Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Summer Kick-off

We had a Memorial Day blast in the backyard yesterday. With the grill blazing a great time was had by all. To top it all off we made these delicious smoothies; and since they were made with Splenda they won't hurt when it comes to that new swimsuit. Those four hot dogs probably will though *ouch!*

Courtesy of Splenda.com

Banana Raspberry Smoothie

What you need:
1 large sliced ripe banana
1 1/4 cups unsweetened frozen raspberries
5 packets SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk

1. Place banana in freezer for 10 minutes or until slightly firm.
2. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thanks Hungry Girl! Celebrate weekends in style

Low-Cal Cherry Vodkatini

(Entire recipe: 105 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, <1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein = 2 Points)

Grab your pals for some low-calorie fruity cocktails!

1.5 oz. vodka
chilled 1 serving (for 8 oz. prepared) sugar-free, artificially sweetened cherry powdered drink mix (such as Sugar Free Kool-Aid) OR unsweetened cherry powdered drink mix (such as Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix)
1 packet SPLENDA (only needed if using unsweetened drink mix)
1 oz. diet cherry lemon-lime soda (such as Diet Cherry 7UP)

Begin by dissolving the drink mix into just 6 oz. of cold water (even though the serving size is for 8 oz.). If using unsweetened drink mix, add the Splenda. Combine just 1/3rd (2 oz.) of this mixture (save the rest for future Vodkatinis!) with the vodka and stir. Pour into a martini glass, top with soda and enjoy! Serves 1.

HG Alternative! Martinis are typically strong cocktails, but if you prefer a lighter (and larger!) beverage, just add some extra soda or cherry drink. You'll still have a super-low-cal cherry cocktail!

Monday, May 14, 2007

No Cake, Just Frosting

Who needs cake when you have Mocha-Hazelnut Cream Cheese Frosting?

(Courtesy of Splenda.com)

1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese
1/2 cup margarine
4 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted, cooled slightly
1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cold brewed Hazelnut Cream SEATTLES BEST COFFEE®

1. Beat Neufchatel cheese and margarine in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add chocolate; mix well.
2. Add SPLENDA® Granulated and light brown sugar alternately with the coffee, beating after each addition until well blended. Beat an additional 2 to 3 min. or until light and fluffy.
3. Use immediately to frost cake or cupcakes. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Store leftover frosting in refrigerator.

How to Melt Chocolate in Microwave

Place completely unwrapped squares of chocolate in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) about 2 min. for every 2 chocolate squares or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. If melting more squares of chocolate, increase the microwave time accordingly.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Soup anyone?

Nothing AT likes better than a steaming bowl of soup on these warm spring days. >;P However, a new study released by Dr. Barbara Rolls (an icon in the world of nutrition science) indicates that eating a bowl of soup before a meal will decrease total caloric consumption (at that meal) by 20%! Who wouldn't like a simple, no brainer way to cut calories. I'm pimping this book, because small calorie reductions have such a big impact on long-term weight management. This spring, the paperback edition of her book, "The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories" is being published by HarperCollins. A summary of this study follows-- read on fellow fashion forward, science geeks!
Contact: Vicki Fong
Penn State
Eating soup will help cut calories at meals Eating low-calorie soup before a meal can help cut back on how much food and calories you eat at the meal, a new Penn State study shows. Results show that when participants in the study ate a first course of soup before a lunch entree, they reduced their total calorie intake at lunch (soup + entrée) by 20 percent, compared to when they did not eat soup.
"This study expands on previous studies about consuming lower-calorie soup as a way to reduce food intake," says co-author Dr. Barbara Rolls, who holds the Guthrie Chair of Nutrition at Penn State. "Earlier work suggests that chunky soup may be the most filling type of soup, so the purpose of this study was to determine whether different forms of soup might have different effects on food intake. "
The study tested whether the form of soup and the blending of its ingredients also affected food intake and satiety. All of the soups tested in the study were made from identical ingredients: chicken broth, broccoli, potato, cauliflower, carrots and butter. However, the methods used to blend the ingredients varied, so that the form of the soup changed. Soups tested included separate broth and vegetables, chunky vegetable soup, chunky-pureed vegetable soup, and pureed vegetable soup.
While researchers thought that increasing the thickness or the amount of chewing required may have made certain forms of soup more filling, results of the study show that low-calorie soup is filling regardless of its form.
Julie Flood, a doctoral student in nutritional sciences at Penn State, and Rolls presented their findings today (May 1, 2007) at the Experimental Biology Conference in Washington, D.C.
"Consuming a first-course of low-calorie soup, in a variety of forms, can help with managing weight, as is shown in this research and earlier studies. Using this strategy allows people to get an extra course at the meal, while eating fewer total calories," says Flood. "But make sure to choose wisely, by picking low-calorie, broth-based soups that are about 100 to 150 calories per serving. Be careful of higher-calorie, cream-based soups that could actually increase the total calories consumed."
The research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The concept of "Volumetrics" -- eating a satisfying volume of food while controlling calories and meeting nutrient requirements -- is based on a series of studies led by Rolls in her Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior.