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!
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.
Research shows kids are snacking too often and the foods they choose are too often salty snacks, candy, sweets and sweetened beverages, foods with too many calories and not enough nutrients. Pair this with the knowledge that children need to eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes, low fat dairy foods, and substitute whole grains for refined grains. Unfortunately too much snacking and too many calories from less-than-healthy snacks is one reason that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese.
It’s time to get a knack for healthy snacks. Here are some tips for healthy snacking for kids, smart snack ideas and recipes to whet your kids’ appetites.
Have you tallied the calories from your favorite homemade cocktails? The average mixer in a cocktail adds about 100 to 200+ calories per serving.
If you’re trying to limit calories, particularly from cocktails, I’ve got good news. But, before I whet your whistle with recipes for lower calorie cocktails made with the new SPLENDA ZERO™ Liquid Sweetener, let’s discuss the upsides and downsides of drinking alcohol, daily limits, and the calories in different types of mixed drinks and liquor.
We can all agree that nutrition and life events play an important role in nourishment and development for optimal health. How to achieve optimal health, however, is where it can be a bit challenging. Quite often good nutrition is associated in people’s minds with tasteless foods, drastic life changes, and deprivation of everything satisfying. But, nutritious food doesn’t have to be tasteless, and it definitely doesn’t have to be boring. With some willingness, creativity, and patience, healthy eating can be both interesting and satisfying!
To give you a more descriptive idea, I’ve created a list of my top tips for making tasty healthy recipes.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and an occasional steak. These are foods that often come to mind when grilling season is in full swing. But thanks to the internet and television cooking shows, there’s been an explosion of culinary possibilities that stretch from the kitchen all the way to the outdoor barbeque grill.
Would it be fair to your taste buds if you did not expand your culinary bucket list to include other “grillable” foods and accompaniments? I say NO! So here are some distinctive summer grilling recipes and ideas you will want to try. All of them use SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of full sugar.
Your favorite summer beverage may be brimming with more calories than you think. Most Americans consume nearly 20 teaspoons of added sugars each day, which, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), is triple the recommended daily limit for women and double for men!
SPLENDA® Brand has teamed up with the AHA to inspire you to put down those full-calorie beverages, and choose a healthier lifestyle this summer and throughout the year. These drinks are the #1 source of added sugar in our diet, and by committing to “Sip Smarter” you can replace them with water and other no or low calorie drinks.
Taking added sugars into account, here are some easy, low added sugar drink recipes I recommend that are perfect for summer!
Maybe you’ve been a vegetarian for as long as you can remember, and then developed type 2 diabetes as an adult. Or maybe you received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes as a child and decided during your teen years to become a vegetarian. Either way, if this describes you or someone you know, you may be wondering if it is possible to combine a vegetarian diet with one to manage diabetes.
The simple answer is yes, vegetarian meal plans and diabetes diets are compatible and both can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
The goal for any diet is to meet your personal nutritional requirements, but there are endless ways to do that based on what is available, affordable and acceptable to you. Vegetarians who only eat pizza and French fries are not making the best choices possible to meet their needs. People with diabetes who never eat fruit or whole grains aren’t either.