After an indulgent festive season full of rich Christmas cakes, stocking-filler snacks and catered parties, it’s unsurprising that many individuals decide to put healthy eating top of their New Year’s resolution list.
This doesn’t have to mean a quiet season for bakers though, as there are plenty of clever ways to make your creations more nutritionally balanced to appeal to this health-conscious crowd.
Vegetables are a key part of any healthy diet, so including them in your baking is one sure way to win over customers in January, particularly since they are a low-calorie way of keeping cake moist. Carrot cake is perhaps the most common example of a vegetable-rich snack, but there are lots of other flavour combinations to try out too, from beetroot brownies to zingy lime courgette cake.
Lighter lunchtime options are likely to form a cornerstone of most post-Christmas plans as people return to work. Cafes can meet this need by offering healthy sandwich fillings like roasted vegetables, salad and lean meats. Caterers can also replace traditional loaves with lower carbohydrate alternatives by using Arkady’s Reduced Carb White Bread Mix, now available from BAKO with a free point of sale poster kit, while stocks last.
As they are rich in essential vitamins, fresh fruits provide a guilt-free burst of sweetness to your baking and can help keep cakes from becoming too dry. Try adding fruity chutneys to savoury dishes instead of fatty sauces, or cooking up fruit-rich desserts in place of indulgent ingredients like chocolate, cream and custard.
A simple switch from white flour to more nutritious varieties such as fibre-rich wholemeal flour can make a world of difference to the health status of baked goods. There are also a number of low-gluten or gluten-free flours to experiment with, or ready-made loaves like BAKO’s Gluten Free White and Gluten Free Brown bread, which are perfect for customers trying to cut wheat out of their diet.
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