Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development and reduced productivity.
WHO (World Health Organisation)
I produced this blog because of my love for baking. However we all know that cakes, muffins, biscuits, macarons, tarts and pastries (the list is endless…!) are not the best for your health. Although I would like to argue that they form part of a ‘well balanced diet’, after all we need some fat and sugar, realistically – and this is the heart-breaking part – there are healthier alternatives out there.
There is an increasing focus on nutrition in society, for example the ‘Change4Life’ campaign by the government. Whilst browsing the WHO (World Health Organisation) website I immediately came across a report that basically recommends that we significantly reduce our sugar intake.
Because it is important to stay healthy, not only to live longer but to prevent medical conditions, this is part of the inspiration for vegetable cakes. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that they should be a regular part of your diet – everything in moderation remember – but you always need a cake for special occasions so why not make them healthier for when you JUST HAVE to eat it?!
If you can significantly reduce the fat and sugar content, throw in some fresh veggies, seeds and nuts and even make them gluten-free, then you really can have your cake and eat it. Take a look at the Vegetable, Nuts and Seeds pages to learn about the nutritional values of these foods and why you should include them in your meals and baking.
Don’t forget to let me know what you think of the recipes!
Happy Baking x
Disclaimer: I am not a registered nutritionist/ dietitian, therefore the information given on the nutritional values of foods is gathered from books, journals and websites. The information on this site is my interpretation of the nutritional research and is by no means dietary advice. Please see your GP or a registered dietitian for formal advice.