Here is a recipe for Sugar Free Cookies!. Hey Paula, a lot of my clients are just like you--and they need to have something sweet either after dinner or during the day. Here is a healthy alternative...it is a good stepping stone towards healthier options. Once you can acclimate to having less sugar in your "treats" -- you can move onto things like sorbet and fruits...that are sweet, but do not APPEAR to be the sugar that your mind and body crave.
Hope you like the recipe
1/2 C. softened margarine
1 egg 1 t. vanilla
1/4 C. non-fat dry milk
1/2 C. sugar Twin
1/4 C. water
1 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
2 ounce dietetic choc candy - diced
Cream together margarine and Sugar Twin. Add egg, vanilla, non-fat dry milk and water. Beat 1 minute at medium speed. Fold in chocolate candy. Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° F. for 20-25 minutes. Serving Size : 48 31 calories per cookie.
Sugar Alternatives -- That DONT Spike Insulin Levels. There are several artificial sweeteners on the market that you can use in place of sugar which will not spike insulin levels. Some are natural like Stevia, fructose, and sucralose (Splenda). Some are artificial such as saccharin (Sweet n' Low), aspartame (NutraSweet), and acesulfame potassium (Sweet One) also called acesulfame-K.
First, let me say that with Stevia -- it is very easy to use too much, which will produce an aftertaste. The chemical in Stevia that makes it sweet is 300 times sweeter than sugar. In fact, 1 teaspoon of crushed/powdered Stevia leaves equals 1 cup of sugar! So you may want to try it again but in a much smaller amount.
Sucralose is the non calorie sweetening ingredient in the new sweetener on the market called "Splenda". It is made from sugar and tastes like sugar, but is not a carbohydrate. Studies have shown that it does not affect blood glucose control or insulin levels. It is not toxic or carcinogenic, does not cause genetic or hormonal changes, and does not promote dental cavities.
Artificial sweeteners also have no calories and do not raise blood glucose levels. However, some can be carcinogenic; some cannot be used in baking, and most produce a less than desirable texture and taste in foods.
To learn more about sweeteners, read:
(1) Aspartame (NutraSweet) Toxicity Info Center at http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/
(2) Splenda information at http://www.splenda.com/
The Real Thing. I know there are tons of substitutes out there, and lots of healthy fruit, but for me the only thing to satisfy a craving is often the food I'm craving. Just have a VERY small portion of whatever it is. Even one or two bites will make you feel indulgent and not like you're depriving yourself. You know where that leads... Off the wagon. For chocolate urges I always have Hershey's Miniatures on hand!
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