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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #54 -- Cooking with Splenda over the Holidays
December 01, 2006
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Sometimes over the holidays, it is challenging to make the sweeter foods for friends and family who are diabetics and so want to eat what everyone else is eating.
Chef Kyle (www.chefkyle.com)explains how Splenda can come to the rescue....Splenda is a no-calorie sweetener derived from sugar, but is suitable for people with diabetes.
It is not recognized by the body as a carbohydrate and has no calories, thus, it has no effect on short or long term blood glucose control.
Unlike saccharin and aspartame, Splenda stays sweet during cooking and baking and does not break down under heat, but it does tend to become bitter if used in very large quantities. Splenda is 600 times sweeter than table sugar.
Splenda is available in two forms – granular, which measures and pours like sugar for use in baking; and in little yellow rectangular packets, which can be used with beverages, fruit, and cereal.
Splenda is a great replacement for sugar in baking diabetic desserts but the volume in a bread recipe may increase due to the sugar being reduced in the recipe. And keep in mind that often recipes made with Splenda tend to bake faster than usual.
So start experimenting and try the pumpkin bread recipe below (especially if you have some extra cans of pumpkin left from Thanksgiving!)
Try the easy recipe below:
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Pumpkin Pecan Bread
Serves 6 - 10 slices.
Start to Finish: 50 minutes
This holiday favorite is sure to please the most discerning of your guests.
¼ cup canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 large egg white
½ cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons Splenda
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, pumpkin, whole egg, egg white, buttermilk, molasses, and Splenda.
In a large bowl, measure the flour, baking powder and soda, spices, and nuts.
Stir and make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the well and stir just until all flour is moistened. Do not overmix.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes until the crack appears dry and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan and set back on the rack to finish cooling.
Source: Unbelievable Desserts with Splenda by Marlene Koch, Registered Dietitian.
The pumpkin is a winter squash that is harvested when fully ripe. The thick, hard shell of winter squash is inedible and acts as a protection for a long storage period.
Look for a pumpkin that is firm, heavy for its size, and with a dull-colored skin, indicating it was picked when fully ripe. It should still have part of its stem, which slows down the loss of moisture.
Pumpkins will keep for a period ranging from 1 week to 6 months. They should be stored away from the light and should not be exposed to extreme cold or heat. A temperature between 50-60 degrees F is recommended. Pumpkin freezes well especially in a puree or blended form.
Wash and scoop out the seeds and flesh of the pumpkin with a spoon. Pumpkins contain more carbohydrates and are higher in calories than other summer squash varieties.
They are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A; they also contain vitamin C, folic acid, and copper.
Check out a new water drink company that was founded by Kara Goldin, a mother of four who cares about providing healthy beverages to families....she talks more below about Hint..
The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.
No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.
Sound good? It tastes even better.
We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.
Hint is available in many specialty markets and is also sold in fine spas and hotels. If Hint is not yet available in your favorite store, please ask for it.
Hint is adding new stores, spas and hotels every week and are also interested in school and corporate lunch programs.
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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