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!
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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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.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who likes to snack? Me too!
In fact, research confirms that we are a nation of snackers! According to a recent report, “91% of consumers snack multiple times throughout the day. Snacking now accounts for half (50%) of all eating occasions as America’s consumers say that snacking is essential to daily nutrition.”
With football season providing many opportunities to serve tantalizing tailgating food, why not make your next tailgate event – either at the game or in your living room – all about snacks instead of a heavy spread?
As we like to do at SPLENDA LIVING®, here are some delicious recipes made with less added sugar using a variety of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. These recipes range from salsa, dips and nut mixes to succulent chicken wings. Try one or two, or a little taste of everything… just be mindful of your portion sizes.
Let the tailgating food snacking begin!
It’s always a good day in my book when a light, wholesome summer meal is comprised simply of a chilled soup and salad. Light and appetizing. Filling but not heavy. Tasty and satisfying.
So you say you have never tried a chilled soup? Well, I think it’s about time you do! (We still have some time before the cooler weather calls for hot soup!) To get you started, here are three delicious chilled soup recipes, all of which are made with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products: Chilled Cherry Soup, Chilled Shrimp and Jicama Soup with Basil, and Cool Raspberry Soup.
The three summer salad recipes I have chosen to share are rich in flavor, with each being yummy in its own right. It is hard not to love the Ginger Noodle Salad, California Broccoli Salad and the Simply Bean Salad. These salad recipes also use SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of full sugar.
I hope you enjoy!
The time is right, the time is now. Yes, it’s time to make room in your fridge for large pitchers of refreshing, chilled summer drinks and to assure you have plenty of ice in the freezer. It’s summertime and the weather forecast says it’s going to be hot (of course!), so it is important for your health to keep cool and hydrated.
What better way to ‘chill’ than with a tall frosty glass of a cold beverage? Here are some thirst-quenching, non-alcoholic drink recipes that will help you beat the heat, but each is made with less sugar than is typically used in many cold beverages.
Personally, l love well-chilled lemonade and iced tea. If those are your favorites too, we would not be alone. Lemonade and iced tea were ‘tops’ in a survey of 500 consumers. You can find out more about this survey here.
So without further ado, here are some refreshing lemonade and iced tea recipes you will love – and they are all made with a SPLENDA® Sweetener.
It seems that the topic of sugar consumption continues to make waves in daily conversations. Although the sugar talk has been around for some time now, many people are still unsure of just how much sugar they should consume, or how to enjoy a sweet taste without adding too many calories. And many wonder if they need to be on a “low sugar diet.”
It is common knowledge that an excess intake of sugar may lead to consuming too many calories, which in turn can result in weight-gain, obesity and related chronic illnesses. That said, it is moderation and balance – not some kind of “low sugar diet” – that’s a key part of a healthy lifestyle. However, honestly speaking, it can be challenging for people to resist a sugar craving. For that reason, I want to encourage you to swap some of the sugar you add to foods with a low-calorie sweetener, or try lower-calorie and reduced-sugar foods and beverages instead of full-calorie versions. Here are some easy tips to help you get started.