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 teaspoon vanilla extract
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
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