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!
Staying hydrated is one of the many key recommendations for summer provided by the American Heart Association (AHA), especially before, during and after physical activity. AHA notes, “Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles.” And remember, just sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day can also cause your body to need more fluids.
We hope that you plan on staying well-hydrated this summer. In doing so, why not give these cool and refreshing SPLENDA® drink and pop recipes a try?
Have you ever given thought to your summer beverage habits? Like barbeques and beach getaways, lemonade stands and tall glasses of iced tea are summer staples. As we enter the season of sweet, fruity beverages, now more than ever, we’re conscious of the added sugar and calories we’re drinking.
Just because it is summer and hot temperatures are the forecast du jour, there is no reason to stop preparing delicious homemade desserts.
Summer is also the time when we have finally shed our heavier clothes and opt for lightweight garments that may reveal those few extra pounds gained during gloomy winter months. For those who want to reduce calories from added sugar, here are some divine less added sugar dessert recipes you will want to try.
Even though I am a big proponent of low-calorie sweeteners, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, to lower the calories from sugar in my diet, that doesn’t mean I’m anti-sugar. Far from it! I am reminded of this whenever I’m preparing those less-added-sugar desserts that just wouldn’t turn out right if they didn’t have some sugar in them.
Thankfully, there is a way to get the unique cooking properties of sugar with fewer calories and still get the results you’d expect from full sugar.
Limiting the type and amount of sweets and desserts consumed is important for anyone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle. Readily available nutrition information makes it easier to know what we are eating, and the availability of no calorie sweeteners can help satisfy the sweet tooth, without so many empty calories from sugar.
Let’s take cake for example. I love cake… one of my favorite desserts. Who doesn’t? With a few simple modifications in traditional recipes, you can have your cake and eat it too (although please be sure to still watch your portion size, since all cakes will have a reasonable amount of calories from other ingredients besides sugar)! If you love cake, you will want to check out some enticing cake recipes that are considered “diabetes friendly.”
For quite some time, registered dietitians and other health professionals have urged Americans to cut back on their intake of carbs, in the form of added sugars. However, the naturally occurring sugars (fructose) in fruits are different and not usually considered added sugars. That being said it is important to watch out for sugar that can be added to fruit juices and other canned fruits.
Here are some delicious fruit-based recipes that are made with less added sugar (or no sugar) compared to their traditional counterparts.
Finally! Winter is on its way out and one of my favorite seasons is upon us: spring. The month of March officially ushers in not only spring (March 20), but many of us are lucky enough to return to Daylight Savings Time (March 8). We also should not forget that much beloved spring-green holiday that makes March a little brighter – St. Patrick’s Day. Spring also is a time when many people think about eating lighter meals, exercising more and perhaps trying on new swimwear for the upcoming warmer months.
Americans love drinking hot beverages regardless of the time of year. Coffee is probably the most popular of the hot beverages in the U.S., with tea coming in a close second. No matter if the weather is exceedingly hot or freezing cold, steaming cups of coffee and tea are what fill our personalized mugs, delicate china cups or the cardboard drive-through containers, starting in the wee hours of the morning and continuing throughout the day.
Have you ever stopped to think about why the iconic heart we see everywhere for Valentine’s Day is the symbol of love? I did, and after a little research I learned that in ancient times people believed the heart was the center of all human emotions because it was in the center of the chest. That isn’t a very scientific explanation, but I can’t argue with it since we still don’t have a better answer. Then I started to wonder how chocolate become part of the “love story.” If you love chocolate, you’ll be happy to learn there is a scientific connection!
If you want to find new ways to sweeten your favorite foods using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, there are many online resources that can help. In this blog I’d like to discuss how I personally use SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener most often, in everyday meals.