A FUCHSIA box of sweet treats arrives at work, and the team, which takes its desserts very seriously, feels chary. No one is inching closer to the table, no one’s sizing up the creamiest cupcake.
The goodies by Fitness Bakery, we are told, are gluten- free, sugar- free and fat- free. They serve a variety of cookies, muffins, cupcakes and breads made of whey protein, sorghum and brown rice. The sole dieter in the team comes over looking hopeful, and is the first to break the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie ( R 260 for six) into two and pop it into her mouth.
She nods appreciatively, and the rest of us follow. The cookie is crisp, crumbly and quite delicious - it does feel nice knowing that merely 140 calories, instead of the usual 500 or so, will go settle wherever they are destined to. The Double Chocolate cookie, however, tastes of, well, nothing at all.
It isn’t just the amoebaic shape that we don’t get - the texture and consistency are a bit off the mark too. Next, we try the Red Velvet cupcake ( Rs 360 for six), which contains beetroot and molasses, and is topped with yogurt, cream cheese and whey ( breathe, it still has only 134 calories).
The soft cupcake by itself isn’t very flavourful, but a bite with the topping improves the taste. It is the Apple and Cinnamon muffin ( R 330 for six) which reaffirms our faith in Fitness Bakery. The cupcake has the most dignified mien of the lot, is moist and has just the right amount of cinnamon and sweetness ( it is the whey protein).
Will we think of Fitness Bakery the next time our sweet tooth’s nudging us to sin? Well, it all depends on how serious we are about our diet and health. Fitness Bakery has its moments, and for diabetics and those with health concerns, it really is close to god- sent. The rest of us could take a bite or two and promise to start being mindful - tomorrow.