Feeling Conflicted: Baking for the Holidays

I love to bake. I love to use my creativity decorating cookies and cakes and making delicious sweets for everyone to enjoy. However, I also think we would all do better if we eliminated sugar and processed grains from our diet. Thus, my desire to bake and my desire to share the health are at odds with each other. I know I can bake healthy goodies – these usually require fruit sweetened with honey and maple syrup served with ice cream sweetened with the same, or a grain-free crust (those berry cheese tarts were delicious). These desserts, while still yummy and satisfying, are not quite the same as baking a batch of Christmas sugar cookies or a fresh loaf of bread.

For Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, I’ve been asked to bake bread. I’m going to bake bread and I will enjoy eating it, but I can’t help feel a tinge bit guilty. I don’t live a completely grain or gluten-free life (especially now in this stage of pregnancy where all I want is grains, fruit, and juice) so it’s not like I don’t have my own cheats here and there.

For Christmas, should I bake those holiday goodies for everyone? I would like to, but I still have that guilt that I am feeding people things that are unhealthy for them!

Does anyone else have the same problem?

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6 thoughts on “Feeling Conflicted: Baking for the Holidays

  1. Hi! serving something sweet and healthy can definitely be a challenge. However I don’t feel that you should feel guilty for serving sweets. It’s up to the guest to decide whether it is something they want to eat or not šŸ˜‰ Although, if you want to take the extra mile for your special someones… How about making whole grain snack bars with mixed dried fruits covered with dark chocolate? These go very well as snacks and their quite healthy considering the ingredients are a variety of different healthy stuff and if made correctly they taste quite scrumptious too ā¤

  2. Life is too short to feel guilty over food! As a friend of mine says often “that’s a first world problem” Enjoy the holidays, eat well, be happy you have the food choices you do and eat healthier again after the holidays are over.

  3. I’ve been pondering this same thing lately! Maybe do some of both (traditional AND extra healthy). Really, as long as we’re eating great the rest of the year, we shouldn’t feel guilty about enjoying old family recipes during the holidays… :]

  4. I’ve been trying to decide the same thing for the last month. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am going to bake. I plan to convert some tried and true recipes to gluten-free (possibly lower sugar as well) and still make some of the traditional favorites to give out . Though I’m not certain that I have the self-control to not sneak any of the non-gf ones.

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