The Top 5 Healthiest Baked Treats to Eat

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With all the baked treats that come your way, wouldn't you want to know what the top 5 healthiest baked treats are?

You can really find choices there that won't wreck your health or your diet. You just have to be informed what kind of baked goods are good for you to eat. These aren't diet foods, though; it's just choosing the ones made of the best ingredients and not gorging on them. These are those top 5 healthiest baked treats you can eat:

1 - Biscotti, especially ones with chopped nuts and dried fruits, make one of the healthiest baked treats available. These are low in calories (about a hundred per slice only) and with the right additions, boost up your intake of fiber. Take the plainest ones possible, if you can. These are the ones that are just served plain, not chocolate dipped or drizzled with glace icing.

Cranberries are among the healthiest fruits you can have whether it's the holidays or not. Apart from looking so jolly, they are really good at keeping you fit. They contain a lot of anti-oxidants that keep you healthy and young. Choose dried cranberries over raisins, which are full of fiber but have more sugar and not as many benefits.

2 - Apples and oranges make for everyday favorites. They can be called into play during the holidays too, and offer more of a punch when put into baked treats. Orange peel and Cranberry Muffins, anyone? What about a Marmalade Cake decorated with orange supreme all over the top of its cream cheese frosting? Don't overdo the Dark Chocolate Brownies with Candied Orange Peels, though. Even if they have the healthy choices of dark chocolate and orange, the sugar in it completely negates any health benefits.

3 - Why not opt for a carrot cake instead? It's full of fiber and the nutritional pluses of carrots and walnuts. You could even go a step further and substitute a portion of the flour with a Dutch Process Cocoa and make yourself a Chocolate Carrot Cake. Mmm, good! Just don't each too much of the icing - a little is all you need anyway.

4 - To further please the chocoholic, why not have chocolate-chip banana bread available with your dessert choices? There's no better homey combination than banana and dark chocolate. You get the kick of potassium from the bananas and lots of anti-oxidants from the dark chocolate. Talk about a win-win situation! If you throw in a handful of chopped walnuts or hazelnuts, you add in the benefits of fiber, too.

5 - Although they are not commonly thought of as healthy, one party favorite is cookies. It's great if you offer your guests healthy choices along with the decadent. Why not have some chewy oatmeal cookies beefed up with chopped nuts and dried fruits available? Why not pair these with some healthy beverages like a fruit juice punch, cocoa or tea, or a glass of red wine?

When you're faced with baked goods, all you need to remember to eat them in moderation. Just one or two pieces would be enough. It's best if you choose ones made with healthy ingredients as well.

Jamie Highland writes about events like baby showers and food topics. To check out some decorated cookies or some baby shower favors, visit My Baby Shower Favors. If you want more articles, visit our site and click on the Contact Us link.

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