What's Up with all the Sugar?
I tasted a scone from a local chain bread store the other day and it made my teeth hurt! So much sugary sweetness!
Why do some breakfast places insist on icing their scones? Are they not tasty enough or moist enough without it? What are they hiding?
Sugar is lurking in many sneaky places in the average diet and that is why when I was developing my scone recipes I consciously chose to ease up on the sugar. I wanted to offer my family variety from the processed cereals with something warm from the oven, low in sugar and full of protein.
The Cinnamon Chip scones have only 9 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein per serving. Even the Chocolate Cinnachip has just 12 grams of sugar.
The Spinach Feta scones have only 1 gram! That's even better and with eggs, Canadian bacon, or another protein, you have a hearty winner!
Many common cereals on the shelf these days are over 20 grams per serving. It'll give you that burst of energy but it burns off quickly making you crave more food before lunch.
Don't get me started on the food dyes and minimal fiber in those eye-candy colorful boxes. Yikes!
I will say that I get a raised eyebrow from time to time because I use butter. It is a whole fat that combined with a carbohydrate like whole rolled oats create that feeling of fullness much longer. It creates a beautiful brown crust and it keeps the scone moist when it has to sit in a bag until snack time.
We'll cover whole fats in another post so stay tuned!
We all do the best we can when it comes to diet but making little changes can go a long way. Read those food labels and watch your ingredients. Here's to a long healthy life!