Dale a tu cuerpo alegria translates to mean “Give your body happiness,” and when we’re talking about a macarron, that’s absolutely true. A macaroon is a cookie, I suppose, right? You don’t come across them too often, though. Who knows why? Perhaps it’s because they’re so awesome that after you finish eating your first one, you also end up horking down three others in between bites without realizing it. There really is something about the taste and texture of a macaroon that makes me double fist them every time. Maybe macaroon are being set out more often than it appears, but the second they’re presented they are instantly devoured.
After you’ve eaten that fifth or sixth macaroon inside of five minutes, it’s not likely you’re going to feel completely guilt-free. Afterall, they’re so sweet and yummy, they couldn’t possibly be much of a health food. Or could they? A true macaroon is composed of egg whites, coconut, almonds and sugar. Ok, so perhaps you don’t want to be inhanling a whole bunch of sugar, but egg whites and almonds are good, and some of the properties of coconut, it turns out can balance out the negative parts of this sensational dessert snack.
Coconuts, it turns out, are completely amazing. First of all, they’re classified as an undigestible fiber, so the body can’t process its sugars, which means that it is a fiber that is sweet and awesome that results in virtually no calories at all. Tropical cultures, that tend to eat coconuts like Americans eat french fries, have little to no abnormally high colesterol levels nor do they exhibit symptoms of heart disease. Coconut also increases the body’s absorption of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which means you digest better, and tend to desire less sweets. The short of it being that the more macaroons you eat, the better you’ll digest them, and as you eat more, you’ll slowly desire them less.
So, macaroons are not only this amazingly lightly sweet cookie that is golden brown on the outside and soft and chewey on the inside, but it’s practically a health food! If they weren’t so good for me, I might have been concerned to find out that my grocery store always has containers of them in the bakery’s freezer. Instead, I now thank you National Macaroon Day for giving me this amazing dietary supplement.
See you Friday for National Hazelnut Cake Day!