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Make Healthier Baked Goods With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

If you're following a balanced diet, you usually do not eliminate any foods. You try to eat things in moderation. In other words, portion control.

However, you also know that baked goods such as cookies and brownies can quickly fill you with empty calories. Believe it or not, there are ways to make baked goods healthier without sacrificing taste. Read on to find out more.

Pureed Pumpkin

You can substitute fats such as butter or oil with pureed pumpkin. If a recipe calls for one cup of oil, you can replace it with one cup of pumpkin. Pureed pumpkin gives you just a little bit of sweetness and lots of moisture, making it the perfect baking ingredient.

Use it in muffins, quick breads, or cookies. Replace half of a recipe's needed butter with pumpkin to reduce your saturated fat while still getting butter's texture and flavor.

Use Quality Butter

Some butter is actually good for you. It contains healthy fat, which helps the body absorb Vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins support hormone production and cell growth. Butter can make baked goods taste delicious. Using a low-fat butter substitute might make the finished product less satiating, potentially causing you to eat more of the product.

Choose a quality butter for baking. Research suggests grass-fed butter may contain less saturated fat and more monounsaturated fats compared to butter made from grain-fed cows.

Add Fruits and Veggies

We might not think fruits and veggies can make baked items taste good. But they can add great flavor and texture in addition to a variety of nutrients. Add carrots or zucchini to quick breads. Bake some delicious muffins with some apples or blueberries. Using natural sweetness from fruit can decrease the sugar in your recipe.

Use Sugar

We know we consume too much added sugar in this country. Sugar can make baked goods taste delicious. Contrary to what you might think, don't replace all of your sugar with ultra-processed sugar substitutes. Instead, use it when the recipe calls for it. You can replace small amounts of needed sugar with fruits and veggies for natural flavor. And enjoy your baked goods in moderation. You can use honey or maple syrup, but your body will digest these just like sugar.

Especially this time of year, it is natural to want to enjoy some baked goods. Forbidding this will only intensify your food craving. And taking away ingredients such as sugar and butter will only leave you feeling disappointed with the end result. Use these tips to enjoy your favorite treat this holiday season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Des Peres, Mo.

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