Pumpkin Apple Cake

Bundt cakeServing Size: 1 slice
Serves: 24

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Nonstick cooking spray or flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine cake mix, pumpkin, cinnamon, apple juice, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl.
  3. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into a 12 cup Bundt pan or a 9”x13” cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray and floured.
  5. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in cake center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes. Then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition information per serving: 100 calories, 1.5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 25mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 20g total carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 10g sugar, 2g protein

This recipe is courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website. For more information, recipes, and videos, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/.

Quick Fruit Dessert

fruit dessertServing Size: 1/2 cup | Serves: 8

Ingredients:
8 vanilla wafers
2 cups low fat or nonfat milk
1 box (3.5 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
1 cup fresh fruit (peaches, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, etc.)

Instructions:
1. Place one vanilla wafer on bottom of a small paper or plastic cup or a small bowl. Do the same for each vanilla wafer.
2. Pour milk into a bowl, add pudding mix, and prepare pudding according to the directions on the box.
3. Top each vanilla wafer with 1/4 cup vanilla pudding.
4. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 8 hours.
5. Top with washed and cut up fresh fruit just before serving.

Nutrition information per serving: 90 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 19g total carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 17g sugar, 2g protein

This recipe is courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website, www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings

Tips for Healthier Holiday Meals

Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit. Select a variety of vegetables for a great way to add color to the meal. Dish up smaller portions of meat on your plate.
Cut back on sugar. Use non-nutritive sweeteners in place of sugar for pie fillings, puddings, and cranberry sauces. You can usually reduce the amount of sugar by 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 in recipes that are high in sugar.
Lower the fat.
  • Use egg whites or a nonfat egg substitute instead of whole eggs.
  • Substitute a nutty cereal for half the amount of pecans in pecan pie.
  • Substitute chopped vegetables for some of the bread in stuffing.
  • Omit butter and margarine from stuffing recipes.

Be dessert smart. Cut pies in smaller pieces. Serve a large platter of fresh fruit along with traditional desserts. Try the Hurry-up Baked Apples for dessert. Bake fewer varieties of
cookies and bars and make them smaller. Use fat free whipped topping.

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