It's simple to make with only four ingredients besides water. Another good thing about these ingredients is that since they aren't perishable, I always have them on hand. All the tools you need are a bowl, a measuring cup, and measuring spoons, a stove, and a freezer.
The only problem with this snack or dessert is that it doesn't give me instant gratification, since it has to set for an hour. But I consider that a small price to pay for something tasty and filling that won't attack my waist or my blood glucose level.
Most of us know my favorite dessert in a related, high-calorie form. And some of us think of it as a cheap substitute for a real dessert.
In the form of Jell-O, that's true. And my favorite dessert is certainly inexpensive, but tasty enough for my taste buds, which haven't touched Jell-O for years.
I'm talking about the generic form, gelatin. I start with a 7 gram packet of unflavored gelatin that the local Kroger chain sells in a box of 32 envelopes. All of the gelatin's calories come from protein.
I add the contents of the packet to 4 ounces of cold water and then add 4 packets of SweetLeaf Stevia from Wisdom Brands. This non-caloric sweetener recently won GRAS (generally recognized as safe) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Then in goes 1/8 teaspoon or a bit more of salt.
Meanwhile, I boil 8 ounces of water and add it to the gelatin along with 1/2 teaspoon or a bit more TrueLemon. Then I put it in my freezer for 55 minutes to an hour, when it's ready to enjoy.
Vegetarians might want to use something besides gelatin, which is a protein derived from collagen. Alternatives are agar, seaweed, carrageenan, and konjac.
What are your favorite low-calorie and low-carb snacks and desserts?