If your diet is sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free or casein free, it doesn’t have to be fun-free, too. Babycakes NYC is a kosher, vegan bakery that caters to many dietary needs and lifestyles at its location in the Big Apple as well as a second outpost in LA. From cupcakes, cookies and cakes to frosting shots, cupcake tops and sugar buns, you would think that a place like this would be a dietitian’s worst nightmare.
Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian, has recently added the baked-good mecca to her list of approved products on her Ashley Koff Approved list. Ashley has a balanced, realistic approach to nutrition and encourages her clients to make healthful choices on a daily basis to maintain good overall energy and health.
“Whether it’s a product, menu, recipe, or gadget, the AKA stamp confirms that it has been evaluated and approved by me, as a better quality and healthy choice,” Koff explains on her website. “More specifically, it means that the product does not contain any nutrition ‘no-no’s.’ “ The list is not about trends, fads or marketing, but about looking for items that are genuinely healthy for your mind, body and spirit.
With “New Year’s Resolution season” in high gear, remember that sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too. While Babycakes items are not touted as low-calorie or low-fat, you can indulge in that once-in-a-while treat, knowing well that you are doing something good for your body at the same time.