Healthy Living… Essentially

For those of you that have been following along… I’ve been making a serious effort to live healthier. This has meant going to the gym several times a week, training with a trainer, attending cooking classes at Love’n the Kitchen, and changing our eating habits.

Part of changing our eating habits has been replacing certain food items. It’s sort of a take on “eat this… not that”. We’ve ditched butter in our cooking almost entirely. We’ve replaced skillet fried meals with George Foreman grilling. Whole fat, greasy chips have been replaced with baked varieties. And this week… we’ve made a swap in our baking ingredients: Splenda Essentials for sugar.

The recipe is one of my own. The only replacement was to swap out the sugar in my recipe for Splenda Essentials with Fiber. This no calorie sweetener has the same sweet taste of Splenda, but also has an added benefit of a gram of fiber. It’s also packaged in a bag that makes it easy to measure out.

The biggest benefit for this switch? Lowering the carbs from added sugar allows Allison, age 5, who has Type 1 Diabetes, to enjoy baked goods in a healthier way. Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetner Products are helping me to make better choices for my family without taking away dessert.

Kelly’s Essential Splenda Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

The food that we eat… whether it’s dessert or not… doesn’t just influence the way we look. It also influences the way that we feel. Taking control of the types of foods we’re putting into our bodies will help manage our weight and get us closer to our over all health goals as a family.

Because I’ve personally had such a great experience using Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener… I’m going to share a fabulous prize package with you.

One lucky winner will receive ($75 value):

One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber packets
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber granulated
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener to-go mug
One (1) Splenda-yellow blender
Two (2) Splenda-yellow bowls
One (1) Splenda-yellow fruit juicer  

The Rules:

Leave me a comment on small healthy changes you’ve been making in the lives of your family and “Like” Splenda on Facebook. One entry per contact method (Email or Twitter).

The winner (who leaves some way for me to reach them) will be announced on Friday, Oct. 21st. Contest is closed on Thursday, Oct. 20th, midnight pst.

Disclaimer: I wrote this post on my own. The recipe is my own. The thoughts and feelings of my health journey have been my own. Splenda financially supported the use of their product in this post. I’d be baking cookies regardless. xoxo


  1. Linda Carello says:

    We drink less soda and more water

  2. angie says:

    been changing the menu to a more balanced meal and I also like splenda on facebook

  3. Linda Lansford says:

    We do not drink soda anymore and “Like” Splenda on Facebook

  4. Ivy Morgan says:

    I am a big fan of Splenda and would love to win this prize pack!

  5. CATHY TRUMAN says:

    We eat alot of fresh veggies and fruit
    drink more water and take a walk everyday.
    Likes Splenda on Facebook
    (Cathy Truman)

  6. Janice says:

    I’ve been trying to drink at least one liter of water a day at work–instead of all the soda! Seems to be working, I feel a lot better. I like Splenda on facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Deborah Rosen says:

    I’ve been replacing part of the flour used to bake our bread with whole grain flour…a little at a time, so no one notices lol.

  8. Janna Johnson says:

    I drink way more water
    Blogtacular contest! Thanks so much! Janna Johnson
    Janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  9. Kathy Pomeroy says:

    all regular pop has been changed to diet pop and no one has really noticed the difference…well, DH did drop 10lbs in one year!!

  10. Brandy says:

    I have been trying to only purchase food items from the farmers market trying to eat fresh daily, sometimes Its hard but we try

  11. shirley fin says:

    I’ve been feeding my family salad instead of carbs for dinner.

  12. shirley fin says:

    like splenda on fb

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  14. I started using the lighter versions of mayo and butter.I like Splena on facebook.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  15. Bets says:

    We grow our our garden and eat a lot more green vegi’s from it.

  16. Julie L says:

    cut back on fats/sugar use less sodium
    like Splenda on fb Julie Scott Laws

  17. 409cope says:

    We take more walks and cut back on desserts.

  18. Rosanne Morrison says:

    Like Splenda on Facebook-Rosanne M
    We walk especially when it’s sunny, drink reverse osmosis water and try to get a lot of sleep when we can

  19. elangomatt says:

    I have only been drinking coffee regularly for about 2 years now, but I have never used regular sugar in my coffee. I always use either Splenda or some other form of Stevia. I have also been eating a side salad with a light dressing before dinner recently so I won’t eat as much of the much less healthy main courses.

  20. Lauren says:

    I started cooking a lot more green veggies and a lot less starches. neyaney ^at^ gmail

  21. Jenn S. says:

    Less red meat and more veggies. Trying to cut back on soft drinks as well. Like Splenda on facebook.

  22. Heather A says:

    We have been buying DreamFields Pasta grown and processed in North Dakota. It has a 65% lower glycemic index for healthy carb living. The spaghetti is great!

  23. April V. says:

    I stopped eating red meat and have added whole grains and flax to my diet.

  24. Tonya Dean says:

    We stopped drinking soda and have been trying to buy more fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.


  25. Erica C. says:

    I like Splenda on facebook :) Lately, I’ve been drinking more water to try to be healthier.

  26. Hi! Thanks for the great giveaway! I look forward to following you! My family made a small change buy buying NO junk foods at all. We much on carrots, veggies and dip and sliced fruits. It just makes you feel better about yourself to live healthier.
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

  27. I liked Splenda on facebook.
    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

  28. I am following you on twitter.

    Angela Michels
    lilsweeper76 at yahoo dot com

  29. amie d says:

    We have stopped drinking sodas and are eating more fruits and veggies. I like Splenda on FB under Rene D. Thanks!

  30. ferriz says:

    we cut out processed packaged food and cook from real ingredients instead of things we cant pronounce.

    fb fan them xferriza2 danielle b


  31. Wanda P says:

    Like on facebook as Wanda Jean
    I drink more crystal light rather than soda pop.

  32. Julie L says:

    like Splenda on fb Julie Scott Laws
    I have cut back on sugars/fat/sodium

  33. Judy says:

    Like on FB…
    We don’t eat out often, do not drink soda and always have veggies and fruits in the house to snack on.

  34. dddiva says:

    We’ve been packing lunches without adding a lot of processed or fat & calorie laden foods.

    1. dddiva says:

      I forgot to say I already like Splenda on FB Sherry Conrad

  35. Kristin Kennedy says:

    I like Splenda on FB.

    To eat healthier in our house, I use minimal oils, and even then, I stick whith extra virgin olive oil. We’ve also cut way back on our red meat consumption. I use a lot more ground turkey now.

  36. dddiva says:

    I follow you on Twitter @dddiva

  37. Hollie Miranda says:

    We eat less sugar and more veggies. We have cut out soda and drink more juice. We have family play days instead of watching tv.

  38. Hollie Miranda says:

    I “Like” Splenda on Facebook.

  39. April Bever says:

    We drink way more water then Soda.

  40. James Murphy says:

    we are cutting coffee and sugar pop and drink more water!!! And I’m a fb fan of Splenda!!!

  41. susan smoaks says:

    we have started drinking more water and taking walks in the evening

    fb fan tony l smoaks

  42. Robert Ranieri says:

    I’m encouraging the family to get more exercise as I train for a marathon…like Splenda on Facebook

  43. Charlene Kuser says:

    We have switched to whole wheat bread instead of white and spend more time outside during the day rather than watch TV

    1. Charlene Kuser says:

      I Like Splenda on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

  44. Jacque says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I have always been pretty strict with sugars and candies. Probably why they get SOOO excited for birthdays because there will be cake. I do buy whole wheat bread, fruits, attempt to get them to eat as many veggies as I can, and anything I can get that is very low in sugar. If we eat out I always opt for the healthy side and drink which they never argue with because they love fruit and milk. :)