A sugary, decadent pastry might be the best way to start the day, and in fact, it's often the best way to end the day and a fabulous thing to consume throughout the day as well. However, if you want to stir a bit of nutrition and long-lasting energy into your breakfast, you may be wondering if you need to forgo the sweet stuff.
Luckily, you can combine sweet and healthy. You just need to choose the right pastry. Keep an eye out for these ingredients:
A bit of peanut butter filling in a pastry adds a much-needed jolt of protein to your breakfast. Alternatively, you can spread peanut butter on sweetbreads, but either way, a couple of spoonfuls packs in about 8 grams of protein, setting you up for a great day.
If you're not into peanut butter, inject a bit of protein into your breakfast with oatmeal. That doesn't mean you have to eat a boring old bowl of oats. Instead, look for a bakery that sells pies made with oatmeals crusts or muffins or cakes with streusel toppings featuring oatmeal. A classic streusel contains sugar and butter, but lots of bakers add in oatmeal both for the texture and the health benefits.
A thick creamy yogurt can also help you get energised for the day. Check out if your local bakery uses yogurt in any of its recipes. Yogurt can be used in everything from sweet bread, to cake doughnuts, to crepes. The yogurt simply takes the role of milk in these recipes. Alternatively, consider a little cupful of yogurt on the side of a decadent piece of cake or whatever sweet you fancy for breakfast.
Of course, you can eat a banana on the side of your sweet pastry, but you can also find pastries with healthy bananas baked right in. The average banana has a gram of protein and lots of fiber. It also has numerous vitamins and minerals. You can get banana doughnuts, muffins and more.
Whole Grain Wheats
A lot of bakeries use at least some white flour in all of their recipes. This flour is easy to work with and it's better at making fluffy bread and pastries than denser flours. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that your breakfast needs to just consist of white flour. If you want the health benefits associated with complex grains, ask the bakery if it sells anything with whole wheat flour. Don't worry if the recipe also has some white flour.