Three Reasons to Indulge in Pastries
Pasties come in many delicious shapes, sizes, and variants. From pies to strudels to pretzels, these tasty treats aren’t just a great addition to the holiday season, but they can have health benefits (in moderation, of course). In honor of National Pastry Day, Friday would like to share some health information and recipes to try this December.
Tasty AND Nutritious
Desserts such as pastries often are packed with healthy carbohydrates. When you’re on a diet, sometimes you miss those essential nutrients. By indulging correctly, you can fuel your body and mind while treating your taste buds! Pastries like pumpkin pie contain rich sources of whole foods. Check out this healthy pumpkin pie recipe for inspiration.
Another way to add some healthy components to your pastry treats is to incorporate healthy ingredients! This can range from using flour alternatives like almond flower over wheat flour or adding fruits and vegetables. Take a look at these healthy baking substitutes.
Can Help Control Your Weight
Dieting isn’t always the healthy way to go. When it comes to cutting out sweets, we know how much of a challenge you face. Studies have shown that adults who eat dessert and an otherwise regular and nutritious diet have a better chance of producing long-term weight loss. This is because eating small amounts helps you satisfy cravings and avoid binging, negating the harmful effects of dieting. Eating pastries can also help you incorporate more fruit into your diet, from apple strudel to chocolate-covered strawberries. Check out these diet dessert recipes.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself. From giving yourself a little something to decompress to celebrating the good (and tasty!) things in life, you should give yourself a break from time to time. A great way to do this is to indulge in a pastry. Giving in to the occasional yummy snack has been proven to be good for your mental health. As long as you don’t overindulge, the benefits are numerous.
Buy a Little Happiness
We all deserve a little dance on our taste buds that lead to a boost in serotonin from time to time. Eating something sweet can give you a boost by altering your mind and body in positive ways. Treat yourself to one of these easy-to-make pastries and give yourself a reason to smile.
Whether you’re an experienced baker or want to try something new, giving pastry baking a try is excellent for you. It can boost your mental health and boost your morale. When done with others, it can bring family and friends together. You can also teach your kids essential life skills. When you bake something, you can also share your results with others and spread a little happiness. Spread some joy this holiday season, in your household and out.
If you don’t have time to whip something up, stop by a bakery and treat yourself today!
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