Quick and Easy Eating Healthy Cake-Almost Homemade
Cooking with Healthy Eating Bisquick Mix
Quick and Easy Healthy Eating Cake-Almost Homemade. If you are trying to cook heart smart it's not always easy to make healthy eating a priority especially for dessert. Most of us "Baby Boomers" are used to having desserts that are filled with calories, high in fat and honestly not "Healthy". I am going to give you some of my tips and a recipe that is quick and easy and uses items you probably have in your cupboard already. After my husband had a heart attack in 2003 I knew we needed to change from our "yuppy" eating habits to a more healthy and heart smart one. I purchased a lot of cookbooks and soon discovered it wasn't going to be easy. We were living a fast paced lifestyle and cooking usually meant eating out or ordering in. I love to cook, but owning my own business (a private school) I had little time for cooking let alone eating.
I worked hard at learning to make foods that were "Heart Smart" and easy to prepare. Here are some of things I discovered:
1.SUGAR is considered a poison to heart smart cooking. Sugar is stored as fat in the body and add pound to you body every time you indulge.
2. FAT is something you need to be aware of in your diet. Many restaurant food, prepackaged foods, desserts, and prepared food are high in fat. The best substitute is Olive Oil a mono-saturated fat that increases "good" cholesterol in your body. Another good choice is canola oil, make sure it is not hydrogenated. Hydrogenated oil although they have not cholesterol as long as they stay in the bottle, have the ability to make cholesterol once you ingest them.
3.Be careful with sugar substitutes, many have been know to cause cancer and other diseases in humans. Choose natural substitute such as agave syrup, or other "natural" sugar replacements.
4. Healthy eating and cooking takes planning. It is easy to choose 1 day per week to do all your cooking for the week. Freeze or refrigerate and reheat through out the week. This is a healthy eating way to make sure you eat smart and not be tempted to eat out or use prepared foods.
I have found that Bisquick make a heart smart mix. This allows me to prepare many of the desserts we enjoy without feeling cheated. I make short cakes served with fruits, cookies make with natural sugar substitutes and our favorite cake. The recipe I have for you is a chocolate cake, it's easy to make and I will give you tips for making other flavors. But, since most people like chocolate and feel that they have to eliminate it to be heart smart. I will teach you how to make a cake that is healthy and tasty.
Chocolate cake the Heart Smart Way!
2 cups heart smart bisquick
2/3 cup water
1 egg or equivalent or egg beaters
2 tablespoon sugar or the equivalent natural sugar substitute
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ( substitute for 1 banana, chopped peeled apple & cinnamon or the flavoring of your choice.
Place all ingredient into a mixing bowl. Stir in until moist hand mix until smooth. Place into a cake pan coated with olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the pan
Serve with non-fat topping, springle with confectioners sugar lightly, or no sugar added fruit spread or jam.
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Olive Oil did you know you can substitute shortening in pie crust with Olive Oil. This can make a fruit pie which is free of cholesterol, while helping your body produce good cholesterol. Imagine that use a little natural sweetener and you have pie without the guilt.
Use olive oil for ALL your cooking and baking need.
Heart Healthy Whipped Topping
1/3 cup ice water (Place water in a glass with ice. Drain 1/3 cup, no ice into measuring cup)
1/2 cup nonfat dry mix powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1/2 cup sugar (equivalent natural sugar substitute)
Place a metal mixing bowl and mixer beater in the freezer until they are thoroughly chille
Mix water, nonfat milk powder and lemon juice in mixing bowl until the mixture forms stiff peaks ( mix stands up when pulled up with spoon). This usually take about 5 minutes
Fold in sweetener by hand with 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, serve over fruit. cake or shortcakes.