Q: I’m a regular at cafés and like to have a sweet treat with my coffee. What are the best options – fruit fillings, custard fillings or something like a Florentine which has nuts?
Carol, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Jessica Lewis replies:
“A sweet treat doesn’t always have to be a guilty one; just keep in mind a few basics. The downfall of many sweets is the pastry, since it’s mostly butter and sugar – so avoiding pastries like croissants and danishes can help limit the energy overload. The best sweet fillings should have unprocessed, single ingredients – so you’re on the right track with fruit and nuts. If the filling is made from lots of processed ingredients, like chocolate or cream, you’re better off without it.
Some good options are wholebran muffins, nut clusters or small fruit tarts. Better yet, try thinking outside the box (or the cake display) by ordering raisin toast with low-fat cinnamon ricotta or poached fruit with muesli."