20 Forgotten Reasons Why Baking For the Home Is A Healthy Choice
When it comes to baking healthy cookies, breads, cakes or muffins, there is always dissension among the ranks. The good news is that there are many recipes begging for an “Extreme Healthy Makover” everyone will try them and want more.
Healthy baking is often tricky as most of us do not want to spend time planning and preparing cookies, bread, cakes, muffins that our families refuse to eat because they are different. At the same time, we want our families to be healthy, so we feel compelled to learn new and improved ways of baking healthy foods for our family to enjoy.
With obesity being a culprit in so many health conditions it is impossible to ignore the importance eating healthy. Don’t stop baking because you are uncertain of its health benefits.
20 uncommon reasons why Home Baking is a healthier choice.
Home Baking can be healthy for so many reasons.
1. You can bake preservative and additive free
2. You know what you are eating
3. You know what you are feeding your family
4. You know it’s fresh
5. Save money
6. Save time
7. You can “makeover” recipes to increase fiber or reduce sugar and fat
8. It’s nourishing and good for you
9. People love home baked food
10. There is nothing sweeter than the smell of baking in the house
12. You can sell what you bake, become your own baking business boss
13. You can give your baking away and, this is good for your mental health
14 It’s creative and fun to share with family and friends
15. Baking is fun to connect with your children
16. You can teach math and reading while you are baking with children
17. You can bake for special diets such as gluten and egg free
18. Baking is good for your mental health, there is substantial evidence for this
19. There are no chemicals added such as:
- Raising agents (disodium diphosphate, calcium carbonate)
- Glycerol (a humectant to keep cake moist longer)
- Emulsifiers (acacia gum, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids)
- Acidity regulators (sodium citrates, citric acid)
- Flavourings, usually synthetic
- Colouring (anthocyanins)
- Preservative (potassium sorbate)
- Stabilisers (xanthan gum, tragacanth)
20. You can choose the freshest and even organic ingredients available.
21. You can control the portion size more easily.
For those that are hoping to incorporate healthy baking habits into their daily routines, there are no more resources available than ever before to assist you in those endeavors.
You can seek the information here at BakingForTheHome.com where all information is prepared and recipes checked by a Dietitian with diabetes education qualifications and a Masters of Nutrition.
If you truly love to Bake, then there is no shortage of recipes that you can try out along the way. The really good news is that you can incorporate healthy baking into your baking routine whether you are Baking for one or ten.
Save time and money by batch baking and freezing. Perfect for cooking for a crowd, for ready to eat snacks and school lunches, for the holiday season and vacations.
EXTREME MAKE OVER – STICKY BAKED PUDDING
(Source: Australian Healthy Food Guide)
1.5 cups chopped dates
1.5 cups water
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp baking soda
90g lite butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1.5 cup Self Raising Flour ( or All Purpose Flour with 1/3 tsp baking powder, note omit the baking soda if using this flour)
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
Boil dates in water for 5 mins, take off the boil and add the vanilla essence and the baking soda see note above) and allow to cool.
Beat together low fat spread and sugar until pale and creamy, add eggs and stir in the cooled mixture.
Fold in flour and spoon into prepared muffin tins.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, serve immediately with icecream and diet caramel topping, microwave or freeze for later
There are many that will argue that healthy baking food costs more than prepackaged foods that pack on the calories and additives. The truth of the matter is that when you compare the costs with the medical bills of the future for failing to do so, they seem rather slight by comparison. Yes, good food can cost more money. For baking though home-baked cake and cookies are usually much cheaper.
Portion control and eating for one and not several more is more easily achieved with home baking. With the proper portions, you just may discover that you are spending less as you adjust to the proper amounts of food you should be consuming to maintain a healthy weight.
Baking healthy isn’t an overnight change; it is a lifestyle change that should be implemented one step at a time.