Do Healthy Donuts Exist?

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 10:46:00 AM
Do Healthy Donuts Exist?

*Image Credit: Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD

Today is the day.  A day celebrated around the world.  Maybe a day where banks, schools and offices should be closed – a day, we can truly honor a hero.  The Donut.  It is National Donut Day.

Wait.  What?

Yes, it is National Donut Day and social media is abuzz with pictures of donut creations with colorful toppings and sugar piled high.

Donuts are certainly on trend right now with donut shops popping up in cities around the country.  In fact just last weekend, I was up early with our 5 and 8 year old.  It started off as the same routine morning … until, knowing there’s a new donut shop in town, I said “let’s go get some donuts this morning!”  Not something they typically hear from me, their eyes opened up like saucers and they said “REALLY!?” 

Yes, really.

And, let’s be honest, donuts are no nutrition powerhouses, nourishing your body with all sorts of quality nutrients.

Many of you may remember the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial from many years ago – the baker walking into the kitchen early in the morning – mumbling, time to make the donuts.  So what goes into a donut anyway?

Well, sugar, flour, butter, oil … and more of each of those.  And, they’re deep-fried, then usually coated in glaze, powdered sugar, and sprinkles or the like.

So, yes, as you can imagine they’re high in sugar, fat and calories. I’m not that concerned if it’s a once in awhile treat. 

That said, I wouldn’t necessarily trade in your Greek yogurt and berry breakfast for donuts on a daily basis, but let’s be honest, when it’s National Donut Day, if you’re a donut fan, indulge and enjoy. 

If you want to enjoy a little more regularly than once in awhile, maybe consider this recipe from a trusted colleague and friend – Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD for “Carrot Coconut Baked Donuts.” 

Yes.  Carrots.  Coconut.  And donuts. They’re. Awesome.

You can get the delicious recipe here

- Dr. Chris Mohr

Chris Mohr is a registered dietitian with a PhD in exercise physiology.  With his wife, they run Mohr Results, Inc (MohrResults.com), a nutrition consulting company, that has worked with companies all over the world - from Johnson and Johnson, to Deloitte, General Mills to Barilla and many in between.  As part of the TRX Family, Chris is the go to guy for TRX when it comes to nutrition education and information.

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