I know what you’re thinking: “Treats? That’s not a food group.” For many of us, treats are something we enjoy on a regular basis. Our Mealtime Mentors feel strongly that food is meant to be enjoyed; all foods fit into a healthy lifestyle when enjoyed in moderation. Brittany, Emily and I love finding creative ways to make treats a tad better for us, so we can enjoy them and still feel good.
We're taking this final week of Nutrition Month to share our tips and tricks to trade up your treats.
Beans make an excellent substitution for flour in brownies and cookies. Packed with protein and fiber, baked goods with beans will help you feel fuller longer and give you an extra dose of nutrition. Rinse and drain canned beans and they are good to go! Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies
Substituting Greek yogurt for cream and other higher fat options saves big in the calorie and fat department — not to mention it adds protein, calcium and vitamin D into your desserts. We promise you won’t even notice a difference in flavor or texture.
Looking for a way to make your treats either gluten free or better for you? Add oats! Full of fiber and important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, oats are great to add to cookies, brownies and crisps. If you need to make your treat gluten free, just be sure to use Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free Oats found in our natural and organic department.
Fruits & Veggies — in all forms:
As Festival dietitians, we are strong believers in the message that all forms of fruits and veggies matter, including fresh, canned, dried, frozen and 100% juice. A simple way to add a boost of nutrition to treats is to include fruits and veggies in all forms.
Lauren Tulig is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.
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