herbs and some salt and pepper. Add some raw garlic if you want. The resulting spread is something you’ll want to serve to your most discerning guests.
Most salad dressings are oil-based. If you use extra-virgin olive oil they are already healthy. They can still feel heavy, though. If you whip the dressing, your salads come out lighter on the palate and more refreshing.
Healthier Fruit Juice Soda
Commercial soda contains too much sugar. Others have no sugar but contain too many chemicals. You can get the same carbonated satisfaction by aerating fresh fruit juice.
Experiment with Your Recipes
Now that you know how to whip food, it’s time to experiment with your recipes. See how they turn out when you add some air to them. You might be surprised at the delicious and healthy results. So get whipping!