Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

Kiwi and Kale Smoothie

Are you trying to start the new year off on the right foot by eating healthy and trying to maintain or lose weight? This Kiwi and Kale Smoothie recipe is a great way to begin 2015 because it’s made with some of my favorite healthy ingredients including kale, kiwi, nonfat Greek yogurt, mango and a the low calorie sweetener, aspartame. Aspartame is ideal to use in this recipe (as well as many others) because it adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding calories. Aspartame can truly be part of a healthy diet. The rapid rise in aspartame’s popularity can be attributed to the many benefits aspartame provides to calorie-conscious consumers. Aspartame is also beneficial in weight control. With nearly two out of three Americans considered overweight or obese, taking steps to assure appropriate calorie intake is very important. Because products with aspartame are lower in calories than their sugar-sweetened counterparts, using products with aspartame together with regular physical activity can help with weight management. Check out this calorie savings calculator to find out the number of calories you can save using an aspartame-sweetened product instead of a full calorie product. This post is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, but all opinions are my own.

Individual Apple Crisp Recipe

Individual Apple Crisp

It is the holiday season and time for entertaining! I love sharing healthier holiday recipes that my guests and I won’t feel guilty indulging in this season. This Individual Apple Crisp recipe is one of those dessert recipes made with only a few ingredients and aspartame instead of regular sugar. It is great for kids, family and friends (everyone loves getting their own individual dessert) and is also so easy to make. I receive a lot of questions about aspartame and reduced calorie sweeteners. I started using it a few years when my father was diagnosed with diabetes. Aspartame and other no-, and low- and reduced calorie sweeteners are great for people trying to reduce their sugar intake and lose weight.

If you are curious about aspartame, it is a low-calorie sweetener used to sweeten a wide variety of low calorie foods and reduced calorie foods and beverages, including low-calorie tabletop sweeteners. Aspartame is composed of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, as the methyl ester. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are also found naturally in protein containing foods, including meats, grains and dairy products. Methyl esters are also found naturally in many foods such as fruits and vegetable and their juices. Aspartame works well in cooking, but in recipes with lengthy heating or baking, a loss of sweetness can occur. It is still healthy, but it may come out less sweet. Aspartame works great in this recipe, and I used one packet of Equal sweetener for each individual serving. This post is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, but all opinions are my own.

Here is a great chart that will help you substitute sweeteners in your cooking from About.com

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See below for a few more reasons why I like to use aspartame in cooking.

5 Benefits of Aspartame

1. Aspartame tastes like sugar and enhances and extends fruit flavors in foods and beverages.

2. Aspartame does not promote tooth decay.

3. Aspartame is an FDA-approved sweetening agent and is used in more than 100 countries and is the sweetener in over 6,000 food and beverage products.

4. Aspartame is helpful for those with diabetes and does does not affect short or long term blood sugar levels in diabetics.

5. Aspartame works well with weight control and can be part of a healthy diet. Researchers at Harvard Medical School concluded that aspartame “is a valuable adjunct to a comprehensive program of balanced diet, exercise and behavior modifications for losing weight.”

For more information see aspartame.org