SPCA fundraiser has healthy spin
SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD STAFF REPORTER
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Cupcake Day is a sweet fundraiser to raise money for some of our sweetest companions.
Timaru nutritionist Jessica Jones is getting into the spirit of the day, and is taking a healthy spin on things to make sure the event is good for humans and their furry companions.
"There are many great charities and fundraisers out there, but supporting the SPCA is one of my favourite," Jessica said.
This is Cupcake Day's fifth year, and Jessica saw it as an opportunity to combine two of her loves - sharing healthy food and looking after animals.
"I grew up with many different pets and I know how important it is to look after our animals. They are so loyal and loving."
"Working as a nutrition health promoter I believe that baking doesn't always have to be filled with butter and sugar.
"I'm always on the lookout for ways to make recipes healthier and lower in kilojoules."
Jessica, as well as many other cupcake bakers around the country, will be making cupcakes to sell to peers and colleagues on August 26.
The staff at Community Public Health, where Jessica works, will enjoy her banana cupcakes and she hopes to make a tidy donation for the SPCA while she's at it.
"It's such an innovative way of raising money, and it gets all sorts of people involved in offices and schools around the country."
Last year $270,000 was raised nationally for the SPCA, and this year they are aiming for even more.
Keen bakers can register at spcacupcakeday.co.nz.
Jessica recommends making these simple changes to recipes to help improve the nutritional content of baking:
- Reduce the amount of fat (butter or oil) in your baking by using pureed or mashed fruit. Bananas, apples, pears and kiwifruit work well.
- When using fruit in baking, the amount of added sugar can also be reduced as fruit will provide natural sweetness.
- Substitute half the quantity of white flour with wholemeal flour to increase the fibre content.
- Decorate using fresh fruit, nuts or a dusting of icing sugar.
- Grate vegetables into your baking, it's a great way of increasing your vegetable intake and they add moisture. Beetroot or zucchini are both great in a chocolate cake.
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