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Judymayk, this is my new go-to dessert when I want one! Super easy to put together, and my husband, who doesn't have to watch his weight, just loves it! And last week I found that Dole makes crushed pineapple sweetened in Splenda, so it will save even more calories! I bake it in a 9 x 13 pan and when it's done I score it into 12 pieces. The recipe and nutrition count is in the spark recipe section of this website. Cindy

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KTRIBE,
So proud of you for staying away from the unhealthy ingredients! I need to get on board with that. I know better, but I still buy mixes. Mostly because I have recipes that I love that use them. Did you post your Lemonade cake online?

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I totally adore baking and no one loves my baked goods more than me! So now I restrict my baking to when company is coming or for holiday feasts. That way I can taste my delicious goodies and send the rest home with my guests or hostess.

I still bake my own bread and rolls as store-bought bread is full of GMOs and added gluten. I use unbleached and whole wheat pastry flour - I gave up white flour years ago. I use only butter or good oils (safflower) - no shortening (I tell my students I call margarine and shortening tubs of death - avoid hydrogenated ANYTHING). I usually add oat bran ad/or ground flax. And absolutely NO artificial sweeteners!

I refuse to use box cake mixes - again they are food of GMOs (I teach genetics and biochemistry at the college level so I understand the dangers) and artificial ingredients. I refuse to use Cool Whip (Nasty stuff) to make desserts. I recently made a Lemonade Bundt Cake for a family reunion - I had a heck of a time finding a recipe that did not use box cake and instant pudding. I searched until I found a made-from-scratch recipe. The cake was a HUGE hit and I managed to eat just one piece!

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I have always been blessed by the fact that I don't like traditional frosted cakes - so that helps but I love everything else! I'm not an especially gifted baker, so again, it makes it easier for me to avoid baked goods. I try to avoid these items now, except for the protein packed blueberry muffins SP recipe which I took to a church function. I hate zucchini so I also took the SP zucchini brownie recipe to another function ( really trying to incorporate as wide a variety of fruits and veggies into my eating strategy). I don't tell anyone about their healthier characteristics and simply watch how people respond to them. It's always interesting when someone asks for the recipe!! emoticon

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don't make that stuff!



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I don't use box mixes so it gives me a lot of leeway with how to change recipes around!
I usually switch out the oil or butter (at least 1/2) with unsweetened applesauce...
Most of the time I don't use as much sugar as is directed..
Sometimes instead of egg I use either baking soda and vinegar or flax seed meal whipped with water....
Most of what I bake tends to be quick bread varieties... zuccini/carrot/banana bread with dates! Yum! So you get some veggies and fruits in with your sweet tooth cravings :)



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I have found that the box cake mixes on the market are a whole lot less than years ago. I have been using 11 x 7 inch pan to give a little higher piece, otherwise it looks like you are baking bars. Yes, eliminating baking except for special days. I find the desire to bake more seems to come in the winter time. Having a pot roast in the oven and putting a sweet treat in also.
I'm looking forward to trying some other the neat suggestions many of you submitted here. Especially since I have my sister's son coming home from the army for a visit.

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7/16/13 11:59 A

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I am in the same boat as you! If I bake, I eat! I love baking, but have to give it up if I want to lose weight. I only bake under duress, i.e. for my kids' or DH's birthdays now ;-)


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I just bake as per box. The calories would be what is in the mix and the pineapple... it all depends on the brand you buy. Hope you try it.



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I switched from baking layer cakes to making cakes in a 9x13 inch pan. I end up using less frosting (if frosted), and I can cut it into smaller serving pieces which means I get more servings out of the same recipe - fewer calories per serving.

When I make cookies, I use a very small scoop so the cookies are smaller. Then I don't feel so guilty having 2 cookies, because they're usually smaller than 1 regular sized cookie.

I make brownies in my mini cupcake tin. A 1-bite brownie will usually satisfy my chocolate craving. Keep them in the freezer.

I freeze all cakes, cookies, and brownies I make, even cheesecake can be frozen. I slice cakes into small servings, wrap individually in plastic wrap, then put into freezer bags. I can get 16-18 slices out of a bundt cake, and at least 16 slices out of a 10-inch cheesecake pan.

I also have a muffin-top baking tin, which fools the eye into thinking I'm getting a larger portion than a standard sized muffin.

If a recipe calls for nuts, I chop them very fine, so I can use less and still get the flavor throughout the recipe.

In some recipes, increasing the amount of vanilla will make the batter sweeter, so you need less sugar.

If using apples in a recipe, select a sweeter apple so you need less sugar.

I sometimes buy bagels in the bakery section of my supermarket. When I get home, I cut them in half immediately, and store them in the freezer. If I buy muffins at the store, I cut them in half also and freeze. A half bagel or muffin is enough for a serving, because the whole one is so large it's 2 standard servings.

As for bread, I buy thin-sliced bread. My favorite is Sara Lee Delightful Multigrain - 45 calories per slice, so I can have an occasional sandwich or toast without overloading on carbs.

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To Mommy 043 who posted about the angel food cake and pineapple. Do you just cook it as it says on the box then? Do you know how many calories that would count for? Sounds easy and yummy! (if I did this wrong sorry, not quite sure how to use this site yet)

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Potatoes mashed with celeriac or snowball turnips are other alternatives that are tasty, too.



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I love to bake too, I have cut back or deleted the bake goods completely. Sometimes those pesky carvings sneak up on you and nothing seems to settled them down. So I have re-worked many recipes; substituting applesauce, prunes, yogurt, etc. in place of fats and oils. SparksPeople has good recipes as well. I have added flaxseed, raisins, cranberries, and other high fiber healthy options to the recipes to help give better nutrition to them. So it gives me the satisfaction with little more healthy outcome.

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I find that if I don't have something sweet to eat then I am more likely to buy sweet stuff from a shop. If I make it myself I know exactly what has gone in. I use sucralose to replace sugar in my sweet recipes and always reduce the fat by 25%. I do find that I need to add a little acid such as lemon juice to allow cakes to rise when using sucralose.
This way I can have a low sugar, low fat slice of moist banana cake for lunch or breakfast with some fruit and a drink of milk and enjoy it and incorporate it into my food plan. It is no different to having a slice of bread with a teaspoonful of butter and a third of a banana sliced onto it in ingredient and calorie terms.
The cake keeps nicely moist and fresh if wrapped in cling film and stored in the refrigerator, or it can be sliced, wrapped and frozen. I haven't taken sugar or sweeteners in tea since I was a teenager, so I rarely have sweeteners except in one mug of coffee in cold weather or a very occasional soda or sugar free cordial.
The speculation regarding artificial sweeteners does not worry me, because until sufficient high quality research is done and proper evidence is collected and evaluated speculation is all that it is: yet another scare story to confuse and worry the public with the aim of selling advertising, promoting headline opinions that court controversy rather than news that adds to our knowledge.
Any topic to do with health, sex or appearance is a cash cow for the headline industry and scare stories about diet and weight loss are top of the list as they incorporate our worries about all three of these panic buttons.

Edited by: 1954MARG at: 7/13/2013 (09:48)


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If I haven't already replied, I will now.

My strategy for baked goods is that I RARELY bake. I am a great baker, but unfortunately baked goods are my binge trigger. It is soooooo hard to keep a tray or pie or whatnot in the house. I know myself well enough to know that I'll eat two slices now, a slice later, a slice after dinner, another one tomorrow morning, 2 in the afternoon, 1 with supper, one before bed, and soon enough they are all in my belly in the span of 3 days (if they make it that long). And did I just not eat anything else besides the banana bread/regular bread/brownies/cinnamon buns/cake? heck no. I've eaten everything else that I should have. Well, except maybe the fruit. I've subbed the baked goods for those. Uggg. SO there's a thousand or more extra calories a day that I didn't need. If I could stop with just 1 piece, sure. But alas, just not keeping them around is my strategy.

I didn't get to be over 100lbs overweight by portion-controlled ingestion of delicious-tasting foods.

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I love, love, love to bake! My hubby loves my killer banana bread, so I make it, have some that fits into my calories for the day, then slice and freeze the rest for his work week breakfasts.

I make healthier stuff for me - whole wheat pancakes, muffins, and freeze them into portions that fit my calories for breakfast....no thinking, quick breakfasts! Perfect for this busy mommy!

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MOMMYO43
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My go to dessert when I am watching is .... pineapple angel food cake
buy angel food cake mix that says just add water.... instead of water add a can of crushed pineapple and bake as directed.



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I like baking too, in fact it's my side business! I love to give away, and make healthy options too. My daughter is lactose free, and gluten free so I am trying to find baked goods that taste great, but only as a special treat such as birthday's. I have a birthday party for a friend on Saturday and she has requested one of my desserts. She is watching her weight, and so I want to lighten up without the rest of the family(her's as well) knowing it. By the way, you are doing a great job on your weight loss, I wish you much continued success!



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Sometimes I just get one portion and split it. Best not have it around.



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don't buy baked goods-I keep telling yu!--They are full of bad stuff anyway---Eat an orange!-Lynda emoticon



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In the past, I froze cupcakes. I've also baked, saved some for my family and have taken the rest of goodies down to the fire house.
I also loved making and indulging homemade hot chocolate as a treat in the winter.

Now I experiment with protein shakes! I have found they are quite delicious and filling.
I do keep some hot chocolate packets handy. Sometimes, when I have a craving at night for chocolate, I make some hot chocolate with water and almond milk. It's filling, satisfies my craving and seems to help me sleep.



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don't buy them-!



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Probably not the best answer but for right now I just don't eat them. Too tempting. I need a straight break from them. But I do make them for my family.

Other times I do the same as everyone else - I freeze them. I also give them away. I enjoy baking, even if I don't get to eat it.



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I slice and freeze cakes and cookies. I have many allergies so I bake what we need. This allows me to make smaller recipes and freeze what we don't want to eat in a day.

I also work with many younger people (college aged) who simply don't have time, facilities or in some cases, the skills, to bake goodies. So they always gobble down what ever I bring in.



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I try to stay far far away from baked goods because I do have a sweet tooth. but whenever I feel like indulging I try to look for "clean eating" recipes for cakes, etc. there is a ton out there! let me know if you'd like some :)



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don't buy baked goods!!--Outta sight-outta mind!



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There's a single serving brownie recipe that's really good on Spark, and helps with the chocolate cravings. I also love, love, love baking. I love my own baking so much it's hard to control myself, so I do the same thing as the poster before me...I make it for church. Every Sunday, I get a little piece, and there's no left overs to take home.



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I only bake things for church and birthdays. If I have any leftovers I put it in the freezer. And take one out at a time.

I don't do sugar free or fat free or diet food in general. It is not satisfying and only leaves me craving the real thing.

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This may not help, but I bought a mini doughnut maker. I have played with different recipes: gluten free pancake mix (not much) with flax meal, pureed fruit or halved blueberries, a little bit of lemon juice, small amount of sugar or stevia. The doughnuts are tiny and I'm adding healthier choices. I actually do this because my kids hate all fruit...so this is a strategy to get something decent in them. But the doughnuts are tiny portions (if you freeze them individually), easy to make and you can do anything with them.

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Its on a website I use a lot for recipes - www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com



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I will try that. Do you have a recipe or is it on Sparks?



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I add ground flax to my oatmeal. Also when you get to chia try making chocolate chia pudding. Its pretty good



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I LOVE TO BAKE! and I can make some mean Polish Pastries... but they are all made with Lard, real butter and tons of sugar. One even calls to roll your pastry using sugar instead of flour. I go through half a bag. SO... my new baking "thing"... is to take a grain, or seed or a super food of some sort. Learn about it, then bake something, or more with it. This week I learned TONS on Flax seed and why it needs to be cracked, and not whole, and how to cook and bake with it. Next week my goal is to learn everything I can about Chia. I learned Quanoa (sp?) and other great foods I now like and are better than lard, butter and sugar. I still like a great Koloscki, but only once a year.



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whole wheat flour
agave syrup
sugar free choclate chips

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don't buy it--don't bake--



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When I used to eat sweet treats, I used to love baking, but since I gave up sugar, I gave up baking.

I learned other types of cooking to help me indulge my love of the "process".

I've found Italian cooking and Indian cooking the best substitutes...and yes, it is possible to cook extremely healthy meals in both cuisines!

The stuff you see served up in restaurants (particularly in the US!) are the worst possible foods from both cultures!!!

In fact, you'll find most of the hugely fatty, oily Italian and Indian meals are Western inventions created by immigrants to suit US and UK taste!!

These cuisines will help you how to cook with "love" if you are patient enough to learn their radically different techniques.

Give it a try!



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One website I love is Chocolate Covered Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com) . It's a healthy dessert blog and focuses on making healthy, mostly vegan desserts. The other good thing about the website is it offers small portions - for example, a recipe to bake one muffin! The downside is that sometimes it uses a lot of specialty ingredients, but these can be substituted easily with whatever you want. Highly recommended for dessert lovers!



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I love reading all these thoughts! My family isn't big on baked goods either but I love getting my hands dirty in kneading or mixing. My husband gets coupons from a couple of his co-workers for me and I try to make them something every now and again to thank them. This is a great idea! I will just bake what I want and send it in with him!

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Like everyone on this message board, I too, love to bake. My best strategy is to bake and get it out of the house. I have a couple different people that love to get some of my baked goodies! When my kids are all home, I tend to bake more and plenty to last. They can eat a batch of choc. chip cookies in one evening! So when I make extra, I freeze it in small containers and just keep pulling it out as needed. I try to bake when they are not home so they don't see how much I really make! Yes, sometimes it is tempting to eat it, but I know how proud I will be of myself when I resist!

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I bake, enjoy one, share with 2 of my neighbors and family and freeze any leftovers... if I want that second cookie or muffin, I have to wait until it defrosts. The time gives me a chance to think twice about my decision.

Edited by: DIVAMAMAOFTWO at: 7/4/2013 (18:56)
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www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/

That does look like an interesting site.
I'll have to peruse it when I get more time.
Thanks for sharing the info, JOLA11

www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/recipes-by-pic
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I'm having a blast with my new convection oven baking meringue drops. I used to eat the meringue without cooking it but I decided it is safer to cook the egg whites and not risk the food poisoning. I drizzle chocolate sauce on top of the meringue drops made from Hershey's cocoa powder. No fat, no sugar. Pretty good, too.



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I bake only when others are coming over--and I send leftovers home with them.



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I make dessert servings for one from the Hungry Girl cookbooks.

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6/30/13 3:55 P

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Lots of great ideas here!! Will have to check into the resources for future reference. Thx all 4 posting!!!



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Lots of great ideas. My problem is that my daughter is working in a bakery this summer, bringing home different treats each night. So far I've avoided most of it (well, except for the applie pie slice, and the chololate bomb and ...), but then I eat other things to compensate and the calorie count goes up anyway. I think it's going to be a tough summer.

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Lots of great tips on this thread - thanks all!

Although I too like to bake, I have learned something about myself - if it's around I'll eat it. If it's in the freezer I can unfreeze more than one portion too. So, if I have a craving that just won't go away I will walk to the grocery store and pick up a single serving of something, be it a muffin, a cookie or a chocolate bar. That way I get a walk in and I don't have to worry about leftovers "calling my name". Of course whatever it is gets added to my tracker.





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One of my favorite websites is http://www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com. She does a lot of desserts, subbing in healthy ingredients. It might be worthwhile to check out and see if you can find something that will ease a sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar. Personally I keep her date / almond / peanut butter raw cookies in the fridge all the time. They are so rich it only takes one to ease my sweet tooth.



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There is some awesome tips on this topic here! Thank you so much Im learning alot!

For me its not an option to just not have baked goods around... my family consists of a husband two teenagers 2 grandkids that love those things. One of my grandsons favorite things to do is bake with me... most weeks we do this activity together 2 to 3 times a week.

I have started looking for healthier ways of making some of the same baked goods.... healthy subsitutes like unsweetened applesauce.... using pumpkin in brownies.... making zuccini bars rather than something that is higher in sugar....banana ice cream....

I have yet to find a way that I can control my obsession with over eating on these things... the only thing that seems to avoid this is totally not having even one bite! Baked cakey or bread type foods are my weakness!

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That is actually quite brilliant.



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I saw another option relating to the freezer and baked goods (hope I haven't already said this - I didn't see it here).

Make the cookie dough.
Make the cookie lumps (this is for drop cookies mainly - like choc chip and the like).
Put them on parchment on the pan, and freeze - like that.

When frozen, store in zipper bags in the freezer, baking only enough for the serving you wish to have at the time, when you need them.

I've since adapted my banana bread strategy to take the frozen slices which already are wrapped in waxed paper, and place each slice in a snack-sized zipper bag, and keep in freezer. Should prevent freezer burn, and when I take one out of the freezer to defrost; I don't need to worry about it drying out while defrosting.



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Absolutely, I think the important part is to find what foods work for you and what sends you out of control. Once you know the specific problem areas you can work to find healthy substitutes. I spent too many years binging and then throwing up my hands thinking I just didnt have any willpower. Truth is, I can do this - we all can - but its important to take the time to learn about yourself, not follow a cookie cutter plan. Only then does this become manageable.



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That sounds like a very sensible approach, Hikeluv. Dietician Becky says, "If you HALVE it, you can HAVE it."
There are some foods, though, that I'm better off abstaining from altogether - brownies, for example.



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My big love has always been homemade bread. Unfortunately, due to Celiacs and some sensitivities to even the GF grains I can't really make a great loaf of bread (by my estimation). Good news - nothing in the kitchen to binge on!

Overall I'm a fan of portion control with sweets (I couldn't do that with salty foods, though!).
A local bakery makes an amazing gluten free Dark and Stormy picnic cake (like a whoopie pie). I'm sure it's not low-cal, low-fat, low-anything, but I don't intend to give up things I love, just cut down the servings, so I'll eat half. Yum!

I like SLIMKATIE's idea that you have to make choices while losing that you can live with for the rest of your life, or the pounds won't stay gone. I'll sub healthier foods for most categories, but for a favorite (that isn't a binge trigger) I'd rather have a smaller serving.

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Wow, this thread is a well of excellent info.
I have just learnt not to eat it, and after about a month, I did not want it anymore.
I still want moist brow bread though. (My kids won't touch my home made bread)



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Hungry Girl is a great place to get healthier baking recipes. Like single serve cake you microwave, so you can't binge since you are making just one serving in a coffee cup. And recipes that use healthy alternatives to oil and eggs in cake mixes, like 1 cake mix, 1 cup water, 1 cup no sugar added applesauce, bake as directed and serve with lite cool whip. I did it with a spice cake. It was the dessert on Easter Sunday and everyone raved about it.
I think it's also where I learned to make healthier mashed potatoes by making them half cauliflower. There is really no difference except you don't add much milk as the cauliflower has a bit more moisture in it. Tastes just like mashed potatoes, too!



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Thats awesome, personally moderation is just not my strong point emoticon . Once I start on the processed stuff, one serving of anything is just not possible. I have learned that when I don't drink soda and avoid artificial sweeteners, my sugar cravings almost disappear. I do keep healthy sweets (like raw cookies made with almonds, dates and sugar free peanut butter, sugar free cakes that I make at home, greek yogurt which is awesome with fruit and a touch of honey). If I have something healthy to ease the craving, I am less likely to go eat a whole box of cookies. Also, I use smoothies to ease a chocolate fix - milk, banana, unsweet cocoa, ice - yum. The awesome thing about food is you can keep playing with different recipes til you find what works for you!



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Strategy is only to eat in moderation. If I want a cookie I will have A cookie
Options buying a healthier version instead of ice cream I buy frozen yogurt. Instead of cookies I will buy a box of slim fast chocolates.



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Two books you should check into:

Small-Batch Baking by Debbie Maugans
Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (yep, Jerry's wife!)

The 'Small-Batch' book is self-explanatory. I've dog-eared my copy like crazy and have actually memorized some of the recipes. My fave is her Big Blast Oatmeal Cookies which I load up with everything in the pantry and eat for breakfast, and the Moist Fudgy Brownies which I bake in muffin tins so I have lots of crispy edges.

'Deceptively' adds chopped / pureed veggies to everything from main dishes to desserts. They're full-size recipes, but it shows you how to healthy-up your baked goods.

I also have a number of toaster oven cookbooks and "cooking for one or two" cookbooks. Hit up your local library, or find cheap cookbooks on half.com.



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I have a family of 4 who loves that stuff...so I don't really have to cut down sizes of things, but sometimes instead of a loaf, I will make muffins so that they are single serve.
When I make cookies, I take at least half of them to work or send them to my brother. I have tried to make 1/2 cookie batches and they never come out right.
I no longer use butter or oil in anything I use unsweetend applesauce and or canned unsweetened pumpkin.



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I'm in college & don't have a kitchen, so cooking/baking is far and in between. I can't wait until I have my own place though so that I can do it all the time!



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I love to bake too. But my only option is to give it all away. So I'll bake and then bring it into work the next morning. That way I know others are enjoying it and I don't feel guilty. If I don't give it away, I end up eating several servings a day. It's not worth it. It's difficult, but I enjoy baking too much to give it up while I'm trying to lose weight.
I also keep a tall glass of water on the counter while I'm baking and take a drink anytime I am tempted to eat a spoonful of batter/chocolate chips/frosting/whatever while I'm baking. That helps curb the temptation most of the time.



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I would suggest 2 possible ways to keep calories and portions in check. 1) Vitalicious vitamuffin tops: they are super good, 100 calories each and loaded with protein, fiber, and vitamins. They come in several chocolate varieties, banana chocolate chip (think banana bread), and even carrot cake. Find them in the specialty frozen foods section. 2) cake in a cup recipes, Hungry Girl has loads and loads of them in her cookbooks, probably can be found on-line as well. They are good, quick, easy, and perfectly portioned controlled.



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If you want sweet baked goodness, with limited portion size, you might like vitalicious vitamuffin tops. They come in several chocolate varieties, plus choco-banana (replace banana bread), and even carrot cake (soooo Yum). I found them in the specialty frozen foods of my grocery store, keep in the freezer and microwave for 30 seconds anytime you need a sweet substitute. They also boast tons of protein, fiber, and vitamins-bonus!



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My simplest solution - baking myself.

I use gluten-free flour (wheat bloats me, makes me tired), fruits like cranberries, frozen blue berries, crushed nuts, applesauce (instead of oil, though I sometimes add oil if it needs to loosen up), local honey, and splenda. I've had fun adding sugar-free pistachio pudding mix and pistachios into my mix from time to time, minus the dried/frozen fruit. I switch it up each time, depending on what's in the kitchen, but it doesn't take that long to whip up and I share half the batch with my parents (in their 70s) and it helps sustain my energy whereas regular bread products make me lethargic.

The only diet plan that provides me with energy all day long is one that excludes wheat for the most part. I'll allow myself one health-ful nut bread slice a day, rice from time to time, and my homemade muffins (baked on a weekend) as snacks/breakfast options during the workweek and everything else is bread/pasta free. About once a week, I have a pasta-based dinner dish. It's my best solution to still enjoy bread products.

"We have met the enemy - and it is us."

The only weaknesses we have are the ones we allow ourselves to have.


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I love baking too - and if I keep it around - I will eat it. I try to focus my baking on times when I have a party or other event to go to. That way I get my fix and can get the rest out of my house. If I really feel like baking and don't have an event to take them to, I'll split them up, keep a few for my husband and I and give the rest away to friends/coworkers.



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I am weak and can't resist homemade bread very well!!! . . . and I will admit I salivated at a homemade cinnamon roll (with white flour and sugar) one of my husband's customers recently sent home with him . . . and I took 'a bite'. It was good, incredibly sweet and I convinced myself (training my brain) that it was poison 'of sorts' and just a deceitful lure.

I buy whole wheat bread and pita and limit my intake somewhat. I still make baked goods of every variety but have adapted, created or found (sometimes, very old or foreign) recipes to reflect my preferred ingredients--whole wheat flour, cornmeal, flax-seed meal, rice, oat or other flours and use honey, sorghum, molasses, applesauce, fruit, dates, raisins, spices, etc. for flavor and sweetening. Over the years, I have learned to adjust my bread tastes to 'prefer' the more nutty, robust and even chewy textures of the 'flour' products. Although these breads can be very high in calories and natural sugars, it takes much less to 'hit the spot' and are extremely healthy.

I like breads, pastas, etc. -- both the good and the bad stuff. Since I have got my diet back on the healthy track, I have eliminated 75% of my former bread intake (even more at the beginning of my current weight loss efforts) and hope to maintain this current lower balance. I seldom eat more than one or two servings a day.


Wiggle room on my weight! Getting consistent with exercise tipped the scales . . . in a good way~just don't think I need to lose any more--just get firm and fit!

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I have learned if I take baked goods to work I will only eat one. Or I can freeze a couple and take the rest to work. That way I have my "Emergency" sweets available in small portions to avoid bingeing.



 
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