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!
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!
Many years have passed since I went trick or treating. Things have changed. Plenty. We, as adults, are paying more attention to the healthfulness of the treats we hand out and serve at Halloween parties. While a smattering of uber-sugary treats are fine, a few go a long way. Halloween can still be a fun-filled holiday without all the sugar-filled treats.
Delicious desserts can still have a place in a healthful diet. In fact, there are simple ways to make traditional recipes a little healthier, including reducing the added sugar content. Just remember that not all sugar substitutes are the same, however, and not all can be used in baking and cooking. That is why SPLENDA® Sweetener Products are a blessing for many bakers and cooks who have discovered ways to make desserts with less added sugar.
Would it still be a Caesar salad without the garlic croutons, or still be a strawberry shortcake without the buttermilk biscuit? If you have been diagnosed as being sensitive to gluten, you are likely to face many recipe challenges. And the task is even harder if you want to lower your added sugar intake, too. But just like learning to make new recipes using ingredients and preparation methods that you haven’t tried before takes practice, you can master the art of gluten free and lower-added sugar cooking and baking to keep your meals real.
Have you been quenching your sweet tooth with baked goods made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener? You’re not alone. Part of the popularity of SPLENDA® Sweeteners is due to their versatility, especially in baking. SPLENDA® Sweeteners can be used just about anywhere sugar is used in baking and cooking. But, are you now waving your caution flag due to some internet chat or news articles that you may have seen that raises questions about the safety of sucralose, the no calorie sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA®? First and foremost, let’s allay any concerns you have about cooking and baking with sucralose, based on a quick review of the science.
My family history of diabetes is no doubt the most important when it comes to my personal health. That’s why I try to eat like I have diabetes. No, I don’t have diabetes but one of the first lines of defense is eating a healthful diet. Although it has been many years, I still have memories of the very limited choices there were for my father when he was initially diagnosed. Today’s availability of no-calorie sweeteners has made eating much more enjoyable for me as well as my relatives who must restrict their intake of sugar-sweetened foods.
It’s easy to replace sugar with a low-calorie sweetener in your morning coffee and to order a diet soda with lunch to save some calories. Using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to make your favorite dessert recipes is another simple way to enjoy something sweet without all the calories of sugar. Speaking of desserts, here’s a great one to share with your friends and guests on the Fourth of July, especially since fresh berries are in season.
A tidal wave of nostalgia swept over me when I discovered a picture online of my favorite (and only) child-safe oven. What a find! Seeing the boxes of cake and cookie mixes and the small aluminum pans made me teary-eyed. It seems as if it was almost yesterday that I was “baking” my first cake in this tiny oven situated in Mom’s kitchen.