April 17, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

This chocolate chip blondies recipe combines the best of both worlds- the taste of cookies with the texture of brownies! This no-fail recipe also cuts in half the time it takes to get from batter to tummy since you don’t have to make individual cookies; just mix, pour and bake.

I love my cookies with nuts so I tossed in some pecans (it’s National Pecan Month after all), but you can use any nut you like or none at all. What are your favorite cookie additions?

Photo Courtesy Flickr User Kae71463


Makes 16 squares; Serving is one square


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips, preferably dark (63%) chocolate


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray, line with a 7-inch x 15-inch piece baking parchment allowing ends to overhang. Spray parchment lightly with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, use electric mixer to beat the butter until fluffy, 2 minutes. Add stevia and sugar, beating for 1 minute to combine. Add egg, molasses and vanilla and beat to combine; the mixture will look curdled. Mix in the flour and salt, making a stiff batter. Mix in the nuts and chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean but the center of the pan yields slightly when pressed with your finger. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Lift from the pan and cool the blondies completely on the parchment strip on the rack. Cut the blondies into 16 squares.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 160
Fat: 10g
Carbs: 15g
Protein: 2g
Fiber: <1g
Sodium: 80mg



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April 15, 2015

Debunking Diet Soda Myths

Debunking Diet Soda Myths
Photo courtesy of Flickr User Tom Adams

For over 60 years, consumers have enjoyed sugar-free sodas that provide sweet and fizzy refreshment without the calories of the regular kind. From the early days of Diet Rite Cola and TaB sweetened with cyclamate and saccharin, to the modern day with diet sodas being sweetened with aspartame, the soda industry has evolved to provide an array of low-calorie options from cola and flavored cola to ginger ale, lemon-lime and fruit-flavored varieties. But along with innovation comes confusion about these beverages and how they influence our nutrition and health status. Three of the most common myths about diet soda will be explored in this blog.


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April 14, 2015

Do Yoga Pants and Diet Drinks Make You Fat?

Do Yoga Pants and Diet Drinks Make You Fat


Have you noticed how many more people are wearing sweatpants, yoga pants or leggings instead of jeans these days? If you have, or are among those who have made the switch, it is a growing trend. According to one market report, jean sales have been declining for the last three years while sales of “active pants” have been on the rise.

What you also may have noticed is that not everyone wearing athletic attire looks like they spend a lot of time in the gym.  Do you suspect that their trendy new attire has made them gain weight?


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