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!
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.
Imagine: It’s around six o’clock on just about any weekday night. Are you asking yourself what’s for dinner? Do you then head home and put together a planned-in-advance healthy meal? Or do you cave in to an easy route to dinner that varies between picking up a ready-to-eat meal at your local supermarket - perhaps a roasted chicken or meat loaf and sides, calling in an order for pizza to be delivered to your doorstep in a flash, or stopping by a neighborhood restaurant to eat in or take out?
Luckily there is no need for holiday cookies to be the high-sugar versions of days gone by! Thank goodness SPLENDA® Sweeteners have come to the rescue. You can indeed have your sugar cookies (and other favorites) and eat them, too, without all the extra sugar. Here are a few popular holiday-oriented cookie recipes you may want to try, with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of full sugar.
One of the things that makes holidays so special is the food. Even though there is no law against roasting a turkey in February or baking sugar cookies in July, many of us rarely do. Instead, we reserve our favorite recipes for certain days of the year when we can eat them while celebrating with family and friends.
If you’re looking forward to enjoying some traditional holiday fare in the weeks ahead, but dread the holiday weight gain that can often go with it, there is a way to “have your cake and eat it too.” And it can even start with dessert!