They can be so hard to resist this time of year. Those seasonal pumpkin pastries and lattes at the coffee shops and bakeries smell so good that it is easy to forget just how many calories those desserts are packed with. It may seem like a small delicacy here or there won’t hurt anything, but those calories quickly add up. So instead of giving into temptation next time you’re at Starbucks, try making these same treats at home and save yourself some extra calories.
Just ask Becca Day. This Draper mom lost an amazing 120 lbs. in less than a year and has been focusing on making sure it stays off by eating healthier versions of her favorite recipes. Cooking for her husband Ben (who has lost 60 lbs. so far as well) and her daughter Kat, has made her realize that a healthy diet goes beyond fruits and vegetables. “I realized that not only do we need to eat healthier entrees, but we need to find healthy alternatives to the naughtier foods we have enjoyed too much of in the past as well.”
Overconsumption of those calorie-laden foods is the main cause of weight gain in people of all ages, but that also poses another problem. Once you have a taste for these foods, it’s hard to forget them. So to keep her and her family healthy, Becca has come up with a few tricks that keep their sweet tooth satisfied without all the sugar and fat. “I have been using Splenda and agave nectar in place of sugar, applesauce in place of butter or oil in baking recipes, and flax seed meal or whole wheat flour in place of white flour.” Not only are they still tasty, but nutritious too. It may take a few tries (and you may need to try many recipes before you find one that works), but by instituting this simple lifestyle change, you can keep your family healthy and fit and give them healthy eating habits for the future. “I have had a few fails that I just threw away right after tasting, but so many have turned out great. I am very lucky that my husband is happy to eat the healthier foods to help him progress in his weight loss journey too!” says Becca.
Try this fabulous pumpkin bread recipe that has become a staple in the Day house.
Pumpkin and Cream Bread
(makes 2 loaves)
- 1-1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
- 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1 whole egg
- 3 egg whites
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 2/3 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. Stevia Cup For Cup sweetener
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
- 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
- 1/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1 T. all-purpose flour
- 2 egg whites
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- For the Batter: With an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin, applesauce, egg, and egg whites on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, Stevia, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
- For the cream cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg whites and flour until creamy and smooth.
- Grease 2 8x4x2″ loaf pans. Divide half of the batter between the two pans. Pour half of the filling in one pan and the other half in the second pan and smooth with the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining batter.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t over bake or your bread will be dry on the edges. Cool and remove from pans. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
One serving (2 slices) = about 100 calories