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!
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child
I have to say that I agree with the dear, late Ms. Child. Cake matters! Cake tastes good. Who doesn’t like cake?
However, cake is traditionally made with a whole lot of sugar, as are other desserts such as cookies, candy, pies and pastries. Until the introduction of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in the US in 1998, it was nearly impossible to successfully make my favorite dessert recipes with significantly less, or no added sugar.
So yes, before you read on, I admit it. I am a huge SPLENDA® Brand fan. I have used no-calorie sweeteners as far back as my college days (when saccharin was the only option), but the introduction of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener proved to me that I can “have my (less sugary) cake and eat it too.”
With SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, you can make almost anything… from sweets like cakes, cookies and pastries to soups and side dishes…without all the added sugar.
Here are 10 sound reasons why many people (including me!) choose SPLENDA® Sweeteners...
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.
What’s the most important “heartfelt” holiday celebrated in February? You get points for knowing Valentine’s Day is on the 14th, but did you also know February is American Heart Month? The goal throughout the month is to raise heart disease awareness, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Then on the first Friday in February we celebrate National Wear Red Day where we not only get to make a fashion statement, but we can use it to remind women they may be at risk of heart disease and not know it.
I hope you agree February is the perfect time to show our love for the ones we love by helping them take steps to keep their hearts healthy!
Now for a harder question: How can we celebrate Valentine’s Day right smack dab in the middle of heart health awareness month and still be kind to our hearts? One simple answer is to have sweet celebrations, with less added sugars. Both the American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend cutting back on added sugars, and using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products is an easy way to do just that!
For many of us, February is more than the harshest month of winter. It also can take a big toll on our newly resolved healthy lifestyle (aka our “resolutions” to start healthier habits as of January 1). There also are the well-known “winter blues” that come with darker and colder days, when we too often put off being physically active.
However, many people have their spirits lifted by some good old competition that involves throwing around a pigskin and kicking field goals. You know what I mean… the professional football playoffs as well as the “Big Game.” At game time suddenly the high calorie snacks and beverages start to magically appear. What is it about these high profile sporting events that make us – fans or not – throw those good healthy lifestyle intentions out the window?
Oh. My. Goodness. Here it is 2016 already. Two months of holiday celebrations are now behind us and it’s time to hunker down when it comes to eating more healthfully. Indeed, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions center around how to start a healthy lifestyle, be it losing weight, exercising more or simply overhauling a diet that often contains too much added sugar.
That’s where sugar substitutes like SPLENDA® Sweetener Products can play an important role. Research shows that cutting back on added sugar intake can be a helpful tool in managing and reducing weight gain.