November 21, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Easy Holiday Bread Pudding

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

easy bread pudding 500 Skinny Recipe: Easy Holiday Bread Pudding
Photo courtesy Flickr user Vegan Feast Catering

When you just don’t have time to make an intricate dessert, this bread pudding will impress your family or guests and be ready in no time. Easily double this recipe if you’re bringing it to a holiday potluck. If it’s a small group, serve with melted vanilla ice cream for a fast cream sauce (no one will ever know how easy it all was)!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 cup stale bread cubes
1 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons Sweet ‘N Low zero calorie sweetener
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raisins
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: sugar-free whipped cream, sugar-free powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish and set aside.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, heat the milk until small bubbles start to form around the edges of the pan. Turn off the hear and take milk off the stovetop. Do not allow the milk to start boiling.

Place the bread cubes in a medium bowl and add the scalded milk. Soak the bread in the milk for five minutes; mix in Sweet ‘N Low, cinnamon and raisins. Pour in beaten eggs and vanilla and blend well. Pour into greased baking dish and bake for about 50 minutes, or until firm.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes. Serve with sugar-free whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar or drizzle with some melted vanilla ice cream for an easy cream sauce.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 95
Calories from Fat: 23
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 83mg
Sodium: 124mg
Potassium: 170mg
Total Carbohydrates: 12g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 6g

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November 20, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

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Growing up, my family never had sweet potato casserole as part of our Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. Once we made the move down South though, I quickly realized what I had been missing. Sweet and creamy potato covered in ooey, gooey melted marshmallows; let’s be honest- sweet potato casserole is just an excuse to start dessert early.

With all the butter, cream and sugar found in a traditional sweet potato casserole, it’s not hard to go overboard before the apple pie and coffee even has a chance to cool. Here I kept everything we love about sweet potatoes- the creamy texture and the gooey marshmallows on top, but cut the added sugar by replacing it with fruit and Stevia. Now you’ll have plenty of room for apple pie (and maybe even a little vanilla ice cream on top)!

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November 19, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Ham with Cherry Sauce

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every day leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

baked ham cherry sauce 500 Skinny Recipe: Ham with Cherry Sauce

Turn a plain baked ham into a festive holiday meal with this easy-to-make cherry sauce. Canned (or frozen) tart cherries, pineapple juice and Equal provide just enough sweetness, without the extra calories- save those for dessert!

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November 19, 2014

Quick Tip: Holiday buffet survival

Thanksgiving likely means you’ll be faced with an overloaded buffet.  Instead of worrying, take advantage of the opportunity to practice some dining skills. Survey the food on the table, and make a decision about what you want to eat most. Take a small sampling of everything you want, as long as it fits onto one plate. Then sit down to eat and don’t get a second helping; you have to leave room to sample a dessert or two after all!

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November 18, 2014

New Study: Low-Calorie Sweeteners Don’t Cause Sweet Cravings

splenda minis sweetener 500 New Study: Low Calorie Sweeteners Don’t Cause Sweet Cravings

Great news for anyone who uses low-calorie sweeteners like sucralose, aka Splenda, to cut down on daily sugar consumption! New research confirms sweeteners do not cause you to crave more sweet tasting foods in your diet!

Conducted at the Sensory Evaluation Center at Penn State, the study found that low-calorie sweeteners didn’t have greater sweet sensations, or cause cravings, when compared to sugar.

The researchers concluded that, “NNS [non-nutritive sweeteners] are not super-stimuli with regard to perceived sweetness intensity. That is, although NNS may have greater binding affinity to sweet receptors, this does not imply NNS over stimulate sweet receptors as has been implied previously.”

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