"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Holiday Baking Gone Healthy!

Lately, the boys have been complaining that their "lunches" don't have treats in them like the other kids in their class. I decided to try baking to remedy this problem. I AM NOT A BAKER...however I have to say I am having fun trying to be a baker.

Here are some baking tips I have come across from my favorite experts/websites that make me feel better about the kid's new lunch treats.

1. Substitute cocoa chips for when recipes call for milk chocolate chips. Check out the health benefits of cocoa chips:

Benefits of Cocoa
"Loaded with antioxidants, cocoa can slow the aging process and fight disease. Studies suggest that it may help maintain healthy blood pressure levels, improve blood flow, and keep your heart healthy. The flavonoids in cocoacan even help promote healthy heart function. Cocoa also contains a natural compound called phenyl ethylamine, known to promote happiness and relaxation."

2. Add chia seeds, ground flax seed or wheat germ to the recipe for additional health benefits.

3. Add fruit and vegetable purees.

4. Instead of canola oil use healthier oils like olive oil or grape seed oil.

5. Substitute whole wheat flour for white flour. Only use 3/4 cup of whole wheat to 1 cup of white flour. If using white flour, choose unbleached.

6. Choose aluminum free baking powder.

7. Add nuts for a protein punch.

8. Use honey and maple syrup instead of artificial sweeteners.

9. Avoid food coloring and artificial ingredients.

10. Check out nourishmd.com for healthy baking recipes.

Freeze your little goodies and stock up your freezer with some tasty treats. Ohh and please send your favorite baking recipes over to me! :)


Carly said...

Danielle, I recently discovered "LARA BARS" and was kinda excited that they appear to be a "treat" (like a granola bar/brownie type thing) to kids, but they are so simple and healthy. I buy the mini-bars in the variety pack at Target (kinda expensive - 9.99 for 12) which has the flavors apple pie, cherry pie, and cashew cookie, but the only ingredients are dates, unsweetened fruits, and nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts). NOTHING else. Check them out here.. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Learning As I Go Blog said...

Oh yay....I haven't tried these but Kelly S., If you are reading this....will you send your recipe? I am pretty sure my cousin Kelly (the nutritionist) makes these for her kids. I wonder how hard they are to make...maybe it would save a few bucks too. Thanks Carly!!!

Carly said...

I know - when I read the ingredients I'm always embarrassed that I actually BUY them and don't make them. They seem so simple. I'd love a recipe... and the time to try the recipe! :)