Reduce Sugar Intake Tips
Rather than punch through those chocolate heart-shaped boxed searching for the candies containing nuts, opt for a giant chocolate dipped strawberry. Dark chocolate will deliver a few healthy benefits.
Although this decadent treat isn't low in calories or fat - the strawberry makes a much wiser choice over sugar-loaded candy.
Substitute any of the following for sugar in recipes for a sweet, moist result: fresh dates, mashed fresh banana, figs, fresh peaches, applesauce, fresh berries and most any type of dried fruits.
Although more always sounds better, sometimes less is more. Cutting back on sugar slowly will allow the taste buds to adjust and the dieter will save a plethora of calories. How many?
One cup of sugar contains about 800 calories. Two level tablespoons equals 1/4 cup which equals 200 calories if that Tablespoon is balanced with sugar. If that sugar goes into a glass of iced tea - the calories go from zero to 200 in nothing flat.
Now if the dieter were to cut back on sugar intake, those 200 calories could easily transform into 50-75 calories - which isn't bad for a glass of delicious sweetened iced tea.
Get out of the sugar rut by experimenting with the taste of honey. Honey is one of the most fascinating sweeties and stems from most any flowering throb of nature that bees fancy - even from dandelions.
Take note that some flowering throbs may not be edible for humans.
Assemble the following strawberry shortcake for about 225 delicious, low fat calories:
-1 small dessert shell OR a thin slice of angel food or pound cake (allow 100 calories)
-Top cake with 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries that have been drizzled with 1 Tablespoon of warm strawberry jam. (allow 50 calories for the jam)
- Dollop with 2 Tablespoons of whipped topping. (allow 50 calories).
- Add a mint leaf for added beauty.
This very simple recipe renders gourmet-like results. Simply prepare a box of chocolate cake mix and pour into two round cake pans. Bake as instructed on box.
Allow cakes to cool then spread on a thin layer of whipped topping - any variety from vanilla to chocolate.
Next, invert large strawberries (be sure to wash and de-stem before adding to cake). Drizzle with a bit of chocolate syrup OR dust with powder sugar. Makes two beautiful cakes for chocolate lovers!
To calculate calories, check calories on cake box label. Strawberries contain about 45 calories per cup - so measure out the strawberries before you top the cakes.
Add in any toppings you used then divide the number of slices into the total calorie amount to determine calories for individual slices.
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