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Ready, set, bake! It is crunch time for baking all of those delectable holiday desserts. But, you may find that you’re eating them up faster than you can cook them, adding on some extra holiday pounds.
It is acceptable to indulge a bit this time of year, but what if you could go for some “healthy indulgences” by implementing healthy ingredients. Yes, it is possible to convert some of your favorite recipes into one that is both lower in calories, but also measures high in taste.
The trick is to replace sugars, unhealthy fats, non-nutritious white flour and milk chocolate for ingredients that are lower in saturated fat and calories.
Let’s take sugar for instance. You can replace granulated sugar with the natural sweetener stevia which is made from the stevia plant.
The good news is that it is extra sweet, so you do not need as much of it as you would sugar. Stevia has some other health benefits, which can especially help diabetics. It is low on the glycemic index. Health experts also claim that it helps to balance the pancreas.
Another “sweet option” is agave which is cactus nectar. I use this quite a bit. It is also low on the glycemic index and a little bit goes a long way, just like stevia. I add it to cakes and pies all of the time and no one even notices the difference in taste.
Go back to the 70’s in the kitchen with “avocado green” and I am not talking about the color of your appliances. Cut the fat and substitute half or more of the fat in your recipe with mashed avocado.
This will make your Christmas concoctions lower in calories with the tempting moist and gooey desired texture for most dessert connoisseurs. Avocados are good for your heart, containing healthy monosaturated fat.
Unsweetened applesauce and tahini are also great alternatives to oil and butter.
I love to substitute almond meal for white flour in my recipes. This is a great way to make any baked good delicious and nutritious, especially for those who are sensitive to wheat or who cannot tolerate gluten.
I love chocolate and who doesn’t? I stay away from milk chocolate though, opting for the beneficial extra dark baking chocolate.