When we think of healthy eating, losing weight and getting back into shape we automatically assume that we will endure a tough couple of months of hardly eating and excessively working out. However, nice and easy wins the race. And just because you’re watching what you eat, doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Simply substitute certain ingredients to make them healthier.
My top tips below for healthy baking will help you cave into your cravings, but healthier. However, I can’t stress enough that baking and cooking at home (versus eating out) is better for you. You have control over what you put in your body and can easily substitute fatty ingredients for healthier options.
Top Tip 1 – Portions
Portion control is extremely important when you are considering healthy baking. You can’t tell your body that you can’t have something because it’s only going to make the crave more powerful and you’re more than likely going to indulge even more. The best thing is to reduce the amount you consume and that way your body is receiving what it wants, but your fat intake is less. If you like cupcakes, cut the ingredient weight by half.
Top Tip 2 – Specialist cookbooks
There are lots of reduced fat and low calorie cookbooks that are filled with healthy options that look appetizing. You don’t have to keep to salads and non-carbohydrate meals, as long as it’s balanced and your body is receiving all the nutrients needed to function and your fat intake is lower, you’re sure to keep your weight gain under control.
Top Tip 3 – Substitutes
A great substitute to use when cooking with butter is applesauce. Healthy baking doesn’t have to be rocket science. If you see a recipe that you want to try out and it requires half a cup of butter, reduce the butter by half and substitute the rest with applesauce. Another good substitute is plain yogurt. Did you know that if you substitute half of the butter needed with applesauce you can save yourself 400 calories?
Top Tip 4 – You can still eat chocolate
Chocolate is well known to release the happy hormone, which is why it is addictive. There is no need to cut out chocolate entirely when cooking. A healthier option is to cut half the amount of chocolate required and add a fruit puree instead. This way you can still receive all the flavor you want out of a baked good, but with less calories.
Top Tip 5 – Nuts
We all love a good frosting on a cake, but that can mean adding a few inches on our waists. If you sprinkle nuts (a small amount, a handful should be plentiful) on the top of the cake before baking, the nuts will roast and will release a lot of nutrients and flavor that will have you thinking why you ever frosted.
By being more consciously aware of what you are putting in your baking recipes the more you will enjoy your diet as you will continue to eat what you want. Using these simple healthy baking tips will be sure to help you maintain a healthy body (inside and out).
About the Author: Top five tips to healthy baking has been written by Kate Southgate, owner of http://www.littlemisschaterbox.co.uk.