The saying that ‘old is gold’ may never make sense to you until you try out cookies baked by an elderly; talk of experience. Additionally, there is no better way to start your day than with a cup of hot coffee and fresh-baked bread done by granny. If baking is your hobby, it becomes a daunting task to enjoy your favorite treats while staying healthy.
If you are watching your weight or diet in general, then baked goods can be your major temptation. Cutting back on baking means your grandchildren will have to miss out on your delicious treats. What if you could still bake as long as you lighten up on your recipe? This post will enlighten you on the healthier alternatives you can adapt to as an elderly who loves to bake.
As an elderly, you need to watch your starch and sugar level. Does this mean no more fluffy bread in the morning? You can still enjoy your fresh baked bread and butter after swapping a few ingredients. In this case, you can use a portion of whole-wheat flour instead of the usual white flour. This doesn’t mean that you should swap the entire flour unless you want your bread to taste gritty.
Consider adding half white flour and half whole grain flour for a tasty bread full of fiber and nutrients. You can be creative with your bread by adding rye flour for a different variation. When using whole grain flour, note that this flour is denser and absorbs more than white flour. As a result, you may need to reduce the flour or add more liquid. Consider a dab of olive oil or a no-sugar-added fruit preserves to top up your bread to maintain a healthy bread.
Healthier Cookies and Cakes
Is it possible to have a healthy cake or cookies? It is known that a good recipe for the perfect cake must have loads of sugar, refined flour, and butter. After all, cookies and cakes must be devilishly delicious. It is also true that cookies and cakes are filled with empty calories and may only offer a few nutritional benefits.
So does this mean that your stay in a world-class independent-living facility will be meaningless without these treats? No, it won’t. You can use a recipe that swaps empty-calorie ingredients for nutritious alternatives like fruits, nuts, and whole grains. You can still add flavor to your cakes or cookies with recipes that use canned pumpkin, mashed bananas, or rolled oats as a primary ingredient. This is also a way of adding fiber to your diet, regulating glucose levels in the blood.
Tasty pies are easy to come by, and any elderly can bake them. You can add cherries, blueberries, apples, and peaches for a delicious bite. Seniors should also consider a recipe with vegetable oil instead of butter or lard to keep off the recipe’s saturated fat. You can leave the top crust off your pie to cut calories instead of dressing it up with a scoop of vanilla yogurt or a garnish of cinnamon.