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  • Gluten Free, Reduced Carbohydrate Chocolate Cobbler, 7/24/14

    Gluten Free, Reduced Carbohydrate Chocolate Cobbler, 7/24/14

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:00:44 GMT
    Brandon DouglasPrep Time 30 minBake Time ~35 minCool Time Serve Instantly for Ideal Texture2 ½ cups Splenda Zero Calorie Sweetener, Divided into 1 ½ cups and 1 cup2 cup Gluten Free Bisquick All Purpose flour6 Tbsp ½ cup cocoa, divided respectively4 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt2 cups Whole Milk2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted3 teaspoons Gluten Free vanilla extract½ cup firmly packed Splenda Brown Sugar blend3 cups hot waterPreheat oven to 3500FStir Together 1 ½ cups Splenda Zero Calorie Sweeten...More >>
    Brandon DouglasPrep Time 30 minBake Time ~35 minCool Time Serve Instantly for Ideal Texture2 ½ cups Splenda Zero Calorie Sweetener, Divided into 1 ½ cups and 1 cup2 cup Gluten Free Bisquick All Purpose flour6 Tbsp ½ cup cocoa, divided respectively4 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt2 cups Whole Milk2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted3 teaspoons Gluten Free vanilla extract½ cup firmly packed Splenda Brown Sugar blend3 cups hot waterPreheat oven to 3500FStir Together 1 ½ cups Splenda Zero Calorie Sweeten...More >>
  • Raspberry Lemonade, 7/23/14

    Raspberry Lemonade, 7/23/14

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:09:04 GMT
    Michael LanariKitchen Bath Concepts4 cups fresh lemon juice3 cups sugar1 bag frozen raspberriesIce cubes, for servingSqueeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so b...More >>
    Michael LanariKitchen Bath Concepts4 cups fresh lemon juice3 cups sugar1 bag frozen raspberriesIce cubes, for servingSqueeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so b...More >>
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:12:24 GMT
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>

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This phenomenon is one that we've all heard, all been encouraged by, and all deep down knew that something about eating too much of anything doesn't seem quite right.

It's time for a little debunking!

There's a TON of foods out there that somehow have earned the moniker of "healthy" foods. Now, with some of these sure there's plenty of nutritional value but that doesn't make them a "freebie". Now, remember – just because you can't eat and eat and eat something doesn't mean it's absolutely forbidden!

All I'm saying is, proceed with caution. These foods have slipped their way in to a "good" reputation:

Dried Fruit: Let me ask you, when was the last time you sat down and ate 5+ fresh apricots in a row? Probably never, so that should say something about eating a handful of dried apricots, or any other fruit for that matter! Dried fruit is a fat trap! It has as much as three times the sugar as fresh fruit and lots less fiber, not a good combo. This is something many people notoriously grab at places like airports and the kinds with nuts make it even worse – there can be 7 to 11 servings in these bags! Instead, I'm sure you can find a fresh piece of fruit, even at the airport.

Turkey Burgers: I know it seems like a "safe" bet anywhere you go but for a restaurant turkey burger (I looked at Ruby Tuesday's) you're looking at about 832 calories and 20 grams of fat BEFORE you add any cheese or toppings! But turkey burgers are still healthy… if you make them at home. Jenny-o pre-made patties only clock in at 149 calories! You'd even have room for toppings with one of those tasty bad-boys.

Hummus: Sure, a brand like Athenos is only 50 calories a serving… but a serving is two tablespoons. It's really easy to dunk on until the entire container is gone, and mind you hummus is a carb! Dunking your pita bread in is dunking a carb IN to a carb. First step, try it with a crudité of veggies and stick to the serving size. Or, get a pre-packaged personal version to help stop the madness.

Marinara Sauce: This is one of those examples where there are many benefits to the food, but also surprising to see the dangers of it. Jarred marinara sauce actually can have tons of unnatural sugars in it, and this is certainly something people like to pile on. But it's also chock full of veggies and pumped with lycopene. Choose a jarred sauce that's low in sugar or make your own! It's a lot less complicated than you might think. Choose canned crushed (or diced…or whole!) tomatoes, a can of tomato paste, some water or stock to thin it out as desired and seasonings. Bellissima!

Pickles: These salty suckers may have found some recent fame thanks to a certain person whose name rhymes with "Cookie", but just because pickles start their lives out as veggies doesn't make them a fantastic choice! They're packed with sodium and the makers usually add sugar. Instead, go for a Kirby… which is basically a pickle before it's pickled.

Wasabi Peas: Again, another case of how good things come in small, small servings. Trader Joe's version has 80 calories and 3 grams of fat, plus 190 grams of sodium for just 1/3 a cup. These things are fried, not baked!

Whip Cream: Reddi Whip, even the kind they have the audacity to call "light", can clock in at 600 calories in an entire can. Maybe that seems absurd, who eats an entire can? However, who among us has not ever dared shoot a little extra whip cream directly in to our mouths after piling it on top of our dessert?

Granola: Did you know the average serving of granola is 1/3 a cup? The average household's breakfast bowls are about two cups and granola is something folks eat at least by the bowlful.

Like anything, moderation is key so these foods are by no means off-limits. By all means, have a handful of wasabi peas or a turkey burger, just find a way to work them in to your day.