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!
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.
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).