When we stop labeling food “good” or “bad” then we can stop labeling ourselves as such based on the foods we eat.
Sugar sweetened beverages including soda, juice, iced tea, sports drinks, and energy drinks are not the root cause of the so-called “obesity epidemic” or increasing rates of diabetes. Just like donuts and ice cream didn’t cause these “epidemics”, neither did simply drinking sugar sweetened beverages. There are so many factors involved and it’s completely oversimplifying a complicated matter and ignoring genetics, socioeconomic barriers, and environmental factors.
You see this term used all the time. All foods fit, but only in moderation. So does that mean 1 cookie is okay but 10 aren’t okay? Are 2 cookies okay? 3? Where do we draw the line on moderation?
You don’t need to alter recipes to make them super-duper healthy. We don’t need cakes made out of kale. But sometimes we want a dessert that caters to our dietary restrictions and it’s perfectly okay to make changes.
When developing a recipe (or just throwing a bunch of things together), remember that everything that goes into baked goods has a purpose. The following ingredients may be ones you’re looking to change. You can make changes, but the substitutes need to be able to perform the same tasks. The dessert needs to look good and taste good.
Quite simply, if someone questions your food choices, you can reply that you are choosing the foods you like and the foods that make you feel good.