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 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.
Whether you call it “grilling out” or “cranking up the BBQ,” it’s that time of year to “fire up” the grill. What’ll it be? Steak? Grilled veggies? Salmon? Maybe some grilled chicken and corn on the cob?
Even if you choose to prepare your favorite grilling recipes, you have to admit it’s fun to explore new ideas. I do it a lot. In a previous blog about traditional grilling recipes that use sugar, I suggested ways to replace full sugar in those recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products – to keep the flavor without all the calories.
So in addition to the recipes in that 2016 blog, here are a few more yummy grilling recipes you may want to try. All of them use SPLENDA® Sweeteners.
Family recipes are favorites that are usually hard to modify because everyone loves them the way they have always been prepared.
Often, we feel scared to make any modifications to our family recipes because we fear our family will get offended, and that money would be wasted because the changes wouldn’t be enjoyed. If you consider yourself to be inexperienced in the kitchen, this may be quite a challenge. For this reason, it’s understandable that swapping ingredients might not be the first option you’d consider. However, today I hope to change that. I have created a chart to guide easy substitutions that can help turn your favorite recipes into more healthy food recipes without offending your family or wasting your paycheck on ‘failed’ kitchen experiments.
Barely a day goes by that we don’t read about results of some poll or survey. Rarely do the results affect you and your family specifically. However, there is one kind of survey that you can do yourself, that could help to improve your overall health. I call it the “Am I Eating Too Much Sugar?” survey.
No fancy mathematical calculations are involved. All it takes is: 1) making a list (on paper or mentally) of the foods you consume regularly, 2) reading food labels, and most importantly, 3) being truthful about your sugar-loving habits. I am not suggesting you tally up the specific amount of sugars in your favorite foods. Rather, this “survey” is simply meant to help you identify ways you can reduce sugar in your favorite foods. Don’t be reluctant to do this – I guarantee it will be eye-opening.
Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, especially on damp, dark mornings. I have fond memories of waking up to scrambled eggs with buttered toast or Mom’s famous omelets. Whatever our breakfast consisted of, it was always very filling but definitely not low in sugar … can you say sweet corn muffins, French toast, pancakes (don’t forget the maple syrup) or homemade coffeecake? Breakfast was indeed a very memorable meal, thanks to a mother who loved to cook but didn’t necessarily strive to follow healthy breakfast recipes.
Now I personally know many people who are successful at improving their eating habits throughout the day, every day, and that includes eating a healthy breakfast. They also appear to be heeding health professional recommendations to reduce the amount of added sugars they’re consuming.
If you and your family enjoy eating a healthy breakfast to start the day right, here are a few yummy breakfast recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products that use less sugar and are incredibly satisfying. Give them a try!
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.