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Eight Great Pre-Wedding Health Tips

by Jennifer Wieland
Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation


Pre-Wedding Health Tips

If you’re about to get married or you’re playing a big role in your loved ones’ wedding, slimming down might be on your to do list. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the big day.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation

Start Well In Advance

If you’d like to lose 10 pounds or more, that weight will take more than a few weeks to come off. It’s not realistic to have a goal to drop 30 pounds in two months, so start as far in advance as you can. Slow, steady weight loss is your best option for staying sane and keeping the weight off for the long run. Fad diets might work to quickly drop a few pounds, but you’re likely to feel miserable and gain all the weight back as soon as you stop dieting. For sustainable weight loss, start changing your habits several months before the wedding.

Drink Water Before Each Meal

The trick to glowing skin and a healthy digestive system is hydration. It can be hard to get the recommended eight glasses of water per day, so consider purchasing a “timer bottle.” This type of water bottle is marked with each hour of the day to remind you to pause every so often to take a sip. You should aim for at least two liters of water intake per day. Try drinking 500 mL of water upon waking to rev up your metabolism, and also drink a glass of water before each meal. This will help you feel full and prevent overeating.

Find Healthy Alternatives

When you’re preparing for a wedding, high fat foods like mayonnaise and salad dressing should be avoided. However, if a salad is only tolerable with a big dose of dressing, there’s no need to give up what you love. Hampton Creek offers a line of sustainably produced, guilt-free eggless mayo and salad dressing, so you can still enjoy added flavor on salads and sandwiches.

Snack on Vitamin C-Rich Foods

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times in your life. Combined with long hours at work, your immune system can quickly tank if you don’t take care of yourself. To keep your immune system working to the best of its ability, snack on foods rich in Vitamin C, like strawberries. For even more Vitamin C and other nutrients, you can make a green smoothie for breakfast a few times a week to give you the energy you need to get you through the potentially stressful months to come.

Cut Down on Sugary Drinks

If you love going to your favorite coffee shop for a sugary concoction every morning, now is the perfect time to start cutting down. Drinking your calories is one of the most common ways of getting excess calories that your body doesn’t need, and too much sugar is also unhealthy. Alcoholic beverages are a big source of sugar, so try to cut down on these as well. Sugary drinks like cocktails can leave you feeling bloated, so especially in the weeks leading up to the wedding, stick to water or sugar-free tea.

Get Plenty of Omega 3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in giving your skin a healthy glow. Two to three times per week, incorporate fish like salmon and tilapia into your meal plans. Some fish, like swordfish and mackerel, are high in mercury. It’s best to avoid those types of fish.

Get Your Rest

Don’t let wedding planning consume your life. Although this is likely to be an exciting and stressful time, try not to let planning every single detail take priority over important matters like adequate sleep. Wedding planning takes a lot of time and energy, but you should prioritize self-care and not get too caught up in the details.

Eight great ways to say "I do" to a healthier you! #Wedding #Preperation


Preparing for a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. It can simultaneously be the happiest time of your life, and the most stress inducing. If you’d like to start changing your habits to shed a few pounds before the big day, make sure to drink enough water, stock up on vitamin rich foods like berries and salmon, and seek out healthy alternatives to high fat foods. Remember to set realistic, reachable goals so you aren’t tempted to try a fad diet in order to quickly drop the weight. No matter what, prioritize your beauty sleep and try to enjoy the experience instead of getting overwhelmed.



Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices
The information and Taste tickets have been provided by Humana so that I could try some of the Humana Healthier Choices and share my thoughts and information about these items. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Humana.


Taste of Chicago is a staple of summer in Chicago. If you aren’t familiar with Taste of Chicago it’s like the biggest, baddest picnic you can go to. Food greats from all over the Chicagoland area sell food items so that you can get a true taste of what Chicago has to offer the foodies of the world. Don’t worry if you’re trying to eat healthier Humana has you covered. The Humana Healthier Choice options at Taste of Chicago will keep you looking swimsuit fab or keep your health on track all while getting to enjoy a great summer event in Chicago.

When you arrive at The Taste of Chicago you first head to a ticket booth and purchase strips of tickets. These strips of tickets work in place of cash at the vendor booths. Most booths offer multiple food items and you can often get regular and taste portion sizes. This year The Taste of Chicago runs from July 6th-10th in Grant Park.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices

About Humana Healthier Choices Options (full list of menu items at the end of the email):

  • This year’s program features 75 healthy food options – the most in the program’s history – from 29 Chicago restaurants that meet nutritional criteria.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices will be identified by a new logo for 2016 – a green “H” with a circular arrow around it – which can be found on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths.
  • The Humana Healthier Choices list of items will be handed out at the Humana tent and can be downloaded at the Taste of Chicago website, via and through the newly established Taste of Chicago app.
  •  For the second consecutive year, the 2016 list will also spotlight 49 vegetarian options – nearly two-thirds of the list – to cater to a larger sampling of health-conscious attendees.
  • The program is also promoting six gluten-free items from the restaurant, Dia De Los Tamales, to accommodate the evolution of changing dietary restrictions and preferences.
  • All of the restaurants participating in the 2016 Taste of Chicago were invited to submit their menu items for consideration for the Humana Healthier Choices program.
  • For an item to be considered, restaurants must submit nutritional details including calories, sodium content, saturated fat and the list of ingredients.
  • A panel of five top Chicago-area physicians with expertise in diet and nutrition collaboratively judged each item to assure that nutritional values were met.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices

Humana Healthier Choices Rewards Program:

  • After receiving a free Humana Healthier Choices Tag, which comes with a lanyard for a hands-free and convenient experience, participants can collect stamps by sampling any Humana Healthier Choices food item or participating in healthy activities at the Humana tent.
  • Once Taste-goers receive six stamps, they can drop off their badge at the Humana tent to be entered into random prize drawings, donated by the Taste of Chicago restaurants.
  • Prize winners will be announced on the evening of July 10.
  • On social media, Taste-goers are encouraged to join the conversation and share their Humana Healthier Choices food items on Instagram, mentioning @Humana, #TasteofChi and #HealthierChoices. 

Humana’s HappIEST Hour: Mocktail Challenge for Charity

Humana, along with WXRT-FM,  will host a healthy mocktail challenge between Catherine De Orio, host of WTTW-TV’s “Check, Please!,” and WXRT DJ Mary Dixon, who will defend her title as the winner of the healthy salsa challenge Humana hosted at the 2015 Taste of Chicago. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, and include recipes filled with ingredients that provide healthier alternatives to common drinks. The panel of guest judges will include Chicago Bears alum Jay Hilgenberg and Jeff Joniak, WXRT DJ Johnny Mars and Supreme Lobster & Seafood Co.’s Carl Galvan. Following the event, Humana will award a donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

Humana Tent at Taste of Chicago

Take a break from the July heat by enjoying a shaded seating area in the Humana tent, which will feature basic ways of staying healthy, including jumping rope, hula hooping and dancing, as well as a photo booth and prize wheels. The tent will be located on Columbus Drive between Jackson Blvd and the Buckingham Fountain.

Humana Healthier Choices Options at Taste of Chicago #TasteofChi #HealthierChoices 

Humana Healthier Choices for Taste of Chicago 2016

(vegan options noted by a V)

Appetizers/Starters – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Seaweed Salad (V) – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Buta Hara – Arami

·         Taste Portion of Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Taste Portion of Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant 

·         Taste Portion of Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Taste Portion of Doner Box – Doner Men

·         Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chili Lime Watermelon (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Ginger Garlic Wings – Iyanze

·         Taste Portion of Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Tacos – La Cocinita

·         Taste Portion of Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Taste Portion of Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Taste Portion of Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Celtic Corn on the Cob (V) – O’Brien’s Restaurant

·         Sweet Potato Potato Salad (V) – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Bao to the Pork – Pork & Mindy’s

·         Taste Portion of Pulled Chicken Slider – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

Main Dishes – Less than 500 calories, 500 mg sodium and 4 g saturated fat

·         Veggie Burger (V) – Beat Kitchen

·         Mustard Fried Catfish – BJ’s Market

·         Grilled Steak Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Alligator – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Smoked Rattlesnake with Rabbit – Chicago’s Dog House

·         Taste Portion of Chicken Sambussa – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Vegetarian Messob Misir Wat and Tikle Gomen (V) – Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

·         Donër Box – Donër Men

·         Avocado Toast (V) – Farmer’s Fridge

·         Chicken Sandwich (without cheese) – Gino’s Steaks Truck

·         Vegetarian Greens and Plantains (V) – Iyanze

·         Jerk Chicken – Iyanze

·         Chap Chae (V) – Jin Ju

·         Chicken Ke-Bob Curry Rice with Vegetables – Kasia Deli

·         Black Bean & Cheese Arepa with Salsa Verde – La Cocinita

·         Chicken Taco – La Cocinita

·         Malnati Salad (V) – Lou Malnati’s

·         Avocado Fries (V) – nana

·         Cauliflower Salad (V) – nana

·         Pulled Chicken Sandwich – Pork chop

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Chicken Satay – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pot Stickers – Star of Siam

·         Taste Portion of Pad Thai Noodles – Star of Siam

·         Reverse Coney (V) – Taco in a Bag

·         Taste Portion of Grilled Cheese (V) – The Fat Shallot

·         Taste Portion of Plantain and Jollof (V) – Vee Vee’s African Restaurant

Desserts – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat

·         Taste Portion of Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Lemon Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Blood Orange Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Pineapple Sorbet (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Taste Portion of Peanut Butter Brownie (V) – Caffe Gelato

·         Dinky Donut (2) (V) – Dinky Donuts

·         Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Lemon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Taste Portion of Italian Watermelon Ice (V) – Franco’s Ristorante

·         Lemon-Lime Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Mango Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Strawberry Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Taste Portion of Watermelon Paleta (V) – La Mexicana

·         Southern Red Velvet Morsel of Love (V) – Ms. Tittle’s Cupcake

·         Mango Sorbet (V) – Star of Siam

·         Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (V) – The Fudge Pot

·         Frozen Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Mango Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Frozen Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

·         Taste Portion of Original Kefir (V) – The Lifeway Kefir Shop

The following six items, provided by the restaurant Dia De Los Tamales, do not meet the Humana Healthier Choices nutrition criteria but provide options for Taste-goers with gluten-free dietary restrictions

·         Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Taste Portion of Slow Roasted Cuban Pork Tamale with Cuban Fricase

·         Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Taste Portion of Spicy Black Bean & Corn Tamale with Salsa Roja (V)

·         Buffalo Chicken Tamale with Blue Cheese, Shredded Carrot and Celery

·         Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Tamale with Red Pepper Crema (V)




How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

by Jennifer Wieland
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy



Most parents will tell you that getting their kids to eat healthy is an uphill battle, surpassed only by wrestling kids down for a nap or perhaps getting them into the tub for a much-needed bath. And yet, it’s critical to get something of real, nutritional value into your kids’ bellies. They can’t just eat pizza and fruit snacks all day, every day—so what’s a poor parent to do?

Well, a lot of it boils down to creative thinking. Think critically about how you prepare, present, and plate healthy foods, and you may be surprised by how willing your kids are to eat substantive, nutritious foods.

We’ll show you what we mean in the list that follows.

Creative Ways to Present Healthy Food to Your Kids

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy


Some unique ways to make healthy eating fun for your kids include:

  • Turn sunny-side-up eggs into egg flowers! Use colorful bell pepper pieces to create the outer edges of the flowers, with the eggs themselves in the middle.
  • You can also use veggies to create a skeleton! Use a bowl of ranch dressing as the head, making a face in it with tomatoes or bell paper pieces. You can use sliced cucumber, peppers, and carrots to fill out the rest of the body. This is an especially fun idea for a Halloween-themed veggie tray!
  • This one will be a bit labor-intensive, but if you’re willing to cut some equal-sized cubes of fruit, you can stack them together to form a visually stunning Rubik’s cube fruit salad! Whoa!
  • Another fun idea is to cut an apple into the shape of a friendly owl! To see how, check out these images and instructions.
  • You can pretty easily smuggle broccoli into your kids’ mac and cheese—a great compromise, letting them enjoy one of their favorite meals while also ingesting something of actual, nutritional substance.
  • Make a bread boat! Cut pieces of whole grain bread into the shape of a boat and its sails, then use celery sticks and raisins to decorate. Goldfish crackers can make for a thematic side dish!
  • Use colorful fruits and berries to make your own original work of art—a colorful arrangement or design that will catch eyes and get your kids pumped about eating something yummy.
  • For dinner one night, create a burger bar! Lay out some yummy toppings and replicate the experience of your kids’ favorite burger place! Make black bean burgers if you want to really play up the healthy angle; your kids likely won’t be able to tell!

Really, anything you do to make the food look exciting and fun will go a long way toward helping your kids forget about their qualms and give it a try. Of course, some of these strategies will work better than others, just depending on your kids and their taste. Play around with some of them today, and see which ones go over the best!



Mangos – A Sweet, Tropical Treat to Enjoy Year-Round

by Jennifer Wieland
Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango
Thanks to the National Mango Council for sponsoring today’s post.




Last week I had the chance to learn all about Mangos from the National Mango Board. I’ve eaten mango before and am a big fan of it but it’s always fun to learn more about the foods you love and new ways to prepare and enjoy them. To learn more I along with two of my kids were invited to The Chopping Block for a mango cooking class. The three of us walked away from the class with some new knowledge about mangos and three new ways to enjoy them.

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

My 10 and 7 year olds have been dying to take a cooking class so they were super excited about this. Prior to the class though only my 7-year-old was a mango fan. My 10-year-old is very picky when it comes to food since he is on the Autism Spectrum. This made me a little nervous about bringing him to this class but luckily there was no reason for me to worry. He was all about being as hands on as he could and the more he did the more food he tried. It was nice to see him trying so many new foods for him and learning that he enjoyed them.

The first thing we did in class was learn about the types of Mangos available in the U.S and their availability. Did you know there are 6 varieties of mango available in the U.S. and that with all of the varieties they are available year-round here. Most of the mangos we eat here come from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru Haiti, Ecuador and Brazil. Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago and they are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They also contain 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber. So not only are they yummy but they are also good for you.

Mango varieties available in the U.S. #MakeItMango

Then the kids learned the proper way to cut, slice and dice a mango. Then they were able to try it themselves. Who knew you need nothing more than a butter knife to cut a ripe mango?

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

Would you like to learn how to select, cut, slice and dice a mango properly too? It’s simple just watch the video below and give it a try.

After that the kids learned how to use mango to make a smoothie, Cinco De Mango Quesadillas and Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops. All three were huge hits with my kids. In fact, the folks at The Chopping Block were nice enough to let us pack up food to take home because the boys loved the quesadillas so much that they wanted to make more.

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

My boys’ two favorite recipes are listed below. Click on the picture of the recipes to download a PDF copy you can print to use with your own kids.


Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango
 To learn more about the different mango varieties or find more recipes you can visit and learn all you can about this popular fruit and make yourself a mango expert.



Nestle Pure Life an Easy Way to Stay Hydrated and Healthy

by Jennifer Wieland
Nestle Pure Life

Compensation was provided by Nestle Pure Life via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nestle Pure Life.


At the beginning of this year I set a goal for myself to get healthier and happier. I have found that the two go hand in hand with each. The healthier I am being the better my body runs and feels, and in turn the happier I am. One of the keys to me being a healthier person has been to skip the sugar loaded sodas and juices and opt for some ice-cold water instead. To make this easier I always keep some Nestle Pure Life Water on hand in my refrigerator to quickly grab and go during my busy day.

 Nestle Pure Life an Easy Way to Stay Hydrated and Healthy

I know what you are thinking. How does just switching from sugar drinks to water make that much of an impact on your body and life? Well let me tell you the benefits I have discovered.

  1. I’ve been drinking 8 ounces of water before meals. By doing this my stomach is already somewhat filled which helps me consume fewer calories. This in turn means I can lose weight easier. This is an easy step to incorporate into any healthy diet plan.
  2. Water actually helps to turn up the burn in your metabolism. I don’t know about you but my metabolism can use all the help it can get.
  3. Fiber! Eating more fiber is important to being healthier. But did you know that if you don’t consume enough water then that fiber actually plugs you up instead of getting things flowing?
  4. I’ve been plagued the last five years with new and continued health problems. I’ve had my gall bladder out, kidney stones and multiple kidney infections, not to mention liver disease and numerous other health problems. I’ve found studies that show that increased water intake helps to reduce the risks of kidney stones, heart attacks, and urinary and colon cancers. Upping my water intake to avoid those things seems like an easy way to avoid some very unpleasant illnesses.
  5. Your skin will show it if you’re getting enough water. Water will help keep your skin plump and help to make your complexion look brighter. I know for me since hitting 40 I want to make sure I’m giving my skin the TLC it needs and deserves.
  6. I’ve been exercising this year and working to make it a healthy routine and happy thanks to some friends going to the gym with me. Even with that though without being and keeping hydrated before, during and after my workouts I find myself feeling tired. Keeping my water intake where it should be before, during and after a workout helps me feel more alert.
  7. Water also maintains many vital body functions. Water help to remove waste from the body. Metabolized foods are carried through the bloodstream by water. It lubricates joints, creates saliva and acts as a shock absorber to important things like your brain, spinal cord and fetuses. Water also regulates our body’s internal temperature through respiration and perspiration

 Nestle Pure Life an Easy Way to Stay Hydrated and Healthy

Water is definitely a quick, easy and inexpensive way to get you onto the path of a healthier lifestyle. After all, our bodies are made of mostly water so it only makes sense that we need water daily to keep them working and functioning at the optimal level for our age. Most men need to consume about 3 liters of water a day and most women need about 2.2 liters. Don’t forget about the kids too. Babies and kids have a higher percentage of water in their little bodies than adults do. So with the warmer temperatures coming be sure to grab some Nestle Pure Life Water for your whole family to stay healthy and hydrated.

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Fruit Salad Dressing made with Yoplait Greek 100

by Jennifer Wieland
Fruit Salad Dressing made with Yoplait Greek 100
Thank you to Yoplait for sponsoring today’s post and for inspiring me to try Yoplait Greek 100!

It’s a new year and like so many I have resolved to try to get healthy this year by eating better. That’s no easy task for a girl who likes to bake and thinks that butter should be its own food group. I knew setting out to try to get healthy that I was going to need to up my produce consumption. Like many I was not eating nearly enough fruit and veggies. The problem for me is not that I don’t like them, I do. My problem is that I prefer them raw. The issues with that though is that while you can add dressing to a salad easily most of the time raw fruit is just that… fruit. Now you can whip up a quick fruit salad but again that’s usually just plain old fruit and while it tastes good it gets old quickly. To change-up my fruit salad I created a Fruit Salad Dressing made with Yoplait Greek 100.

Fruit Salad Dressing made with Yoplait Greek 100

Making this Fruit Salad Dressing with Yoplait Greek 100 was a no brainer for me. With 100 calories, 0% fat and 10-12 grams of protein Yoplait Greek 100 is a dieters dream. It’s a perfect snack or a great item to incorporate into your healthier meals. I like that I can make a big fruit salad and a double or triple batch of this fruit salad dressing and then I have a quick breakfast or snack all ready to go. Yoplait Greek 100 is available in 20 different flavors so I can easily change-up this Fruit Salad Dressing just by using a different flavor. You can’t get much easier than that in the healthy eating world.

Yoplait Greek 100

Fruit Salad Dressing
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462 calories
26 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
160 g
14 g
25 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 5.3oz. container of Yoplait Greek 100 Vanilla
  2. 1 tsp. honey
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  4. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  5. Fruit salad
  1. In a bowl add the Yoplait Greek 100 Vanila, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir together.
  2. Serve this over a fruit salad for additional flavor and a dairy and protein boost.
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Have you had a chance to try Yoplait Greek 100 yet? If you have what was your favorite flavor(s)?



Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps – Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ - Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies
This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

With the end of the year quickly approaching I know that many of you may have New Year’s resolutions floating in the back of your mind. For many the very first resolution they think of is to lose weight, exercise and be healthier. This can seem like a major undertaking coming on the tail end of Christmas but it can be easier. You can make little changes like swapping out sugar in your foods and drinks and using Splenda instead.  Being a part of the SPLENDA 365 SWEET SWAPS will help you reduce your dietary sugar. This way you can still indulge through the holidays as you normally would but with less sugar in your baked goods and drinks you are already making an improvement for your waistline.

Sugar is a sneaky little thing! It tastes so good in so many things and without even realizing it indulging in a few sweet treats can quickly pile on the calories each day. It’s so easy to say that one little cookie, cupcake, candy bar or soda won’t hurt but did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of sugar a day? That is nearly a 1/2 cup of sugar a day! Each of those teaspoons is 16 calories which may not seem like much but when you multiply that by 22 it’s a whopping 352 unnecessary calories in your daily diet! 


Luckily, there are alternate options out there to eliminate some of those unwanted calories from your diet and take back some of your control over the sugar you consume. I decided to be a part of the SPLENDA 365 SWEET SWAPS and take one of my recipes and cut out some of that pesky, unwanted sugar. I decided to do this with a favorite cookie recipe in my house that gets made a lot throughout the year and is a perfect holiday cookie for kids. I remade my Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies using Splenda Sugar Blend.

 SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ - Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies

Candy Coated Chocolate Cookies
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5475 calories
655 g
932 g
289 g
69 g
178 g
1197 g
1770 g
396 g
7 g
88 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5475
Calories from Fat 2562
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 289g
Saturated Fat 178g
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 74g
Cholesterol 932mg
Sodium 1770mg
Total Carbohydrates 655g
Dietary Fiber 19g
Sugars 396g
Protein 69g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  3. 1/3 c. Splenda Sugar Blend
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
  7. 2 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking powder
  10. 11 oz. pkg. mini candy coated chocolates
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, brown sugar, Splenda Sugar Blend on medium- high, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the pudding mix, flour, salt and baking powder just until combined. Stir in the mini candy coated chocolates.
  3. Use a standard cookie scoop to scoop out dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets and lightly press the dough down to flatten it some so they spread properly. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. The cookies may look like they need to bake longer but do not. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the pan for five minutes. The sugar continues to cook the cookies while they are cooling. This will ensure a soft and chewy cookie.
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To get more great recipes using Splenda instead of sugar head on over to their website or if you want to learn how to make some Coal Candy for the holidays with Splenda then check out this post from last Christmas.

Coal Candy

 Do you have a great recipe that uses Splenda instead? If so head on over to the Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps page and submit your made with less sugar recipes and you could see your recipe featured on their website!



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