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 SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog we love to explore great ways to enjoy some of the favorites while helping you watch your family’s calorie intake from added sugar. Check out our latest posts below!
If you’ve ever planned a budget you know some things on it are essential (buying food), while others are optional (eating out). The same is true for the calories we consume, or more specifically, where our calories come from. The calories found in foods that deliver essential nutrients are more important than the calories found in foods that provide few or no nutrients. Once we eat the foods (and calories) that deliver all of the nutrients we need each day, any calories left in our budget are considered “discretionary” calories.
Since February is American Heart Month, it’s the perfect time to talk about how we can make better choices when using our “discretionary calories” for improved heart healthy eating.
When it comes to advice about not overindulging at special events and holidays, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. I am guessing that many of you have “heard it before,” especially with some big holiday gatherings immediately behind us.
Still, there are benefits to reinforcing positive messages and actions. In this instance, it’s about ways to not mindlessly eat while having a terrific time with friends and family during one big upcoming food-driven event. Yes, I am talking about a well-known professional football game (with its million-dollar-per-30-second commercials) that screams out for food, snacks and drinks. It shall remain nameless for the purpose of this blog but I think you know what I am talking about.
According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “we eat more on Big Game Sunday than on any day of the year besides Thanksgiving.” The Calorie Control Council, a food industry group, says a typical game day feast could easily surpass 2,400 calories.
Calories add up quickly. If you are determined to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, in 2017, I’d like to recommend one way you can accomplish your goal: save calories rather than count calories, especially calories from added sugars.
If you don’t believe that small savings can make a difference, a recent study confirms that a “small-changes” approach to diet and exercise can be appropriate for all family members and is a simple long-term lifestyle option that may positively impact weight gain and weight maintenance. It also noted that no-calorie sweeteners can be a useful tool in achieving those small changes.
Here are four ideas I recommend to save on sugar calories, especially during colder months.
Food is so often more than just fuel for the day, and cooking can be both a wonderful way to explore and experiment, and a great opportunity to enjoy time together as a family… Here at the SPLENDA LIVING® Blog we love to explore great ways to enjoy some of the favorites while helping you watch your family’s calorie intake from added sugar.
As the air gets a little crisper and the leaves turn from shades of green to colorful hues of orange, yellow and red, I am reminded that the holidays are just around the corner. The festive season calls for many arrangements, from planning favorite meals to family gatherings, so our holidays are usually quite hectic.
As a dietitian and mom I usually try to be mindful of the health needs of both my family and friends so we can enjoy a wonderful celebration while keeping our meals delicious, fun and nutritious. However, in the midst of the celebration we often forget about our health needs and instead indulge freely, only to regret the amount we consumed shortly after we’re done eating. If you fall in this category (like the majority of us do), fear holiday meals no more! By taking it one step at a time, this season can be positively different!
Like so many others, I am blessed to have wonderful memories of Thanksgiving family gatherings. Having everyone gravitate to the kitchen was a distinctive and fond part of those memories. Even those not involved in meal preparation (especially the kiddos) were always in the kitchen, waiting and watching the magic of the Thanksgiving meal come together.
Although many of our traditional holiday dishes were prepared in advance (i.e., cookies, nut breads, pecan pie), many of them had to be prepared on Thanksgiving Day. With far “too many cooks in the kitchen” (literally and figuratively), I still remember how hot the kitchen became, with all of the stove’s burners blazing and both ovens going full force. Someone get me a fan, please!
Over the years, however, our family has transitioned in countless ways. Not only do we not overindulge at the main Thanksgiving meal (and throughout the day), we also make Thanksgiving recipes with a whole lot less sugar by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. (I have mentioned before that we have long history of diabetes in my family so we are very glad to have SPLENDA® Sweetener choices for most of our recipes that call for sugar).
Did you know that two new innovative products were introduced to the marketplace this year by the SPLENDA® Brand family of sweetener products?
Introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener -- a no calorie natural sweetener that tastes great. And SPLENDA ZERO™ Liquid Sweetener -- with zero carbs, zero sugar, and zero calories.
‘Tis autumn. I love it! The chill in the air is a reprieve from those steamy hot summer days that make my hair curl uncontrollably and the dog not wanting to go outside. Fall is a time for change, as demonstrated when dark green leaves turn an indescribably beautiful spectrum of orange, red and gold.
And the food! How could I forget all of the unforgettable foods associated with fall? Pumpkin pie. Apple dumplings. Hot chocolate. Although some people might make the argument that some of these fall foods are not as healthy and are more sugar-laden than what we consume in spring and summer months, I beg to differ!
With the use of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, many of your favorite fall recipes can taste delicious and help you cut back on added sugar.
The sugar conversation has been a topic of interest for decades. And today, more than ever, many health-conscious consumers are trying to limit calories, especially those coming from added sugars, and learn to be more mindful when making eating choices.
The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans have recently advised Americans to consume less added sugars. So we come to the point where we recognize that our added sugar intake might need some redirection, but we also don’t want to deprive ourselves of what we enjoy—because that’s not the point.
So how can we eat less sugar and not miss it?
I remember when the only “tailgate” we knew about was the hinged back of a pick-up truck that could be lowered for easy loading (I learned how to drive in a pick-up so of course I know what a tailgate is!). Then came “tailgating” as it related to driving, when someone is following you much too closely. You know what I mean – it has happened to all of us.
But let’s get real. We are here to talk about the fun kind of tailgating since it’s September, a time when tailgating is synonymous with falling leaves, football and food. Yes, food and all kinds of it!
The days of chowing down on lots of not-so-good-for-you foods is no longer required or even fun in my opinion. Be it in the parking lot at the game or in the comfort of your living room, it makes no sense to overindulge with your guests to have a great tailgate party. That’s why I’m suggesting some tailgate recipes that are healthier alternatives to more traditional tailgating food.