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!
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.
How can we overcome our daily obstacles and accomplish at least a fraction of what we dream about every day? As a dietitian and mother of two college students, I am here to share a few healthy eating tips that have worked not only for my own family, but also for many of the individuals I encounter every day.
Let’s face it, you may not become the next domestic diva, but by starting with some simple steps today, you can actually make some impressive and lasting improvements for your tomorrow. Before anything else, take a deep breath and relax; remember that anything that is valuable takes time and patience for it to be established. Now that we are calm and collected, let’s get started with some healthy planning tips so you can make some of those dreams happen today!
Springtime has special meaning for each of us. It’s a renewal. An awakening. Time for basketball and hockey playoffs and a new baseball season. A time to put away the heavy winter duds and get out those clothes you have not had on for months and months! When I was growing up, three April birthdays also meant lots of yummy food in our house. But when I reminisce about our favorite foods and how much sugar and calories we ate during those April celebrations, I feel happy for the good times but sad that we did that to our bodies. We really overindulged in sugar and calories, without thinking of the consequences (and I actually have some old 35mm color slides to prove it!).
The importance of reducing added sugar intake has become a critical public health message, as outlined in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020).
You and only you control what goes into your recipes! If you are trying to make more healthful foods, having the ability to cook and bake with less sugar can be extremely helpful, whether you are making a dessert or salad with less added sugar.
Chilly weather does not magically go away when the calendar says winter is behind us. Wave goodbye to winter with these four delicious less added sugar breakfast recipes to help welcome your taste buds back to spring! Even if you live in warmer climates you can always enjoy these breakfast recipes and brunch ideas that do not call for a lot of sugar.
Every generation of parents faces different challenges when it comes to raising their children. That may explain why grandparents and their adult children don’t always see eye-to-eye over what a child should eat for breakfast. Yet the one part of childhood nutrition they usually do agree on is the need to reduce the amount of added sugars children consume.
Back when I was in elementary school parents and teachers warned us to cut back on added sugars to avoid cavities and those dreaded trips to the dentist for drillings and fillings. Today, thanks to fluoridated water and better dental hygiene, childhood tooth decay is better controlled. Now children face rising rates of obesity and excess added sugars are being blamed for contributing to the problem.
When it comes to those healthy eating should dos, it’s hard to always, even almost always, get these should dos done. That’s understandable! In our fast paced lives time is of the essence leaving little wiggle room for shopping for, preparing and eating healthy meals. Add to this the accessibility of way too much less-than-healthy ready-to-chow-down supermarket and restaurant foods. Yes, in total a big challenge!
Ready for handfuls of quick and easy time management meal prep tips solutions to conquer this challenge and be more successful at eating healthy in 2016? Excellent, because I’m ready to dish them out.