Tips for Delicious and Nutritious Vegan Baking

Sep 22, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Caregiver in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

Caregiver in Raleigh NC

October 1 is Vegan Baking Day. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out more about the ways that you can help your elderly loved one improve their health and wellbeing with improved nutrition. As a family caregiver it is one of yourCaregiver-in-Raleigh-NCmost important goals to help keep your parent as healthy as possible so that they can enjoy the highest quality of life that they can as they age in place. Studies have shown that eating a diet that is focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rather than animal products can offer your parent a wide variety of health benefits, including protecting them from cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and more. By helping your parent to see that they can enjoy delicious, indulgent foods even while eating a predominantly plant-based diet, you can help your parent to get the benefits of reducing the animal products in their eating without them feeling as though they are making major sacrifices.

On Vegan Baking Day, work with your parent to create delicious treats that you can enjoy together, but still feel good about. Baking without animal products such as milk, butter, and eggs can be flavorful, but it can also be challenging. Knowing a few simple tips and tricks can help you to bake your parent’s favorite desserts, breads, and other goodies without the use of animal products. While not all of these tips will not make these foods ones that they should eat frequently, they can make their favorite indulgences healthier for their occasional treat.

 

Use these tricks and tips for delicious and nutritious vegan baking:

  • Know the point of eggs. One of the most challenging parts of baking without animal products is replacing eggs. In order to be as successful as possible with the egg replacement, it is important to determine the purpose of the eggs in the recipe. If the finished product is meant to be light and fluffy, the eggs are likely for leavening. If the finished product is meant to be dense and chewy, the eggs are likely for binding. This will help you determine which of the replacement options is best for your recipe.
  • Try cornstarch. If the eggs are for binding, try replacing them in your recipe with cornstarch and water. Simply add two tablespoons of cornstarch to two tablespoons of water. Mix them well until they have a gelatinous texture and use to replace each egg in the recipe.
  • Try flax seeds. If the eggs are for leavening, try replacing them in your recipe with flax seeds. Simply add one tablespoon of ground flax seeds to three tablespoons of water and mix well until they have a gelatinous texture. Use this to replace one egg in your recipe. As an added bonus, this adds extra omega-3 fatty acids and protein to the recipe.
  • Go for tofu. Tofu is an amazing ingredient that you can use in a huge variety of recipes. Whether the finished product is meant to be sweet or savory, the tofu will add protein, creaminess, thickness, and a custardy quality to goods that would usually contain eggs and milk. Use ¼ cup of pureed tofu to replace each egg in recipes such as quiches or custard pies. This is fantastic for adding bulk and a satisfying texture to pumpkin pie or creating a tasty vegetable-filled quiche for brunch.
  • Choose the right dairy-free milk. There are many different dairy-free milk alternatives that you can use in your baked goods. Choosing full-fat versions is best to ensure the best texture. This also goes for vegan butter alternatives, which are lower in fat and calories than dairy butter but with a rich, satisfying taste.

 

If you or an aging loved one are looking for caregiver services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!

 

Source: http://www.peta.org/living/food/baking-cheat-sheet/

 

Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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