Go Ahead, Have a Croissant

The recent issue of Elle à Table reports that eating a croissant may be a healthier and a more diet-friendly alternative the breakfast tartine, a split baguette spread with butter and jam.

Perfect Butter Croissants

A croissant ordinaire or croissant au beurre (made with pure butter) has 200 calories, and 25 grams of carbohydrates.

A tartine composed of one-fifth of a baguette (about 2 ounces of bread) spread with 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of jam has 270 calories and 42 grams of carbohydrates.

Funny, they didn’t mention my preferred pain au chocolat, buttery croissant dough folded around one or two (if you’re lucky) bâtons of dark chocolate, as being diet-friendly.

I wonder why?

5 comments

  • well forget the eggwhite omelette, it’s all about croissants from now on!

  • Well if there’s no chocolate on it, its just not worth it.. I mean really. Oh and market shopping is so not as much fun without you.. although I did learn from you and turned on my best charm this morning. I didnt get any fancy free chocolate, but I did get a free fig.. counts for something doesnt it? :)

  • Yes, but what if you’re one of those people who puts butter and jam on a croissant?

  • That makes me even more sad that there are just no decent croissants to be found in Indiana.

  • Two points: 1) I wouldn’t worry about eating croissants or their chocolate brothers. Compare that and a coffee with the “old fashioned American breakfast” that many people still wake up to (in America) with eggs, sausages, juice, toast, and a pancake or two.. Just don’t eat the pastries a bushel at a time.

    2) I too like pain au chocolat but despise folks (in the US) insist on drizzling chocolate all over the things. I don’t want to have to grab for a wet wipe after I eat one. A few crumbs never hurt anyone, but a sticky mess of sugar glaze and drippy chocolate is simply wrong.