Cooking & Baking
Food is so often more than just fuel for the day, and cooking can both be a wonderful way to explore and experiment and a great opportunity to enjoy time together as a family. That being said, with the growing challenges of obesity it is always important to watch what we are putting into our bodies. Here at the SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog we love to explore great ways to enjoy some favorite SPLENDA® recipes while helping you watch your family’s calorie intake by cooking and baking with less sugar. Check out our latest posts and featured SPLENDA® recipes below!
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child
I have to say that I agree with the dear, late Ms. Child. Cake matters! Cake tastes good. Who doesn’t like cake?
However, cake is traditionally made with a whole lot of sugar, as are other desserts such as cookies, candy, pies and pastries. Until the introduction of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in the US in 1998, it was nearly impossible to successfully make my favorite dessert recipes with significantly less, or no added sugar.
So yes, before you read on, I admit it. I am a huge SPLENDA® Brand fan. I have used no-calorie sweeteners as far back as my college days (when saccharin was the only option), but the introduction of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener proved to me that I can “have my (less sugary) cake and eat it too.”
With SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, you can make almost anything… from sweets like cakes, cookies and pastries to soups and side dishes…without all the added sugar.
Here are 10 sound reasons why many people (including me!) choose SPLENDA® Sweeteners...
You wake up, look in the mirror and realize you’ve gained a few pounds. You tell yourself, “Time to cut back! This time I really mean it!” So, maybe you skip breakfast, eat a salad for lunch and cook a mix of veggies and chicken for dinner, nibbling on protein bars and sipping smoothies during the day. Within a few days, you may find yourself in front of the TV with a pint of ice cream or a bag of chips.
Sound familiar? For so many dieters, the cycle repeats.
It’s time to wake up and get real on long-term plans for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Maybe weight loss motivation isn’t the only problem. Confidence, accountability and support are also key factors in losing weight. Allow me to help with your motivation for weight loss: You can do it, and here’s how!
Depending on who you talk to, winter weather at times can be almost unbearable. For a large part of the country, freezing temps, snow-covered lawns, and icy roads are what we experience when we step out the front door. It’s not my favorite season by any means but it comes like clockwork, once a year. And as the old saying goes, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
During winter, for whatever reason, many of us develop cravings for “comfort” foods that traditionally are high in sugar and fat (you know the ones I mean). So, when you arrive home after a morning of errands or from a long day at work or from an afternoon of sled-riding…and after you “de-bundle” (removing those puffer coats, cozy scarves and fleece-lined gloves), you may be looking to dig into some favorite cold-weather foods. However, it’s not a good idea to overindulge when you crave something sweet, warm and comforting.
If you haven’t started yet, now is a good time to start cutting back on your added sugar intake, as health experts recommend. So, to help you with easy substitutions for sugar, here are a few wonderful recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweeteners to make this winter.
We hope you enjoy them all, from unique hot chocolates to oven-baked treats that use apples and a SPLENDA® Sweetener instead of full sugar.
It’s that time of year again. Groundhog Day.
And, oh yes. The “Big Game.” A football game that is watched by more than 100 million fans around the world. Fans gather far and wide to watch their favorite teams play, while as spectators, many of us will consume way too many calories from football party food and drinks.
You probably know the drill. It happens every year: a fun-filled sports event marked by a day of mindlessly noshing way too much, with eyes glued to a big screen TV.
You can easily game-plan ahead for football munchies that won’t draw a red flag on your health-focused New Year’s resolutions. Here are some of my favorite recipes that call for less sugar that you may want to try. All are made using SPLENDA® Sweeteners.
We hope you enjoy these smart plays for football party food recipes as well as the Big Game…and may the best team win.
The holidays are a time for being thankful. Although I am thankful for many things, this year I am especially thankful for pumpkin pie. I know this may sound out of place, but I regularly celebrate my health, my family, my career and everything really important in my life. Now I’m ready to be thankful for the delicious desserts of the season. Let me explain.
Several decades ago, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, right after Halloween. So, every year in early November, on the anniversary of this life altering occasion, I take time to reflect upon my life – managing diabetes every day – and all I have to be thankful for. First and foremost, I am always thankful for my health after all these years and for the support I’ve received from family, friends and colleagues. I’m thankful for advancements in diabetes management technology – insulin quality and blood glucose monitoring, for example. And, I’m thankful for the evolution of diabetes self-management – the lifestyle that has preserved my personal health and given me an inspired career helping others with diabetes. By the time Thanksgiving Day arrives, I’ve been focused on this thankfulness for weeks. This brings me back to pumpkin pie.
Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when the holiday festivities (aka less than healthy food choices and eating habits) kick-off with nibbles on that bucket of leftover Halloween candy, onward during Thanksgiving, and through family and holiday gatherings in December. They come to an end (thankfully!) with a New Year’s Day brunch or afternoon spread to indulge in while watching a football game or two.
While it’s easy to throw up your hands during these two months and throw caution to the wind, that’s not the best choice for a waistline or health in general. And you do have a choice! How about this year you take on a new attitude to deal with the onslaught of indulgence this time of year?
Your new attitude? Believing that you can enjoy myriad holiday festivities while you, generally speaking, practice healthy holiday eating, albeit with a sprinkling of splurges.
Here are 10 tips for healthy holiday eating:
While the holidays for many of us, are usually spent sharing time with friends and family; they are also often spent around the dinner table. Because let’s be honest, the holidays seem to give us a free pass to over-indulge in our favorite meals. Even though I also enjoy spending time around the table, I believe there is a way to manage, and at the same time celebrate, the holiday food fest in a more mindful manner.
Here are 12 of my favorite tips for healthy holiday eating, especially for cruising through the holidays without over-indulging.
True or false?
Turkey was the “entrée” of the first Thanksgiving meal.
That is true, according to Smithsonian Magazine, and as we do today, turkey was complemented with side dishes. However, the first Thanksgiving meal was a far cry from what we serve these days. Can you imagine how in awe those first celebrants would be if they were to see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, with a wide-ranging assortment of foods that span from calorie-filled side dishes to heavy sugar-laden desserts?
Sometimes I am in awe of how many calories and how much added sugar many people eat on Thanksgiving day. Is it really necessary? I don’t think so, and many of you might agree: we eat way too many calories on this special occasion, and many of those calories come from added sugars in the side dishes and desserts.
If this is the year you want to make your feast one that is not as sugary but just as delicious, here are some Thanksgiving side dish recipes you will want to try: Cranberry Apple Relish, Deliciously Simple Applesauce, Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole. And for dessert, you can’t miss with Pumpkin Bread Pudding or Happy Holiday Pumpkin Pie.
All of these delectable Thanksgiving side dish recipes use a SPLENDA® Sweetener in place of sugar to keep the great taste without all the calories. Same for the dessert recipes – heavy on the delicious flavor, lighter on the added sugar!
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SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is Perfect for Substituting Added Sugars in Recipes
Ever since I tasted SPLENDA® Naturals, I have been able to modify several recipes while adding flavor and reducing calorie intake. To get you started, let me give you a few recipes to try so you can be successful at using this amazing and better alternative sweetener...
It’s 2017, and we’re no longer just about calories. Counting calories is out, and counting nutrients is in. For the most part, this is great news because calorie counting can be a bit tedious, can take the joy out of eating and sometimes, ignores actual nutrients in food. But still, calories do matter. At the end of the day, losing or maintaining weight comes down to calories in (what we eat) versus calories out (what we burn).
While there’s no need to meticulously count the calories of everything you eat, it’s still a good idea to have a general idea of what’s in your food, and where the empty calories might be coming from. Empty calories are those that contribute calories but not positive nutrition.
Keep reading to see how you can save plenty of calories that might show up in some unexpected places – and how to easily reduce calories from added sugars by using SPLENDA® Sweeteners.