It's a baked mixture of cream, sugar, eggs and white bread, so there's really no getting around it: There is nothing healthy about bread pudding.
Despite our efforts to be healthy, though, who among us doesn't have an unhealthy holiday food tradition? Maybe Thanksgiving doesn't feel quite right without a slice of pumpkin pie, or maybe you wait all year for that bread pudding.
Let's look at that slice of pumpkin pie as an example. A slice of pumpkin pie -- that's one eighth of a 9-inch (23-centimeter) pie -- is about 200 to 300 calories and contains about 2 grams of fiber. If you're going to indulge, why not sneak in a little whole grain with easy substitutions? Not everything has to be made with all-purpose flour. Try whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour) or other whole-grain flours such as buckwheat, oat and quinoa, as well as nut flours, bean flours and flaxseeds in your desserts. Make that pumpkin pie in a whole grain crust made with whole wheat pastry flour, whole wheat flour and flaxseeds and you'll change that nutrition profile for the better -- now that slice of pie has 280 calories and 5 grams of fiber.