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Old 02-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Giving Up Junk Food.

Some of my friends gave up junk food for Lent and it has been really hard. I was wondering if anyone had fairly healthy recipes (that don't include bran, I'm not a big fan) for anything baking-wise really, cookies, muffins and such that I could make for them. If anyone has any recipes I would love to try them out! Thanks!

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Old 02-21-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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Tell them congrats, it's definately tough giving up things you love :P I gave up soda pop a few months ago, but now I can't get enough of this strange liquid called "water", I love it! I hope you find some good healthy recipes for them, and good luck
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:54 PM   #3
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Try making a fruit cake just don't go wild on the sugar. Use fresh or dried fruits. Avoid using jams since they contain excess sugar. If you want it jam-like, just mush it up yourself. Try buying weight watcher coobooks (I use them) and they have desserts in them. The fruit cakes require no bran, so you're safe.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:06 AM   #4
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A baked treat seems like cheating, even if healthy. How about a Cannoli Dip? Mix one carton of ricotta cheese with 1/4 cup or so of powdered sugar and a tiny splash of vanilla. If you have vanilla sugar, use 1 tsp of that with the powdered sugar. Dieters can use Splenda or the like. Grate a bit of decadent dark chocolate over top (2 Dove squares is satisfying). If you need to lighten or smooth the texture with a bit of whipped topping, feel free. We prefer a whole milk ricotta and no whipped stuff. Dip fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, even grapes ... and the kids go wild dipping graham cracker sticks in it. Adults enjoy some chopped pistachios sprinkled in.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:14 AM   #5
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Ever had "dump cake?" ... I hadn't made one since college, I don't think. But for some reason I threw one together last weekend and my daughter (13 and LOVES to cook) thinks I'm a modern day hero, mostly because I always have staples like canned fruit and cake mix on hand, LOL.

One big can favorite fruit, such as peaches, fruit cocktail, etc. in light syrup or natural juice. Drain, reserving juice, and spread fruit into 9 x 13 baker. Sprinkle a box of jello powder over fruit. (I used peaches and mandarin oranges with apricot jello). Sprinkle one dry cake mix over the jello layer, white or yellow is fine. Add water to reserved juice to make 1-1/2 cups liquid, and drizzle over top of cake mix. Slice and spread 1 stick butter over liquid layer. Bake at 350 for an hour or until golden on top. Serve with ice cream, frozen yogurt, fresh whipped cream, etc. Kinda hit the spot!

Note for restricted diets - I did see a low sugar cake mix recently and Jello is available sugar free with Splenda, so should also be safe for baking!
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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Emz, do the oatmeal chippers recipe. You can omit the chocolate chips and put in chopped nuts or craisins or chopped up dried apricots. That way they are healthy, but still a COOKIE!!

Good luck girl. (Hey what did you give up for Lent?)
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:05 PM   #7
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Thanks for the awesome recipes! I gave up complaining for lent. Sometimes I can get a little over anxious about my marks and am prone to complaining. It also really bugs people. So I gave it up. lol.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:12 PM   #8
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To me there is a big difference between junk food and desserts. Junk food is pop, candy, chips, etc. While desserts are cakes and cookies and all things bakes sweet.
So if someone told me they have up junk food, I would have no problem serving them baked goodies.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:26 PM   #9
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[quote=AMSeccia;554150]A baked treat seems like cheating, even if healthy. [quote]

Exactly how is a healthy baked treat like cheating if you're giving up junk food? If it's healthy, then there's nothing wrong with eating it. Is it that the food is cooked and may have oil in it? If that's the case, then don't cook at all.
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Well, sorry ... it's just an my impression and overall observation. I don't necessarily observe that particular tradition during Lent. But most of those I know who do observe (including family members), won't have ANYTHING "enjoyable" if they've given up junk food, as "sweets" falls under that non-essential, empty calorie, junk food category.

I didn't mean to offend ...
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