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Healthy Baking Hacks

By Sara Butler

Baking is a great way to spend time. It brings people together and it's tasty -- plus baking can be a great stress reliever and everyone could use more of that! The only problem with baking is that the tasty muffins, cakes, and cookies that come out of it aren't exactly known as health foods. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. You can make baking a bit healthier without sacrificing taste. Here are a few healthy baking hacks you should try!

Use Pumpkin

Pureed pumpkin makes a great replacement for fats in foods you may like to bake, such as oil or butter. Plus, it's easy to use as a replacement because the ratio for substitution is one to one. So, if you are making brownies and they call for one cup of vegetable oil, then you can simply use one cup of pureed pumpkin instead.

Pumpkin is great as an ingredient for baking because it adds a bit of sweetness and makes things very moist. You can easily use it in cookies, bread, and muffins. It's an easy way to cut out saturated fat and add a punch of important vitamins and minerals to the foods you bake.

Good Butter

You don't have to totally cut out butter to be healthy, but perhaps be more selective about the butter you do use in your baking. After all, fat is a necessary component in a diet since it helps your body to better absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E. Fat also helps to support proper cell growth and hormone production.

Choose high-quality butter such as grass-fed butter. It actually has been found to have less saturated fat and more monounsaturated fat than other butter. Try halving the amount of butter used in a recipe and going half grass-fed butter and half pumpkin.

Add In Some Fruits and Vegetables

You can add nutrients to anything you bake by throwing in a few fruits and vegetables. Fruits like blueberries, bananas, and apples are easy to add in, providing fiber and vitamins in what you bake. You can easily use vegetables to bake, too, though it may not seem as intuitive. Grated zucchini or carrots are a great addition to the bread you bake and can even be used in some cookies and muffins. The sweetness of fruits and vegetables can also help you to cut sugar out of the things you're baking.

You may be surprised how good these healthy hacks can make your baked treats so give them a try!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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