sweets http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1335/all en-US These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baking_chocolate_cake_000076272187.jpg" alt="Making simple swaps that will make baking so much better" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever get halfway into baking a cake and realize that you are missing one of the ingredients? Or, maybe you have a recipe that you love, but feel so guilty making it due to the fat or calorie content. Time for a &quot;swap,&quot; or a substitution. Here are 10 that you may even prefer to your regular recipes. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a>)</p> <h2>1. Double the Benefits of Juicing</h2> <p>Like to make carrot-ginger juice in your juicer? Save the pulp! My regular muffin recipe calls for &frac34; cup of milk; I just decrease that to ⅓ and then use a cup of pulp. Talk about healthy <em>and</em> frugal.</p> <h2>2. Not-So-Many-Pounds Cake</h2> <p>The next time you make pound cake, lighten it a little with avocado. Try using &frac14; cup of butter and &frac12; cup of mashed avocado instead of, well, the pound of butter. The result will be a moister, silkier texture &mdash; and you get the healthy benefits.</p> <h2>3. Buttermilk Makes It Better</h2> <p>I can always tell a baker (or a lover of fried chicken) if I open their refrigerator and find buttermilk. Just substitute buttermilk for the liquid in a boxed cake mix. You won't believe how much better the texture will be. I use low-fat buttermilk and it works well.</p> <h2>4. Yogurt</h2> <p>This swap works really well in a <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-lemon-loaf/c9b25edf-afc8-4476-b840-0623b345a31e">white cake mix</a>, making a delicious lemony loaf. The yogurt makes it very light (and it will have fewer calories). Don't completely substitute yogurt for butter or oil, though. Taste of Home has these helpful guidelines:</p> <ul> <li>When a recipe calls for butter, replace half the butter with half as much yogurt. For instance, instead of 1 cup butter, use &frac12; cup butter and &frac14; cup yogurt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When a recipe calls for shortening or oil, replace half the oil with &frac34; the amount of yogurt. For example, instead of 1 cup oil, use &frac12; cup oil and &frac14; cup plus 2 tablespoons yogurt.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Reduce Those Chocolate Calories</h2> <p>Just substitute mini-morsels for full-size chocolate chips. You still get the chocolatey flavor, but just less of it.</p> <h2>6. Coffee Lover?</h2> <p>To a Devil's food cake mix, substitute cooled coffee for the water. That gives it a rich &quot;mocha&quot; flavor. I like to bake in a bundt pan and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.</p> <h2>7. French Toast</h2> <p>My husband always adds a teaspoon of Angostura bitters, rather than vanilla, to the milk-egg mixture and then soaks the bread. This adds a flavor reminiscent of cloves and allspice.</p> <h2>8. Banana Bread</h2> <p>I like a really tropical flavored banana bread. To my regular recipe, I add 1&frac12; teaspoons of coconut extract instead of vanilla. Then I top the dough with sweetened, flaked coconut before baking.</p> <h2>9. Chocolate-Orange Cake</h2> <p>Another great swap is to use orange juice in place of water in a chocolate cake mix. Drizzle with ganache; garnish with orange sections dipped in melted chocolate.</p> <h2>10. Get Rid of (Some) of the Guilt</h2> <p>Substitute applesauce for oil in a brownie mix. They will be a little drier, so plan to eat them immediately (joke).</p> <p><em>The final word? Experiment! Take a look in your pantry and refrigerator; investigate using healthier substitutions. </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthese-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%252010%2520Simple%2520Swaps%2520Will%2520Make%2520Your%2520Baking%2520So%2520Much%2520Better.jpg&amp;description=These%2010%20Simple%20Swaps%20Will%20Make%20Your%20Baking%20So%20Much%20Better"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/These%2010%20Simple%20Swaps%20Will%20Make%20Your%20Baking%20So%20Much%20Better.jpg" alt="These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">10 Smart Uses for Food That&#039;s About to Go Bad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smoothie-bowls-you-want-right-now">11 Smoothie Bowls You Want Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking desserts ingredients recipes substitutions sweets Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Marla Walters 1696222 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000021549896.jpg" alt="Trick-or-treaters eating Halloween treats they love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When my daughter was five, I took her trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">Sparkly wand</a> in hand, she trotted up to a door and rang the bell. A very nice old man explained that he had run out of treats, but asked her to wait while he checked his kitchen. He came back with a large bag of prunes. Although she politely said her thanks, the look on her face was priceless.</p> <p>Don't be the prune guy. Give out one of these great ideas instead.</p> <p>(<strong>Note</strong>: I usually have two types of treats to give to trick-or-treaters at my door: homemade for children and parents who know me, and therefore don't have to worry. And then wrapped candy or non-edible treats for children whom I don't know.)</p> <h2>1. Spooky Hands</h2> <p>Purchase food handler gloves, and fill the fingers with bulk candy. Tie off with orange or black ribbon.</p> <h2>2. Candy Lei</h2> <p>Get some orange or black <a href="http://www.onlyfromhawaii.com/leinetting.aspx">lei netting</a>, and fill with candy. (Place a candy in the netting, tie off, add a candy, repeat). Tie the ends and give a spooky aloha!</p> <h2>3. Bag it Up</h2> <p>Small <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJ60FIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00OJ60FIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OEKXYQX5UJZAFMVL">orange paper bags</a> are easy to stuff with that bulk candy. Add a ribbon or close with a Halloween sticker.</p> <h2>4. Blow it Up</h2> <p>Orange nine-inch balloons, stuffed with a few pieces of bulk candy, easily become very cute pumpkins using this <a href="http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/10/halloween-diy-balloon-pumpkin-patch-easy-fast/">easy DIY technique</a>.</p> <h2>5. Borrow From the Ballerinas</h2> <p>Buy a yard or two of tulle, or netting, and cut into 6&quot; squares. Place a few of those bargain candies in the center, gather, and tie with contrasting ribbon.</p> <h2>6. Classic Caramel Apples</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lBNbQqrePRo" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Did you think <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNbQqrePRo">caramel apples</a> would be difficult? Well, I'll confess: I did. Wrong! They are easy, fun, and kids, both big and small, love them. I like them with just the caramel, but as you can see in the video, you can add all kinds of decorative items. Make sure you wash your apples to get the wax off, dry them well, and choose apples that are very firm and on the smaller side.</p> <h2>7. Easy Popcorn Balls</h2> <p>A seasonal classic, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20519/best-ever-popcorn-balls/">popcorn balls</a>, are inexpensive and fun to make. Put the finished ones in these orange <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ELKGQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ELKGQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IIFM4UHMFRC52S3N">cello bags</a> and tie with black ribbon.</p> <h2>8. Spooky String Cheese</h2> <p>For those looking for sugar-free options, get out your markers. Purchase string cheese in a bulk bag and draw spooky faces on the cheeses, making tiny ghosts. I found it is best when the plastic wrapper is very dry, so wipe them down before attempting to draw.</p> <h2>9. Frugal Spiders</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7VhJn0SpUqs" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VhJn0SpUqs">Tootsie Pop spiders</a> always appear at Halloween, and I'll admit to letting them hang around for a while because they really are cute. As the enthusiastic lady in the video says, check 99 cent stores for supplies.</p> <h2>10. Cereal Killer</h2> <p>Look for extra-cheap &quot;krispie&quot; cereal and make these delicious <a href="http://candy.about.com/od/halloweencandyrecipes/r/jackolanterns.htm">pumpkin treats</a>.</p> <h2>11. Play-Dough</h2> <p>What kid doesn't love play-dough? I'd include a little label with a bag of this <a href="http://www.oleanderandpalm.com/2010/10/best-play-dough-ever.html">homemade play-dough</a> just to make sure nobody tries to eat it (although the recipe seems to safe).</p> <h2>12. Glow-in-the-Dark Slime</h2> <p>Even adults love to play with this gooey <a href="http://domesticcharm.blogspot.com/2011/10/glow-in-dark-slime.html">glowing slime</a>. This blogger kindly included the cute labels to go with!</p> <h2>13. Smiling Spiders</h2> <p>I really and truly do hate spiders, but if they are smiling like these <a href="http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/pompomspider/pompomspider.html">pom pom spiders</a>, they aren't so bad.</p> <h2>14. Fold It Up</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/miZaXlUaWWk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Origami and I just get don't along, but some people really love it. I won't post my attempt, which looked nothing like the one in this video, but these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZaXlUaWWk">Origami pumpkins</a> are really cute, aren't they?</p> <h2>15. Good, Clean Fun</h2> <p>Ever made your own blowing bubbles? These are sure to delight all the kids who come to your door. Try a <a href="http://bubbleblowers.com/homemade.html">bubble recipe</a>, and you can even buy bright, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z715ZO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003Z715ZO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CP7HG7WHGUVZQVTM">inexpensive containers</a> for your solution.</p> <h2>16. Witches' Hats</h2> <p>I love that there are creative people out there who say <em>hey, let's take a cookie and a </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FA1DSM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001FA1DSM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VSHW7KUR66F3DKQM"><em>Hershey's Kiss</em></a><em> and make some </em><a href="http://updownleftrightbastart.blogspot.com/2011/10/witch-hat-cookies.html"><em>witches' hats</em></a>. This kind of stuff just never occurs to me, so I am tickled every time I see something like this.</p> <h2>17. Very Twisted</h2> <p>Dollar Stores are a super place to get big bags of pretzels. Then, <a href="http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2012/10/12/chocolate-covered-halloween-pretzels/">dip them in chocolate</a> and decorate. I love the salty-sweet combination. Apparently, so do a lot of people &mdash; we went through an entire &quot;test&quot; pan of these at work last week.</p> <h2>18. Peanut Butter Ghosts</h2> <p>Being a big peanut butter lover, I was excited to see the use of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092KLP1M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0092KLP1M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RHK2QV5SAAPXZMGJ">Nutter-Butters</a> as ghosts. Simply dip into melted white chocolate, and add bits of chopped licorice for eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the chocolate dry and then bag up.</p> <h2>19. Bark! Bark!</h2> <p>I'm a sucker for all the types of &quot;bark&quot; out there, this <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/candy/halloween-candy-bark/">Halloween bark</a> being no exception. It looks nifty all chopped up and bagged in clear cello bags, with bright ribbon.</p> <h2>20. Sorry, Candy Corn Haters</h2> <p>I know you are out there, but I ADORE candy corn and eat an entire bag all by myself every Halloween (I always offer to share, but no one takes me up on it). What do you think about <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/fudge-candy-corn/">fudge candy corn</a>?</p> <h2>21. Pumpkin Oranges?</h2> <p>Just get out a marker and draw faces on clementines, tangerines, or other smooth-skinned citrus delights.</p> <h2>22. Orange O'Lanterns</h2> <p>Who could resist these <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/08/31/orange-jack-o-lantern-cups/">jack o'lantern bowls</a>, all filled with fruits of your choice?</p> <h2>23. Franken... Kiwi?</h2> <p>This food blogger is an<em> artiste</em>! I can't stop laughing about her <a href="http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/2014/10/14/frankenstein-kiwis-another-healthy-halloween-treat/">Frankenstein kiwi</a> creation, which is almost too cute to eat.</p> <h2>24. Sort of Seedy</h2> <p>Aren't the seeds the best part of the pumpkin? Clean most of the &quot;guts&quot; away from the seeds and soak overnight in salted water. Drain well, toss with a little olive oil and garlic salt, and roast at 300 degrees until crispy.</p> <h2>25. Boo-Nanas</h2> <p>You can easily substitute carob chips for the chocolate in these <a href="http://eatingrichly.com/healthy-kid-snack-for-halloween-boonanas/">ghost bananas</a>. Look for firm bananas, or your ghosts will be mushy.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to halloween treats?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink candy Halloween recipes sweets treats trick or treating Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1589919 at http://www.wisebread.com 17 Classic Desserts We All Miss http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_cake_000037433730.jpg" alt="Woman eating classic desserts we all miss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My freezer contains some fairly fancy little ice cream cartons, with salted this and latte-amaretto that. Sometimes, though, I wish I were having <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">dessert</a> &quot;like mom made&quot; or what you might have had at a party years ago. Below are some old favorites.</p> <h2>Flaming Things</h2> <p>&quot;Hey, let's light this dessert on fire.&quot; When making these flaming desserts, it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case things go terribly wrong.</p> <h3>1. Cherries Jubilee</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/cherries-jubilee">Cherries jubilee</a> (originally made in honor of Queen Victoria) was quite the thing in fancy restaurants many years ago. The original was not served over vanilla ice cream, but boy, is it good that way.</p> <h3>2. Bananas Foster</h3> <p>Another fabulous &quot;flaming&quot; dessert is <a href="http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/cuisine/traditionalfoods/bananasfoster.html">bananas foster</a>, developed by Chef Paul Blange of the famous Brennan's restaurants in New Orleans. I skip the banana liqueur and double up on the rum (a little banana goes a long way for me).</p> <h3>3. Crepes Suzette</h3> <p><a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CrepesSuzetteHistory.htm">Crepes suzette </a>are another showy crowd-pleaser and feature one of my favorite liqueurs, Grand Marnier. To make things easier (and since you're setting the thing on fire, anyway), pick up some crepes at the grocery store, which is much easier than making them yourself.</p> <h2>Creamy, Comforting Things</h2> <p>&quot;Suitable for a winter pudding, when fresh fruits are not obtainable.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1619491400/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1619491400&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7GHH2DAVTH4RXLKG">The Book of Household Management</a>, 1871)</p> <h3>4. Rice Pudding</h3> <p>So comforting, and <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/28594-basic-rice-pudding">rice pudding </a>is very easy to make. I love this Mark Bittman version with <a href="http://markbittman.com/coconut-and-brown-rice-pudding/">brown rice and coconut milk</a>.</p> <h3>5. Tapioca Pudding</h3> <p>I think <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-tapioca-pudding-352088">tapioca pudding</a> is a little trickier, but well worth the effort. If you need to use up a lot of milk, tapioca is the ticket.</p> <h3>6. Vanilla Pudding</h3> <p>Making real <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20586/homemade-vanilla-pudding/">vanilla pudding</a> will probably ruin you for the boxed version, but I recommend you try it. Real vanilla is expensive, but completely worth the splurge.</p> <h3>7. Banana Pudding</h3> <p>'Nilla Wafers may seem like a sort of dull cookie, but not when you put them in a dish with vanilla pudding and bananas. <a href="http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/easy-southern-banana-pudding-50744.aspx">Banana pudding</a> takes all of five (okay, maybe 10) minutes to assemble. Refrigerate for three hours and hand out spoons.</p> <h2>Not Pretty, But Delicious</h2> <p>We're not here to stare at our dessert, are we?</p> <h3>8. Bread Pudding</h3> <p>&quot;For utilizing bits of bread that might otherwise be wasted, there is no better plan than to make a bread pudding.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RZ26V4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RZ26V4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IU3CSK5IR5PC4QYV">The Women's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4</a>)</p> <p>If you pride yourself on not wasting food, <a href="https://louisiana.kitchenandculture.com/recipes/new-orleans-style-bread-pudding-hard-sauce">bread pudding</a> ought to be on your radar. Day-old French bread is magically transformed into a comforting dessert in this New Orleans-style recipe. This is the way Grandma Ruth made hers, complete with a &quot;hard sauce.&quot; As kids, we'd sneak into the refrigerator and eat spoonfuls of the leftover hard sauce (which has all of an ounce of dark rum in it). Grandma also put raisins in her bread pudding, but if you aren't a fan, use chocolate chips, bananas, or dried fruit. Or, just more hard sauce.</p> <h3>9. Cobbler</h3> <p>Berry cobbler, or &quot;first cousin to a deep-dish pie&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684833581/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0684833581&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WAKCCJSFVCEDA765">Joy of Cooking</a>, 1931), is a wonderful invention. If, like me, you make extremely ugly pies, <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/triple-berry-cobbler">berry cobbler</a> is your friend. Nobody cares. You don't have to worry about neat slices, either &mdash; just spoon into bowls, add whipped or ice cream, and everybody's happy. Although this recipe uses several types of berries, cobblers are also delicious with fresh peaches.</p> <h2>Classic Cakes</h2> <p>&quot;You do not have to live on a ranch or farm to bake these wonderful cakes. You can use the recipes in your town or city kitchen.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B65V7U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000B65V7U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2E2P6QDNV5EKNIH5">Farm Journal's Country Cookbooks</a>, 1959)</p> <h3>10. German Chocolate Cake</h3> <p>I think this classic was shoved rudely aside by red velvet cake, which I've never understood. Aren't we all red-velveted out, now? I agree. Truth be told, the actual cake in a <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/german-chocolate-cake">German chocolate cake</a> is fine, but it's really about the frosting and icing combo &mdash; coconut, pecans, sugar, chocolate. If you're in a hurry, there are several German chocolate cake and (and frosting) mixes that still turn out a delicious cake.</p> <h3>11. Texas Sheet Cake</h3> <p>I do not even own the proper pan to make a <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_best_chocol/">Texas sheet cake</a> anymore, and I refuse to buy one. If I make this cake, I will eat it all. I could get away with eating several pieces of it a day when I was a teenager, but that was a looong time ago. It's a little like a brownie, but better. I think, like the German chocolate above, it's because of the frosting. The cake itself contains buttermilk, which does marvelous things to the texture of baked goods.</p> <h3>12. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake</h3> <p>I think this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pineapple-upside-down-cake/a1c9a639-0748-4f2c-89f5-fd33cf138986">pineapple upside-down cake</a> is best warm from the oven, but if you twisted my arm, I'd eat it cold, too. Not only is a pineapple upside-down delicious and fun to say, but it is pretty cake, nice for parties or potlucks. It actually comes together very quickly. I like the fact that the big rings of pineapple make it easy to cut into even slices.</p> <h3>13. Nabisco Wafer Cake</h3> <p>It's 7:00 p.m., and you just remembered you are supposed to bring dessert to a lunchtime potluck. Panic? No! Make a <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/2010/04/famous-chocolate-wafer-cake">Nabisco wafer cake</a>. It has four (count 'em, four) main ingredients. You just put it into the refrigerator, and it turns into cake. I am not making this up.</p> <h3>14. Fruitcake</h3> <p>&quot;The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.&quot; (Johnny Carson)</p> <p>My 87-year-old neighbor, Mrs. Song, called me over one day and took me outside to her freezer. &quot;Here,&quot; she said proudly, after digging around. &quot;It's a fruitcake.&quot; I thanked her. &quot;I'm not sure when it's from, though... &quot; she said, wandering back into her house. That fruitcake did not make it onto our table, I must admit.</p> <p>Poor, maligned fruitcake. They are an acquired taste. If you want to taste fruitcake like it should be made, try one of these <a href="https://www.gethsemanifarms.org/fruitcake.aspx">pre-made cakes</a>. They are made by monks, and seasoned with Kentucky bourbon.</p> <h2>An Apple a Day</h2> <p>It was a marketing gimmick by an apple growers association, but that doesn't mean an apple isn't a delicious addition to the day.</p> <h3>15. Baked Apples</h3> <p>&quot;Rome Beauties hold their shape in baking, as do Red Delicious.&quot; (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0028627717/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0028627717&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4HVD2JF32ZGLQVWG">Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook</a>, 1950)</p> <p>Because my parents had a small orchard, these were a standby of my mother's in the fall. She filled her <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_apples/">baked apples</a> with raisins and nuts. These are so easy, and as far as desserts go, quite a bit more on the healthier side.</p> <h3>16. Apple Dumplings</h3> <p>A classic <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-dumplings-with-sauce">apple dumpling</a> is such a great dessert, but I hadn't made them in years. My neighbor's kid, age eight, loves to bake and showed up one night with a pan of them. Turns out (and if you use Pinterest, you likely know this) that there is a super easy way to make <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/mountain-dew-apple-dumplings-61755">apple dumplings using Mountain Dew</a>, of all things (7-Up works, too).</p> <h3>17. Apple Brown Betty</h3> <p>Even the name of this dessert sounds old, and it is, because it was originally published in 1864. This <a href="http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/dessert-recipes/recipe-apple-betty">Brown Betty recipe</a> recommends Gala apples, but my <em>Betty Crocker </em>calls for tart, green apples. By the time you throw in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, I doubt it matters that much.</p> <p><em>What classic desserts should we bring back?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cakes classic treats cobblers desserts potluck pudding recipes sweets Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Marla Walters 1561430 at http://www.wisebread.com 24 Easy to Make Grab and Go Snacks http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Mother_daughter_snacks_000031281818.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter making easy grab and go snacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pretty much without fail, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., my stomach starts growling. After having carefully-planned, proportionately appropriate, nutritionally balanced breakfasts or lunch, it seems a shame to blow all of that with a bag of potato chips. But that's what I'll do, if I don't have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">snack that <em>tastes good</em></a>. I have found out the hard way that a bag of carrot sticks is not going to do it. So what is my solution? This list of 24 healthy, yet delicious, snacks.</p> <h2>Sweet Snacks</h2> <p>Why finish with something sweet when you can start there?</p> <h3>1. Mini Peppers</h3> <p>Bags of these multi-colored, vitamin A and C-packed little peppers now show up in most grocery stores and at they are super-handy and delicious. Three peppers only have 25 calories. I love them just by themselves, but if you need a dip, try plain greek yogurt.</p> <h3>2. Apples</h3> <p>I know this is silly, but if I take an apple to work, it will sit on my desk. But if I cut it into slices and put it into a Ziploc with a dab of lemon juice, I am more apt to eat it. This works at home, too: Cut-up apples disappear from the refrigerator, but the whole ones sit. A medium apple has about 95 calories. Still find it boring? Take a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter along in a container, and use it as a dip.</p> <h3>3. Oranges or Clementines</h3> <p>An orange has only about 45 calories, and of course loads of vitamin C. A clementine &quot;cutie&quot; has about 40 calories, and the added benefit of being really easy to peel. If the idea of eating a plain orange isn't tantalizing, try cutting it up and adding some strawberries, walnut pieces, and a splash of raspberry vinaigrette.</p> <h3>4. Frozen Grapes</h3> <p>Grapes are great, but they're like mini-popsicles when you freeze them. Cut into little bunches, wash, dab dry, put into individual bags, and freeze. You'll have them ready to go all week. An entire cup is only 110 calories.</p> <h3>5. Frozen Blueberries</h3> <p>A cup of frozen blueberries is also really cool and satisfying. One cup has only 79 calories. They are great just by themselves, or added to a low-fat smoothie.</p> <h3>6. Watermelon</h3> <p>Because it contains so much water, watermelon is very filling. An entire cup is only 46 calories. I like the &quot;Thai&quot; variety, which are smaller and rounder, but very flavorful.</p> <h3>7. Frozen Banana</h3> <p>A frozen banana, at 120 calories, is a great treat. If you are a chocoholic, try slicing them, freezing, and then adding a dab of Magic Shell. This of course boosts your calorie count, but you really only need a drizzle. This becomes a super-satisfying snack, especially if you have a sweet tooth.</p> <h3>8. Sweet Potato</h3> <p>Years ago, I read that Martha Stewart would cook a sweet potato and take it on the airplane to eat when she traveled. I thought that was very odd, but she's right &mdash; they make a really satisfying snack. At 114 calories, you can go nuts and add a few mini-marshmallows. If your office has a microwave, you can <a href="http://www.cleaneatingveggiegirl.com/2014/10/15/how-to-make-a-baked-sweet-potato-in-the-microwave/">make a sweet potato</a> in seven minutes.</p> <h3>9. Peaches and Nectarines</h3> <p>What is better in the summer than a ripe peach, or a nectarine? I admit, though, they can be messy &quot;office food.&quot; I like to slice mine and put into a container with a half-cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt. An entire peach has only 59 calories; a half-cup of nonfat yogurt, around 70 calories.</p> <h3>10. Applesauce</h3> <p>I'm a fan of the little pre-made cups of applesauce (50 calories). A sprinkle of cinnamon jazzes them up, too. Ever tried making <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/applesauce/">homemade applesauce</a>? It's easy and tastes absolutely great. My mom used to toss in a handful of Red Hots (candies) and melt them in. It turned the applesauce a pretty color and made it extra-zippy.</p> <h3>11. Strawberries</h3> <p>Just 76 calories are found in a cup of strawberries. I love a little fruit salad of sliced strawberries, a tablespoon of feta (20 calories), and balsamic vinegar. The vinegar brings out the sweetness of the strawberries.</p> <h3>12. Yogurt</h3> <p>Yogurt is like a blank canvas. A cup of nonfat greek yogurt has 130 calories. You can eat it as is, or drizzle honey, jam, or chocolate syrup over the top. Or, go another direction and add some salsa. Fresh, chopped fruit is a natural on top. Granola is great, too, but make sure you use a low-fat granola, as granola can be very caloric.</p> <h2>Savory Snacks</h2> <p>Sometimes in the middle of the day sweet won't do, but savory will.</p> <h3>13. Garbanzo Beans</h3> <p>Also known as chickpeas, these little legumes are a terrific snack. My new favorite method? <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30368-spicy-oven-roasted-chickpeas">Oven-roasted</a> in a little olive oil, with spices. I particularly like this recipe because it includes cumin, one of my favorite spices. One-third cup has about 141 calories.</p> <h3>14. Miso Soup</h3> <p>Also great when I'm freezing in our over air-conditioned office: Miso soup. I buy the kind without MSG. A cup of miso soup, with the tofu pieces, is only 45 calories. It does contain a lot of sodium, so you'll need to be mindful of that.</p> <h3>15. Avocados</h3> <p>We now know avocados contain &quot;good fat,&quot; but you still need to watch how much you eat. Half of a medium avocado is about 140 calories and around 14 grams of fat. One of the great features of avocados is that they contain oleic acid, which helps signal your brain that you are full. So, you don't need to eat more than a couple of slices on a cracker or a piece of toast, and your stomach will be happy.</p> <h3>16. Popcorn</h3> <p>I'm not a fan of pre-packaged microwave popcorn, but food journalist and author Mark Bittman has a great method for making a more wholesome <a href="http://markbittman.com/real-popcorn/">microwaved popcorn</a>. If you have an office microwave, this is a big hit. Try curry powder, garlic powder, a little Parmesan, or Japanese furikake mix on top. A cup of popcorn contains 55 calories.</p> <h3>17. Edamame</h3> <p>Edamame, or boiled soybeans, are easy to prepare. They are good both warm or chilled. Simply boil until tender, drain, and add salt. A half cup has 120 calories, nine grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein! Experiment with adding seasonings &mdash; try sriracha sauce, oregano, or chili powder.</p> <h3>18. Hummus</h3> <p>The chickpeas again make an appearance, but this time in a creamy dip. There are 409 calories in a cup of hummus, but a cup is a very large snack. I find that about a third to a half is just right, paired with some whole grain crackers or carrot and celery sticks. If you want to reduce the fat in hummus even a little more, try making your own using part boiled soybeans.</p> <h3>19. Hard-Boiled Egg</h3> <p>Make a pot of hard-boiled eggs on a Sunday, and you'll have low-calorie (78 calories) snacks in their own packages all week. Not only is an egg really satisfying, but it also has six grams of protein. Want a little more variety? Make a deviled egg and mash the yolks with a little greek yogurt, curry or cumin, or add sriracha sauce.</p> <h3>20. Chips and Salsa</h3> <p>A half-cup of salsa has about 118 calories. There are many new types of tortilla chips out now that are very low-fat. (I like &quot;Beanitos,&quot; which do contain beans, and have only six grams of fat in 12 chips.) Salsa has a lot of flavor, so you won't feel deprived, and the bean chips are heartier because they contain more fiber.</p> <h3>21. Turkey and...</h3> <p>There are only 60 calories in four slices of lunchmeat turkey, and nine grams of protein. Pile it on a Wasa Crispbread (30 calories each), or roll up a celery stick. Try it with a thin layer of reduced-fat cream cheese and a dollop of cranberry jelly. Roll tightly and dip in dijon mustard. Place it in a rice-paper wrapper with sprouts, grated carrots, and a dollop of hoisin sauce.</p> <h3>22. Rice Cakes and...</h3> <p>While not all that satisfying on their own, there are umpteen ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">top a rice cake</a>. My favorite low-calorie/healthy toppings include cottage cheese, avocado slices, and white bean dip.</p> <h3>23. Pistachio Nuts</h3> <p>Yes, 48 pistachio nuts is a lot of nuts, but that is a one-ounce serving. They are also heart-healthy and give you something to do with your hands. I recommend these for boring webinars.</p> <h3>24. Cottage Cheese</h3> <p>At around 100 calories for a half-cup, cottage cheese is another great snack choice. Besides also getting calcium and protein, it's very versatile. I like it with a little salsa (red or green). Adding chopped green onions or chives also gives it a great flavor. Spoon it up, or spread it over a cracker.</p> <p>Just remember: proportion is key. Even the healthiest snack ceases to be beneficial if you overeat it.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite healthy snacks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy hungry low calories savory snacks sweets Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:00:21 +0000 Marla Walters 1548171 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ice_cream_cake_000059454736.jpg" alt="Cool ice cream cakes for your next celebration" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck on what dessert to serve at your next backyard cookout? I've got you covered. There's an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">ice cream</a> cake that's perfect for all your summer celebrations. The best part: No baking is involved! Give your guests something to rave about with one of these quick, easy, and inexpensive ice cream creations.</p> <h2>1. Reese's Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/reeses-ice-cream-cake/">Reese's ice cream cake</a> is the best way to enjoy chocolate and peanut butter in the heat. The &quot;cake&quot; is made up of classic ice cream sandwiches topped with peanut butter and candy. After you layer a few stacks, you'll cover everything with whipped topping and sprinkle more peanut butter cups on top.</p> <h2>2. Cookies and Cream Cake</h2> <p>Ice cream sandwiches are also the base of this three-ingredient <a href="http://thesoccermomblog.com/2015/03/18/easy-3-ingredient-cookies-cream-ice-cream-cake/">cookies and cream ice cream cake</a>. To assemble, simply chop up Oreo cookies in a food processor and mix them with Cool Whip for the frosting. You will spread this mix between the layers before topping everything off with whole cookies.</p> <h2>3. Brownie Cake</h2> <p>Bake up a batch of brownies as the feature of this <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/brownie-bottom-ice-cream-cake/">brownie bottom ice cream cake</a>. Don't forget to frost before covering with your favorite ice cream, whipped topping, and sprinkles. To make this cake super easy, use boxed brownie mix and canned frosting.</p> <h2>4. Pecan Pie</h2> <p>Turn your autumn favorite into a summer sensation with this <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pecan-Pie-Ice-Cream-Pie">pecan ice cream pie</a> recipe. You'll make a crust of pecans, flour, sugar, butter, egg yolk, and some cold water. After you press that into a pie plate and bake, let cool. Then churn candied pecans into vanilla ice cream, spread it into the crust and top with remaining pecans.</p> <h2>5. Rainbow Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/rainbow-ice-cream-cake-recipe/?ALLSTEPS">rainbow ice cream cake</a> would be perfect for a child's birthday party. The color comes from Kool-Aid mixed with vanilla ice cream. Choose whatever shades your heart desires. Line several cake pans with aluminum foil, spread layers of colored ice cream in each, and chill. Then stack the frozen slabs between layers of sweet ganache.</p> <h2>6. Pink Cupcakes</h2> <p>Don't want to make a huge cake? Check out these pink <a href="http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2013/01/ice-cream-cupcakes-pink.html">ice cream cupcakes</a>. After you've mixed your batter, scoop out tablespoonfuls into your cupcake papers, bake for 15 minutes, and cool. Then fill each with your favorite softened ice cream and freeze. Top with whipped cream before serving.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Cake</h2> <p>Chocolate chip fans will love this <a href="http://www.dreyers.com/inspiration/recipe/dreyers-giant-cookie-ice-cream-cake">giant cookie ice cream cake</a>. Spread layers of cookie dough into cake pans, bake, and cool. Then make a huge sandwich by spreading one cookie with ice cream and topping it with the other cookie. Slice to serve.</p> <h2>8. Nutella Crunch Cake</h2> <p>The crunch in this <a href="http://www.afamilyfeast.com/nutella-crunch-ice-cream-cake/">Nutella crunch ice cream cake</a> comes from a hefty helping of Rice Krispies cereal. You'll heat together six cups of the cereal with two cups of Nutella before freezing and cutting into chunks. Fold these chunks into softened ice cream and spread into chilled springform pans.</p> <h2>9. Red Velvet Cake</h2> <p>This patriotic <a href="http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/06/16/red-velvet-ice-cream-cake/">red velvet ice cream cake</a> will please any crowd at your summer BBQ. Pour cake batter into two pans and bake. Then slice off the top of each cake to make it flat (reserve the crumbs). Use the first cake as your base, then layer on some ice cream mixed with cake crumbs and cream cheese. Top with the other cake and then with blueberries. This recipe is from scratch, but feel free to use box mix and store bought ice cream.</p> <h2>10. Neapolitan Cake Roll</h2> <p>Here's a dessert that will earn you points for style: <a href="http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/08/neapolitan-ice-cream-cake-roll/">Neapolitan ice cream cake roll</a>. You'll need bake a cake on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YKGRVO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YKGRVO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HOVRUIHHRCLJIURX">jelly roll pan</a>. Then roll it up on a towel covered in powdered sugar. Once it has cooled, unroll and spread with softened strawberry ice cream. Freeze. Then frost the whole thing with Cool Whip or whipped cream before serving.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sweet and decadent summer time treat?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cakes desserts ice cream recipes sweets Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:00:16 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1477153 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_cookie_000036483276.jpg" alt="Woman learning reasons to stop eating sugar forever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love sugar. I consume plenty of healthy food each day, but my sweet tooth is my downfall and prevents me from being in better shape. And it turns out that sugar is even worse for you than the general news would have you believe. Here are the top 12 reasons to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">give up sugar</a> (specifically refined or added sugar) forever.</p> <h2>1. Sugar Is Linked With Heart Disease</h2> <p>A 2012 medical article found that in a study involving over 40,000 people over a 22-year period, those who were among the highest quartile of sugary-beverage consumers were 20% more likely than those in the lowest quartile to <a href="http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/125/14/1735">suffer from heart disease</a>.</p> <h2>2. Heart Disease Caused by Sugar Is More Likely to Kill You</h2> <p>Not only does eating excess sugar likely cause heart disease, the heart disease caused by sugar is more likely to cause your death. Over the course of this 15-year study, participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021">die from heart disease</a> as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Those aren't great odds.</p> <h2>3. Sugar Changes Your Heart Physically</h2> <p>So we know that sugar is bad for your heart, but just how bad? A 2013 study published by the American Heart Association found that a particular molecule in sugar <a href="http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/2/3/e004796">changes the protein around your heart</a> and affects the pumping mechanism. This was a controlled study involving the hearts of rats, but subsequently the study's authors also examined failing human hearts and saw many of the same reactions.</p> <h2>4. Sugar Is Worse for Your Blood Pressure Than Salt</h2> <p>We often think of salt as the culprit when it comes to blood pressure. But a December 2014 study found that added sugar is <a href="http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Hypertension/49078">worse for your hypertension</a> than salt. They reviewed multiple studies involving sodium intake, as well as studies involving sugar, and determined that salt may actually have limited effects on your blood pressure, but sugar, in multiple studies, did increase blood pressure.</p> <h2>5. Sugar Destroys Your Teeth (But Not in the Way You Think)</h2> <p>Did you know that sugar isn't directly the cause of tooth decay? What actually destroys your teeth is acid &mdash; not sugar. But there is a link between the two. The sugar ends up causing the bacteria in your mouth to <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-surprising-relationship-between-sugar-and-tooth-decay-232927761.html">produce acid</a>, which causes your teeth to decay.</p> <h2>6. Belly Fat Is Caused by Sugar</h2> <p>Excess fructose intake (not glucose) causes visceral fat cells to mature as found in a 2010 study. In a UK study involving children, scientists found that when children's fat cells are maturing, and glucose is present, more cells <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-06/tes-fsm062010.php">turn into fat cells</a> in belly and visceral (below the skin) fat.</p> <h2>7. Sugar Decreases the Colon Cancer Survival Rate</h2> <p>The Oxford University Press published a study in 2010 that found that &quot;higher dietary glycemic load and total carbohydrate intake were statistically significant associated with an increased risk of recurrence and mortality in <a href="http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/104/22/1702">stage III colon cancer patients</a>. These findings support the role of energy balance factors in colon cancer progression and may offer potential opportunities to improve patient survival.&quot; In plain English: too much sugar is found to decrease the survival rate for those with colon cancer.</p> <h2>8. High Sugar Intake Decreases Breast Cancer Survival Rate</h2> <p>A study published in 2005 links increased carbohydrates and refined sugar with poorer survival rates after a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. This study examined those women with breast cancer, and found that women in remission have much <a href="http://ict.sagepub.com/content/4/1/25">lower blood glucose levels</a>.</p> <h2>9. Sugar Is More Addictive Than Cocaine</h2> <p>In a study with rats, French scientists found that rats <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/9987825/Sweet-poison-why-sugar-is-ruining-our-health.html">chose sugar over cocaine</a>. What is most surprising is that even when the rat was already addicted to cocaine, it still was most likely to choose the sugar over the cocaine. So, it will be no small task to overcome a sugar addiction.</p> <h2>10. Sugar May Be Just as Toxic for Your Liver as Alcohol</h2> <p>In a study published in Nature in 2012, the authors argued that the dangers of sugar may justify putting public health warnings on certain sugary products. And, they cited evidence that refined sugar may be just as <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7383/full/482027a.html#t1">bad for your liver</a> as alcohol.</p> <h2>11. Sugar Is a Toxin</h2> <p>Sugar is now sometimes even referred to as a &quot;poison&quot; because of how terrible it is for you (see the public health warning mentioned above). An incredibly popular lecture on YouTube is called &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM">Sugar: The Bitter Truth</a>&quot; by Robert Lustig, and a similar article sifts through the evidence of referring to <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/brainwaves/is-sugar-really-toxic-sifting-through-the-evidence/">sugar as a poison</a> in Scientific American.</p> <h2>12. Sugar Is Expensive</h2> <p>Beyond the financial costs of helping your body overcome any of the ailments above that plague you, sugar consumption is actually quite tough on your wallet. Assuming you eat an average of 130 pounds of sugar a year (which is the U.S. national average), if you only ate this in the form of white sugar you purchase at the grocery store, you would be spending around $200 a year. But most people consume the majority of their sugar in the form of soda and candy. If you consumed 130 pounds of sugar in cans of Coke, you would be consuming about 1340 cans of Coke, at an average price of 60 cents each; over $800 total. And Coke has a lot of sugar per can, so this is still relatively cheap.</p> <p>Obviously you can't give up all forms of sugar, since fruits and vegetables also contain plenty of sugar (though research suggests that the molecular makeup of fruits and vegetables means that the sugar in these foods does not damage your body the way processed sugar does). But the list above ought to be enough reason to at least start trying to cut down your sugar intake.</p> <p><em>How will you cut back on sugar?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-5-diet-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Make These 5 Diet Moves Now or You&#039;ll Regret It in 20 Years</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo">How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-help-you-fight-fat">5 Foods That Help You Fight Fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty dessert diet fat health risks sugar sweets Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1475755 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_donut_000015769114.jpg" alt="Woman eating less sugar with simple tricks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to be healthier, one of the best things you can do is to cut down on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youll-be-surprised-how-much-sugar-these-10-foods-have">amount of sugar</a> you consume daily. Most of us enjoy a sweet treat once in a while. But there are ways you can treat yourself without going overboard on the sugar.</p> <p>The World Health Organization's recommended daily intake of added sugar is about 25 grams for an adult of average body mass. That's not a whole lot, considering that a can of soda can contain up to 40 grams of sugar. Read on for ways to cut down on sugar in your daily diet. Even if you start with just one of these ideas at a time, you'll be doing your body a favor.</p> <h2>1. Eat a Slow-Burning Breakfast</h2> <p>Start your day off right, and stave off mid-morning sugar crashes, by eating a protein and fiber-rich breakfast. Unfortunately, many breakfast foods tend to be packed with sugar &mdash; pastries, waffles, pancakes, sugary cereals, jams and jellies &mdash; so start substituting a more nutritious first meal. A veggie omelet with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or low-sugar yogurt with fruit and chopped nuts, are better options. If you're in a rush, have some hard-boiled eggs ready in the fridge so you can grab an egg and a piece of fruit on your way out the door.</p> <h2>2. Eat Before You Go Out</h2> <p>Eat a healthy meal or snack before going out. You'll be less likely to indulge in a sweet treat because of hunger, and if you're going grocery shopping, you'll be more likely to make rational and healthy choices.</p> <h2>3. Cut Drink Sweetening in Half</h2> <p>My Achilles' heel is sweet drinks. I love having an iced coffee or tea whenever I go out. To cut down on the massive sugar overload such drinks can entail, I've made a habit of always asking for &quot;half the sugar&quot; whenever I indulge in a specialty drink. It has become so routine that a fully-sweetened drink now tastes excessively sweet to me. While I still need to cut down on these indulgences (a Grande Caramel Frappucino from Starbucks contains a whopping 63 grams of sugar! Even with half sugar, that's just not healthy), it at least gets me a step in the right direction.</p> <h2>4. Substitute Unsweetened Alternatives</h2> <p>I realized that part of the reason I loved having a sweet drink whenever I went out was simply the ritual of getting a coffee and carrying it around, whether it was at a morning playdate at the park, or during a shopping trip at the mall. I switched to ordering a black decaf Americano instead of a sweetened drink. Although I'll still sometimes order something sweet, most of the time, it's just black coffee. (Yes, I realize I would save a lot of money if I made it at home, but... baby steps, baby steps.)</p> <h2>5. Make It Yourself</h2> <p>Making your own treats at home means that you can control the sugar content. How about making a commitment to stop buying packaged cookies and making your own instead? You can usually cut out ⅓ to &frac12; of the sugar called for in most recipes without sacrificing flavor.</p> <p>You can also make your own low-sugar, protein-rich granola instead of cereal. Instead of buying sweetened yogurt, add a bit of honey to plain yogurt. And if you (or your kids) are partial to chocolate milk, trying swirling milk, a banana, and some cocoa powder in your blender instead. A friend of mine also makes a raw, sugar-free, <a href="http://www.irunonnutrition.com/2013/06/27/raw-fruit-chia-jam-my-grown-up-pbj/">chia seed jam</a>, which her kids love.</p> <h2>6. Start Reading Labels</h2> <p>If you haven't started reading nutrition labels on the food you buy, now's a good time to start. You'll be shocked at how much sugar is in your favorite foods. Once you know which foods are the biggest culprits, you can start replacing them with lower-sugar alternatives. For example, Honey Nut Cheerios have nine grams of sugar per &frac34; cup serving, but regular Cheerios have one gram per one cup serving. (Yes, the serving sizes are different. The world of nutrition labeling is an imperfect one.) Even so-called &quot;healthy&quot; foods, such as juice, can have an excessive amount of sugar and may need to be limited.</p> <h2>7. Be Aware of Hidden Sugar</h2> <p>Even foods that we don't think of as sweet can contain a lot of added sugar, contributing to your daily quota. That ketchup you dipped your fries in could be chock-full of sugar, as is the BBQ sauce on your ribs or the dressing on your salad. Reading nutrition labels is your friend in these cases &mdash; limit these hidden-sugar foods or substitute them with a no-sugar alternative.</p> <h2>8. Get Sugar Out of the House</h2> <p>It's too much to expect the average person to resist temptation when it invades their own home &mdash; give yourself a fighting chance by keeping added sugar out of the house. Make a rule that sweet treats are just that &mdash; treats &mdash; meant for a special occasion, not for everyday.</p> <h2>9. Stay Hydrated (With Water)</h2> <p>You might feel a bit peckish, but in reality your body is craving hydration. Fill up a water bottle and make a goal to empty it within a certain time frame. With the extra water, chances are you won't feel as hungry (and you won't be reaching for a soda when you get thirsty). If plain water doesn't appeal to you, make a pitcher of cucumber or lemon water to keep in the fridge.</p> <h2>10. Don't Go Cold Turkey</h2> <p>It's okay to allow yourself an occasional treat. You're more likely to be successful in cutting down on sugar if you do it gradually, instead of by cutting it out completely. Perhaps you can allow yourself dessert on weekends, or ice cream as a reward for fulfilling a goal. Once your body gets used to consuming less sugar, you won't crave it as much.</p> <p><em>Do you have any strategies for resisting those sugar urges?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youll-be-surprised-how-much-sugar-these-10-foods-have">You&#039;ll Be Surprised How Much Sugar These 10 Foods Have</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-calorie-burning-breakfasts">The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty cutting back dieting eating healthy sugar sweets Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:03:27 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1468451 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Body Every Day http://www.wisebread.com/9-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-body-every-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-body-every-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cranky_man_morning_000041470368.jpg" alt="Man doing worst things for his body according to science" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You try your best to eat healthy, exercise, and generally take good care of yourself. But what if all this time, a few bad habits are quietly working to undo all that effort, sapping your energy, and doing long-term damage to your health?</p> <p>Here are the eight worst things that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-science-says-its-ok-to-eat-more-cheese">science says</a> you do to your body. The worst part is, many of us do these things every single day.</p> <h2>1. Sitting All Day</h2> <p>Sitting has been called the younger generation's smoking. It's hard to believe that such a mundane, non-action can have such a big impact on health, but yes, it's really that bad for you. Research has shown that extended periods of sitting &mdash; classified as sitting for more than three hours at a time &mdash; significantly increases the risk of a number of health problems. Too much time on your butt can increase your <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19996993">risk of heart disease</a> by as much as 64%. It puts you at a higher risk for&nbsp;<a href="http://sjp.sagepub.com/content/35/5/510.abstract">certain types of cancer</a>. It's linked to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/nr/Sitting-for-Long-Stretches-Linked-to-KD">kidney disease</a>. And it may shave as much as seven years off your life.</p> <h2>2. Wearing Tight Pants</h2> <p>Love your &quot;skinny&quot; jeans? Just make sure they aren't too skinny; too-tight jeans have been linked to nerve damage. That's right, too-tight jeans can compress a nerve in the groin, leading to a condition called meralgia paresthetica. That can lead to tingling, burning, and pain in the outer thigh that can last for weeks or even months after those jeans go out of style.</p> <h2>3. Letting Stress Get to You</h2> <p>Stress is an important physiological response, but while it's designed to give you the energy to, say, run away from a wild animal, it does little good when you're sitting in an office chair stressing about your to-do list. A 2013 survey by the American Psychological Association found that 45% of adults felt that their stress levels had increased over the last five years. When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life, it's considered &quot;chronic,&quot; and that's when it can have major, long-term effects on your health. Stress has been shown to create muscle tension and pain, and because it typically increases heart rate and blood pressure, can contribute to heart disease. It can increase people's risk of Type 2 diabetes and create a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx">whole host of other problems</a> in your gastrointestinal, nervous and reproductive system.</p> <h2>4. Indulging Your Sweet Tooth</h2> <p>Even if you conscientiously avoid the office candy jar, you're probably eating too much sugar. It is estimated that most people consume as much as 500 extra calories <em>per day</em> through sugar. It's hard not to; sugar is in just about everything. Not only does eating too much make it hard to maintain a healthy weight (which presents a number of potential health problems in and of itself), sugar can also increase your risk of<a href="http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/2/3/e004796"> heart disease</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jdr/2012/789174/">certain cancers</a>, and the same kind of liver toxicity and health effects as you can get from <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7383/fig_tab/482027a_T1.html">overconsumption of alcohol</a>.</p> <h2>5. Staying Indoors</h2> <p>According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. That's only one half of one day per week spent outside. Not only does that typically mean way less exercise and fresh air than mom would have liked you to have, but staying inside comes with a long list of potential health risks. Getting some sun amps up vitamin D intake, an important vitamin that's hard to get in food &mdash; and is essential to health. Spending time outside also helps&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/spending-time-outside-relieves-stress">reduce stress</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-ecotherapy-being-nature-fights-depression-improves-mental-health-and-well-being-261075">improve mental health.</a></p> <h2>6. Failing to Maintain Proper &quot;Sleep Hygiene&quot;</h2> <p>Sleep hygiene isn't about changing your sheets or taking a shower before bed. It's defined as the activities that contribute to better quality sleep. A survey conducted by the National Geographic Channel in 2014 found that 73% of people aged 18 and over sleep less than eight hours per night &mdash; although 54% said they needed at least that much to feel rested. The main reason we get so little sleep comes from failing to prioritize it &mdash; and engaging in a range of behaviors that make getting your daily dose much more difficult. So what does good sleep hygiene look like? It means avoiding stimulants like caffeine and alcohol in the evening hours, establishing a regular bedtime, keeping your bedroom dark, cool and free of distractions, and staying away from electronic devices before bed.</p> <h2>7. Eating Packaged Foods</h2> <p>Packaged foods are so convenient and so accessible that everyone tends to eat at least a few of them. Unfortunately, the vast majority of convenience food tends to be loaded with health saboteurs like trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, salt, and preservatives and additives, all of which have been shown to have negative health impacts.</p> <h2>8. Keeping the Lights On</h2> <p>When the sun sets, we turn on the lights &mdash; and our TVs, computers, and mobile devices. But not only does this tend to keep us up late, it also throws off the body's natural biological clock. Because the body's clock evolved to use light to determine when to sleep and wake, exposure to artificial light can contribute to sleep disorders. The impact the disruption of this rhythm can have on the body can also lead to immune system disorder, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.</p> <h2>9. Staying in a Boring Job</h2> <p>One more reason to quit: Being in a boring job is bad for your health. According to a paper published on the subject in 2012, <a href="http://pps.sagepub.com/content/7/5/482.abstract">boredom at work</a> is associated with increased drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, depression and anxiety, and an increased risk of making work-related mistakes.</p> <p><em>How many of these surprisingly unhealthy behaviors do you engage in each day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-body-every-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-ways-to-reduce-workplace-stress">10 Frugal Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-stressful-job-may-be-making-you-healthier">Your Stressful Job May Be… Making You Healthier?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty everyday things science sedentary sleep stress sweets unhealthy work Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:00:14 +0000 Tara Struyk 1447183 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_ice_cream_000044448920.jpg" alt="Woman eating tempting no-bake dessert" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Between late night baseball games, potlucks, BBQs, and all the other stuff we have going on in the warmer months, there's just not as much time for baking. Thankfully, there are a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts">number of desserts</a> that come together without the use of an oven. The best part? They taste great and can even be quite healthy (at least in some cases).</p> <p>So check out some of our top picks for no-bake treats, and we'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!</p> <h2>1. Icebox Cake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/summer-recipe-nobake-strawberry-icebox-cake-117900">strawberry icebox cake</a> takes just minutes to put together. The &quot;cake&quot; is actually made up of graham crackers. After layering them with strawberries and whipping cream, they soften considerably. Save your best pieces of fruit for garnishing this gorgeous cake, and don't skimp on the chocolate drizzle.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie</h2> <p>You'll crush 16 Oreo cookies for the base of this <a href="http://www.foodista.com/blog/2013/11/09/oreo-peanut-butter-no-bake-dessert">chocolate peanut butter pie</a>. It sets to perfection in your fridge after just three hours. To cut down on fat in the peanut butter filling, try substituting Neufchatel cheese in for the cream cheese.</p> <h2>3. Nutella Cookies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/08/nutella-no-bake-cookies">Nutella cookies</a> combine two of my favorite things: no-bake cookies and, well, Nutella. Of course, you can feel free to experiment with other nut butters and spreads to change the flavor as you wish. And you'll need to use quick cooking oats instead of rolled or steel-cut for the best success.</p> <h2>4. Watermelon Cake</h2> <p>If you're looking for a healthier dessert alternative, try this <a href="http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2013/05/fresh-watermelon-cake-literally">watermelon cake</a>. To make, just cut out the inside of a watermelon, then top with whipping cream beat with powdered sugar and vanilla. Garnish with a colorful assortment of fresh fruits.</p> <h2>5. S'mores Bars</h2> <p>Bring the cookout indoors with these <a href="http://www.momalwaysfindsout.com/2014/08/smores-bars-recipe/">s'mores bars</a>. The mix includes graham cracker cereal, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, syrup, butter, and vanilla extract. Melt all ingredients besides the cereal, then stir together and add more mini marshmallows before pressing into a dish to set.</p> <h2>6. Cheesecake Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/07/bake-cheesecake-bars-fresh-blueberry-sauce/">cheesecake bars</a> are so simple to make! Combine cream cheese with powdered sugar before adding in whipping cream for richness. While they set in your refrigerator, you'll make the blueberry sauce. Consider trying other fruits &mdash; like strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries &mdash; depending on what's in season.</p> <h2>7. Banana Ice Cream</h2> <p>Here's one of the best tricks I've learned in recent years: Bananas make incredible ice cream. This <a href="http://www.sumossweetstuff.com/2013/07/skinny-banana-pineapple-ice.html">banana pineapple ice cream</a> is no exception. Use ripe bananas since they have the most natural sweetness. If yours are green, you can stick them in a paper bag to speed up the process. Blend your ingredients, then pop everything in the freezer for 30 minutes before devouring.</p> <h2>8. Salted Toffee Popcorn</h2> <p>Whether you're watching a movie or just hanging out, this <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/salted-toffee-chocolate-popcorn/">salted toffee chocolate popcorn</a> will hit the spot. After you've popped your popcorn, you'll coat with microwaved chocolate, toffee candy, and salt. You'll want to use coarse sea salt instead of iodized table salt for the best flavor and texture.</p> <h2>9. Creamsicle Bites</h2> <p>Or take your dessert with a side of protein. The secret ingredient in these <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/orange-creamsicle-yogurt-bites/">creamsicle bites</a> is vanilla Greek yogurt. Mix the yogurt with a package of orange Jell-O. Microwave, and stir until smooth (and all the sugar is dissolved). Chill just one hour and then you're done.</p> <h2>10. Cookie Butter Crispy Treats</h2> <p>Snap, crackle, and pop. These <a href="http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2012/12/cookie-butter-rice-krispy-treats.html">cookie butter Rice Krispies treats</a> take your childhood favorite to a new dimension. The only real change to the classic recipe is with the addition of a half cup of cookie butter. You can also use other nut butters and spreads to suit your mood (and your cravings).</p> <p><em>Do YOU have a favorite no-bake dessert we haven't tried?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink desserts no-bake recipes sweets Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1424549 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000047080824_lady_dessert_Large.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dessert. It's my favorite part of the day, and I make a point to have something sweet after dinner almost every night. However, as I've entered my 30s, I've noticed that even with all the working out in the world, I no longer have carte blanche when it comes to eating extras. So, I've begun to rethink the mainstays of my past and exchange them for desserts that taste great and are actually somewhat healthy.</p> <h2>1. Cookie Dough</h2> <p>Stop yourself from buying that plastic tube of cookie dough and make your own <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/02/chocolate-dipped-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-balls/">cookie dough balls</a> instead. These treats are healthy enough to snack on throughout the day, not just as an after-dinner indulgence. They're made from cashews, rolled oats, spelt flour, medjool dates, maple syrup, and dark chocolate.</p> <h2>2. Brownies</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of healthy brownie recipes, but I can't count the number of times this gluten-free <a href="http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/vegan-sweet-potato-brownies-gluten-free/">sweet potato brownie</a> recipe has been recommended to me. Most shocking is the short ingredients list, which is only six items long: sweet potatoes, almond meal, buckwheat flour, medjool dates, raw cacao powder, and maple syrup (and a pinch of sea salt).</p> <h2>3. Ice Cream</h2> <p>If you haven't tried <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/ultimate-vegan-ice-cream.html">banana ice cream</a> yet, please promise me you'll go slice a few bananas right now to freeze ahead. The first time I whipped a batch together, I was skeptical. Now? I can't get enough of the stuff. After the bananas are frozen, you blend them in a food processor with peanut butter and other ingredients (totally customizable) until it turns creamy. Enjoy immediately for best results.</p> <h2>4. Doughnuts</h2> <p>Have you seen all the delicious <a href="http://www.branappetit.com/2012/04/10/whole-wheat-chocolate-cake-donuts/">baked doughnuts</a> popping up in your news feeds? I'm drooling just thinking of them. You can buy a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CYELOQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CYELOQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TXESCAEN6ZZGM7MX">doughnut pan</a> for less than $10 on Amazon and be on your way to healthier treats in no time. This particular recipe is made using whole wheat flour and ground flaxseed, both great sources of fiber not normally found at your bakery.</p> <h2>5. Milkshake</h2> <p>Here's all the smooth texture you love in a milkshake with less of a caloric punch. Try this <a href="http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-vanilla-cashew-shake/">vegan vanilla cashew shake</a> made with chia seeds for thick texture and enhanced nutrition. If you prefer a chocolate shake (I do!), toss in a tablespoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder for good measure.</p> <h2>6. Cookies</h2> <p>These <a href="http://thesmoothielover.com/healthy-avocado-chocolate-cookies/">healthy chocolate cookies</a> have some explaining to do. They look incredibly fudgy and decadent, yet they don't contain flour, sugar, or butter. Not only that, but these cookies also provide a hefty dose of monounsaturated fat from avocado. Sounds too good to be true? Be sure to check out the comments from the many people who've given them two thumbs up.</p> <h2>7. Cheesecake</h2> <p>Cut down on calories and add protein to your favorite cold dessert with this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/greek-yogurt-cheesecake-with-pomegranate-syrup">Greek yogurt cheesecake</a> recipe. If you want to make it even better, try using Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, which has fewer calories. The end result might be slightly softer with this additional substitution, but I like my cheesecake soft and creamy. Don't you agree?</p> <h2>8. Peanut Butter Cups</h2> <p>From baked items to candy, I often crave a dense peanut butter cup. So, I decided to make my own using healthier ingredients from my pantry. These <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2015/02/peanut-butter-hearts.html">vegan peanut butter cups</a> are now stored in my freezer for quick thawing whenever I get a craving for the sweet stuff. And I can pronounce everything that's inside them &mdash; peanut butter, coconut flour, coconut sugar, maple sugar, chocolate, and coconut oil.</p> <h2>9. Cake</h2> <p>Almonds are teeming with vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, which makes them an amazing star ingredient in this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cherry-almond-cake">cherry-almond cake</a>. With less than 250 calories per serving, it's a dessert you can finish with little guilt. Those of you who aren't keen on cherries can experiment with other antioxidant-rich fruits &mdash; like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. &mdash; in the same ratio.</p> <h2>10. Cupcakes</h2> <p>By the nature of their individual size, you'd think cupcakes would help with portion-control. That's not always the case, but you can have confidence that these <a href="http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/09/chocolate-hazelnut-zucchini-cupcakes.html">chocolate hazelnut cupcakes</a> are good for you. They're made with zucchini and &mdash; get this &mdash; are appropriate for those of you who follow the Paleo diet. Three cheers because we can all enjoy this dessert!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite mostly healthy dessert recipes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-healthy-homemade-yogurt-recipes">6 Healthy Homemade Yogurt Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-ice-cream-cakes-for-your-next-celebration">10 Cool Ice Cream Cakes for Your Next Celebration</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy desserts recipes sweets vegan Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1344237 at http://www.wisebread.com Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate_salt.jpg" alt="Salted chocolate" title="Salted chocolate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans &mdash; like no other culture &mdash; love their junk food. We&rsquo;ll stuff our faces with treats salty and sweet until we&rsquo;re intoxicated with saturated-fat euphoria.</p> <p>But what we love even more than sweet snacks and salty snacks separately are the two flavor profiles combined to create mouth nirvana of the highest degree.</p> <p>To get your double-the-pleasure fix without leaving the kitchen, check out these easy-to-make budget-friendly sweet-and-salty recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick&nbsp;Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a>)</p> <h3>Sweet-and-Salty Pumpkin Seeds</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/sweet-and-salty-pumpkin-seeds-00000000021368/index.html">sweet-and-salty pumpkin seeds recipe</a> is easy to make, whether as a quick snack for yourself or finger food at your next fall fete. With only five ingredients &mdash; pumpkin seeds, unsalted butter, sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon &mdash; this crowd pleaser is packed with flavor and takes just over an hour to bake.</p> <h3>Fall Sweet-and-Salty Treat</h3> <p>If you want to satisfy your salty-sweet craving but have no time to fuss with prep work or an oven, this <a href="http://baking.about.com/od/candy/r/fallsweetnsaltytreat.htm">fall sweet and salty treat &ldquo;recipe&rdquo;</a> is for you. Just combine two cups of candy corn with an equal amount of dry-roasted peanuts to create a treat that tastes like a Payday candy bar.</p> <h3>Sweet-and-Salty Popcorn</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-gluten-free-desserts">Gluten-free</a> dieters, rejoice! This <a href="http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/sweet-salty-popcorn-easy-gluten-free-snacks-for-the-super-bowl/">sweet-and-salty popcorn</a> is for you. After popping fresh popcorn, toss it with a butter-and-powered-sugar syrup (using gluten-free ingredients, of course), and sprinkle the coated corn with a teaspoon of salt. Great for a chilly evening in front of the tube.</p> <h3>Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels</h3> <p>This is probably my all-time favorite salty-sweet combo snack; melt-in-your-mouth chocolate combined with the crunch of a pretzel is the stuff culinary legends are made of. For a pared-down version of this <a href="http://candy.about.com/od/chocolate/r/dipped_pretzels.htm">chocolate-dipped pretzel recipe</a>, all you&rsquo;ll need is a 12-ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips, a tablespoon of shortening, and your favorite brand of pretzel &mdash; preferably the larger-sized kind, so you can dip them more easily. If you want to get fancy, once the pretzels are dipped, dip them again in a plate of sprinkles or small candies like mini M&amp;M&rsquo;s.</p> <h3>Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix (for the holidays)</h3> <p>When Land O&rsquo;Lakes created this <a href="http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1792/sweet-n-salty-snack-mix">sweet-and-salty snack mix recipe</a>, they were sure not to mention any other brand names. Luckily, I can tell what the generic descriptions of the ingredients are by looking at the photo. You&rsquo;ll need Bugles corn snacks, a box of Wheat Chex, small pretzel twists, pecan halves, and festive M&amp;M&rsquo;s, among a few other kitchen staples, like corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and, yes, Land O&rsquo;Lakes butter, to create this delicious mix. In total, you&rsquo;ll get about 10 cups of salty-sweet mix.</p> <h3>Chocolate Turtle Sweet-and-Salty Snack</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s interesting to see how creative people can be when they need something salty and sweet right away. This impromptu <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=333742">chocolate turtles recipe</a> hardly takes any time at all, which probably means the recipe&rsquo;s author needed her fix &mdash; and fast! To make this chocolate-caramel-pretzel treat in a jiff, place Rolo candies on mini pretzel twists and microwave for a few second until the chocolate is just soft. When you take the pretzels out, top them each with a pecan half. Quick and ingenious.</p> <h3>Sweet-and-Salty Caramel Snack Mix</h3> <p>No matter how you pronounce it, caramel is a silky-smooth confection that knows how to hit the spot. Your homemade version &mdash; using butter, brown sugar, Karo syrup, and vanilla &mdash; will be used to coat a mixture of graham cracker cereal (like Honey Grahams), honey roasted <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe">peanuts</a>, salted cashews or macadamia nuts, and Pretzel M&amp;M&rsquo;s in this <a href="http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/09/sweet-salty-caramel-snack-mix/">sweet-and-salty caramel snack mix recipe</a>. Your mouth is watering already, isn&rsquo;t it?</p> <p><em>Have a sweet-and-salty snack recipe to share? Let the world know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tempting-no-bake-desserts">10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap snacks cheap treats recipes sweets Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:24:22 +0000 Mikey Rox 717240 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/candy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween candy gets pretty tiring after a couple of days. Here are some ideas for using it up.</p> <h4>1. Homemade flavored vodka</h4> <p>Some candies dissolve <a href="/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">beautifully in vodka</a>, creating &quot;infused&quot; booze. If you plan on making flavored booze for holiday presents or parties, now is the time to start. Besides candies, you can add coffee, rosemary, cinnamon, pepper, citrus fruits, or dried flowers. I&#39;ll bet that Wether&#39;s Originals dissolved in vodka make for some tasty shots.</p> <h4>2. Baking and sweets</h4> <p>Many candies melt in the heat of the over, leaving you with a wonderfully gooey treat. Here are some possible recipes:</p> <ul> <li>Biscuits filled with <a href="http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/01/loser_candy_cooking/">tootsie rolls</a></li> <li>Cookies with <a href="http://kids-educational-activities.suite101.com/article.cfm/what_to_do_with_leftover_halloween_candy">peanut butter cups</a></li> <li>Candy corns chopped up and added to candied yams</li> <li>Crushed Jolly Ranchers and Dummies on top of challah bread</li> <li>Brownies with &quot;fun size&quot; chocolates</li> <li>Popcorn balls with pretty much anything</li> <li><a href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/36/Butterfinger_Cake4513.shtml">Butterfinger cake</a></li> <li>Peppermints (the red and white kind or Peppermint Patties) mixed into hot chocolate or coffee for a cheap mocha</li> <li>Use as an ice-cream sunday topper</li> <li>Freeze until summer, and add to homemade ice cream</li> </ul> <h4>3. Cooking</h4> <li>Sweet and sour sauce (any sour candy will work)</li> <li>Pixie sticks for a porkchop glaze (red or white wine, vinegar, pixie sticks, salt)</li> <li>BBQ chipotle sauce with Smarties or Red Hots</li> <h4>4. Crafts</h4> <p>If candies get stale and seem rather inedible, consider using them for fun arts and crafts.</p> <ul> <li>Make Halloween wreath for next year </li> <li>Candy garlands or ornaments for the Christmas tree</li> <li>Mosiacs</li> <li>Candy necklaces</li> <li>Decorate the <a href="http://www.cleverparents.com/2006/10/31/mom-agination-leftover-halloween-candy-clever-ways-to-make-use-of-it/">holiday gingerbread house</a></li> <li>Christmas cards and gift wrapping decoration</li> </ul> <h4>5. Bribery/Doling</h4> <p>If you are swift enough to grab your kids&#39; candy while they sleep, it can be doled out for MONTHS as bribes. Need the leaves raked? Two Hershey&#39;s kisses per bag (not adjusted for inflation, that&#39;s what I used to get paid). OR, just slowly dole out a piece a day in kids&#39; lunches. My parents used to throw it in our Christmas stockings, too along with nuts and persimmons.</p> <h4>6. Donate it</h4> <p>Nursing homes, doctor&#39;s offices, women&#39;s shelters - everyone loves candy, and spreading the sweetness can be a great way to avoid gorging on it all yourself.</p> <h4>7. Send it to overseas troops</h4> <p>Not so much for chocolate (which doesn&#39;t travel well), but other candy is appreciated as a <a href="http://www.operationshoebox.com/">part of care packages</a> for the troops (US only, not sure about other nations&#39; deployments).</p> <h4>8. Take it to the office</h4> <p>Adults are sometimes able to restrain themselves a little bit more than kids - share those sugary goodies with coworkers.</p> <h4>9. Keep some in the car for emergencies</h4> <p>I keep a small stash of sugary candies in my car. I&#39;m diabetic, and every now and again, I go into insulin shock, meaning that I need to eat something sugary, fast. Car candy has been a saving grace a number of times. Also, you never know when you&#39;ll be trapped in the car for hours with no food or water - candy can be a welcome distraction or sustenance if caught on a moutain pass during a rock slide or the freeway behind a massive accident.</p> <h4>10. Make an Advent Calendar, Pinata, or Holiday Centerpiece</h4> <p>The countdown to Christmas used to be one of my favorite things about the holidays. <a href="http://www.alphamom.com/holiday/2008/10/repurposing_your_leftover_halloween_candy_.php">Alpha Mom</a> has some really great ideas for decorating during November (she counts down the month of November with her adorable advent calendar).</p> <p><em>What do you do with your leftover candy?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cookbooks-for-beginners">The 5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cooking halloween candy leftover sweets trick-or-treat Mon, 03 Nov 2008 20:06:38 +0000 Andrea Karim 2558 at http://www.wisebread.com Now is The Time to Buy: Skis, Winter Coats, Candy http://www.wisebread.com/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75739981_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="the best time to shop for these winter things" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter continues to blast away in the Northeast, other parts of the country are warming up a bit. Regardless of where you live, it's likely that your major retailers are beginning to make way for spring merchandise by having great big sales on all that winter stuff.</p> <p>REI is now having a sale on their winter gear, and now is a good time to stock up on snowboards, skis, boots, gloves, jackets, snowsuits, and everything cold that you can think of. REI is normally a tad on the expensive side, but their sales are good, and they have excellent customer service. Order online if you don't live near an REI, and make sure to look for free shipping. Check out other sporting goods and outdoor equipment stores in your area to see when they start selling off their winter inventory. Sierra Trading Post is always has cheap outdoor stuff &mdash; now it's Spring Skiing time.</p> <p>Coats can be counted on to look more or less the same from season to season, so if you see a fabulous parka at a good price now, get it and you're prepared for next winter. Whether you shop at Target or Nordstrom (or Macy's, or Sak's, or Walmart), there's a good chance that your favorite store is selling, or getting ready to sell, some lovely coats at major discounts. These sales often continue into March, so you might be wise to find out when they end, and snap up the best bargains as the retailers get more desperate.</p> <p>Another thing to grab while you can is leftover Valentine's Day candy. My local Rite Aid can't get rid of it fast enough, so prices are excellent (entire bags of candy for a dollar). Buy it now and you'll have your stash for Easter. There are plenty of non-heart-shaped candies for sale, but even pink cinnamon hearts or jellybeans are good when they fill the inside of a plastic Easter egg. Go to your local drug store, grocery store, or even megamart an grab the V-Day candies in pastel shades before they sell out.</p> <p>In Seattle, where spring is always early, the equipment swaps are gearing up. Now is the time for Seattlites to get their hands on great used bikes. If you are looking for a new-to-you bicycle for spring, Google your local area to see when the swap meets begin.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-touch-screen-gloves">The 5 Best Touch Screen Gloves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-steps-to-buying-lingerie-for-your-wife-girlfriend-or-significant-other">4 Easy Steps to Buying Lingerie for Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-44-ways-to-effectively-resist-impulse-buys">Flashback Friday: 44 Ways to Effectively Resist Impulse Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-classic-impulse-buys-we-need-to-stop-falling-for">10 Classic Impulse Buys We Need to Stop Falling For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping candy coats February gloves jackets purchase Sale season ski equipment snow snowboard sweets Valentine's Day Tue, 20 Feb 2007 20:53:52 +0000 Andrea Karim 289 at http://www.wisebread.com