Don’t Say No to Cake – Here’s How to Still Enjoy this Celebratory Treat with No Guilt!

Don’t Say No to Cake – Here’s How to Still Enjoy this Celebratory Treat with No Guilt!

Cake is not only delicious but it’s a big part of many of our celebrations and life milestones as well.

That being said, there is no secret that this yummy dessert is not the best food for our health.

According to a study by the University of Chester and published in the Journal Of Workplace Health, 87 percent of people get offered cake at work at least once per week.

68 percent of them struggle to say no to it and this is the problem.

As common as cake is in so many social events, there is no denial that it’s one of those foods people usually feel bad about eating and still can’t resist it, either because it would be a bit rude or simply because it’s so delicious!

Naturally, there is a good argument to be made against overdoing it given cake’s high saturated fat and sugar content.

That being said, one University of Canterbury study published in the journal Appetite, learned that those who associated chocolate cake with guilt, presented lower levels of control over their eating habits and were not as successful at maintaining their weight.

On the other hand, those who associated chocolate cake with celebration and felt no guilt as a result, were far more successful at maintaining a healthy weight.

What this means is that there are true benefits to allowing yourself to have cake and eat it too instead of fighting the urge before finally giving in and binging.

This amazing treat should not be off limits and fostering this can-have attitude is far easier than you may imagine.

One way you can improve its nutritional value however, is to bake a cake at home and swap the bad ingredients with healthier alternatives, finding a nice balance so that your gut will thank you and you’ll still love the taste at the same time.

For instance, you can swap flour with ground almonds or use half flour half almonds.

This will add more fiber into the mix which lowers the blood sugar spikes you would normally get using white flour.

If you’re allergic to nuts or simply don’t like almonds, you can also use wholemeal flour or oats.

To add some sweetness without sugar, use banana, dates or apple puree.

The sugar in whole fruit comes packed with fiber as well, which slows down the release of sugar and regulates the appetite hormones, keeping you satisfied for longer.

If you’re making cheesecake, improving the nutritional profile is easy.

Just replace the cream with Greek yogurt and ricotta cheese!

This will reduce the saturated fat content.

But if you’d rather buy your cake than make it yourself, make sure to at least go for a fruit cake since it does not come covered in so much icing.

Icing can sometimes have double the calories of the whole entire cake so when served cake with a lot of icing at an event, you can already make it healthier by just avoiding the icing and just enjoying all that goodness from under it.

Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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