The health food market has grown a lot in recent years and there’s now more healthy food on the shelves than ever before. This is great news for those trying to lead a more balanced lifestyle. If you want to start eating more healthily but you’re worried that you might have to cut out your favourite snacks, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few changes you can make to your cookie recipe that will help keep you fit and healthy.
If you’re one of the billions of people who love chocolate in their cookies then the idea of taking it out may seem ludicrous, and we understand how you feel. But there are a few alternatives that can make your cookies healthier, while still satisfying your sweet tooth.
If you enjoy a touch of sweetness then try swapping out chocolate chips for some kind of fruit. There are plenty of different options to choose from so try experimenting with different fruits until you find one you like. Diced strawberries, cherries, banana chunks or raisins are all great tasting alternatives to chocolate. If you don’t want to ditch the chocolate then using brands with a higher cocoa content is a much healthier way to go. Cut them out into fun shapes to reflect their new content using our fun food themed cookie cutters.
Trying to cut the amount of fat in your recipe is a great way to make healthier cookies. Butter is the main culprit when it comes to your cookie’s fat content, so try reducing the amount you use. Also try using healthier alternatives such as low-fat peanut butter or almond butter. Mashed banana and other fruit purees also make healthier and sweeter butter substitutes.
There isn’t any escaping the need for flour when you’re making cookies for most recipes, but there are ways you can improve the recipe’s health benefits by changing the type of flour you use. Wholemeal flour will give your cookies a healthy kick, while adding a wholesome taste and richer colour.
Adding healthy ingredients to your recipe will add new dimensions to your cookies. Vitamin and mineral powders can help give your immune system a boost, and healthy oats will add a new level of taste and texture.
Less is more
The key to eating healthily is to maintain a balanced diet while staying active, so there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself every once in a while. Try making your cookies slightly smaller than you normally would, or reduce the amount you make in each batch so you can still enjoy your favourite treat without overdoing it.