There are different methods of cooking from baking to grilling and frying. You must know that how you cook your food can significantly impact your health. As far as healthy food is concerned, baked recipes come first in the category because essentially, baked foods are low in fat.
Baking cooks food through prolonged dry heat without exposing it to flame. Since baking is done in an enclosed area, there is no heat that will leak outside. This will allow the food to release natural energy/fat. With this, you need a little amount of oil to trigger the cooking process. This is the reason why baked foods are low in fat. Aside from this, baking is also tasty and juicy.
If you are concerned about your diet, you need to pay a closer look at your calories. The good news is you can easily cut excess calories in most american comfort food. Cutting calories can make the difference between gaining weight and not gaining weight over the holidays.
Here are some ways to improve your diet when baking:
Substitute white flour
In popular bakery recipes like muffins, cakes, cookies, brownies, and bread, you traditionally use white flour. To make this healthier, you have to substitute white flour with whole-wheat flour. Keep in mind that a ¼ cup of whole-wheat flour adds 3.5 grams of fiber than the usual ¾ cup of white flour.
The fiber will slow down digestion thereby increasing your sense of fullness. Aside from fiber, the whole-wheat flour also boasts of high phytochemicals, magnesium, and selenium.
Cut the sugar
It is wise to cut the sugar. If you cut the sugar by ¼, the recipe will still work. Remember that for every tablespoon of sugar you cut out, you can save at least 48 calories. When you do the math, cutting ¼ cup of sugar would at least save you 192 calories. If you do not want to cut sugar, you can use a healthier sugar alternative.
Cut the fat
In most baked recipes, you can cut fatty ingredients (like butter, shortening, and margarine) by half. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of margarine or butter, you can reduce it to ½ cup instead. Not to destroy the cake, you need to replace the other ½ cup with moist ingredients like orange juice, yogurt, applesauce, fruit purees and many more.
The trick here is to choose an ingredient that will complement the flavor of the recipe. Every gram of fat will translate to 9 calories. By cutting fat, you will cut lots of calories along the way.
Think of egg substitute
For bakery recipes with eggs, you should consider cutting half with egg substitute. For every large egg that you replace with a ¼ cup of egg substitute, you are shaving at least 45 calories, 5 grams of fat, 213 mg of cholesterol and 1.6 grams of saturated fat.
When you bake, it is important that you pay more attention to your diet or overall health. If you can find healthier alternatives, you should consider that immediately. You can still consider other methods of cooking just as long as you know the proper techniques.