President's Prescription: Healthy ways to indulge a sweet tooth

President's Prescription: Healthy ways to indulge your sweet tooth

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cupcakes, cookies, pastries and pie - many of us have a major sweet tooth. We know that we need to exercise and follow a balanced diet, but many of us don't know that there are actually ways that we can make our baked goodies more healthy for us.

Many of your favorite recipes could actually be healthier with a few simple ingredient swaps. For instance, what can you use instead of oil or butter in bread or muffins? The answer is actually applesauce in certain dishes. The swap is much lower in fat and calories. You can also swap whole wheat flour for white flour in all baking. And, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in water can substitute for one egg.

In addition to swapping some of your ingredients, it might also be time to update your cookware and cooking utensils. Avoid using baking pans with cracks in their surface, as these cracks can hold bacteria, which can make you sick. If you're sing a Teflon pan, it's better to only use these pans on low or medium heat, as the coating weakens when heated higher than that. There are concerns about the potential risk for ingesting this coating if it's broken down due to heat and makes its way into the food.

Finally, for the ultimate baking swap, consider using more fresh fruit and less processed sugar. For special occasions, try making an angel food cake, which is fat free and can be topped with fresh berries. This light treat is great in the summertime.

So whether it's swapping out ingredients or changing your cookware, there are plenty of ways to make your favorite dessert more healthy. I hope these tips will help you in the pursuit for better all-around health.

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