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Cooking & Baking With Coca-Cola Zero!

There’s a lot of talk these days about eating healthier, especially in reducing our sugar and calorie intake.

This isn’t necessarily for weight loss purposes but for an overall healthier lifestyle. A lot of hidden sugars are found in our food and drinks that we consume. Drinks, in particular are a big culprit of those additional unwanted calories. If you’re a fan of flavoured drinks other than drinking plain water, you’d want to be aware of the calories that could creep up on you, so, stay hydrated wisely with the right kind of drinks.

It is also important to read your food labels to know what you’re consuming. This way, you’ll also find that you are more aware of the ingredients in your food and that you can catch any hidden calories in the nutrition information.

Coca-cola zero is a great drink for quenching one’s thirst if you’re in the mood for something that tastes good and that’s also refreshing. However, besides being a great drink, it’s also an excellent ingredient to cook or even, to bake with.

If you’d like to incorporate something a little different in your cooking or baking regime, try out the following recipes below:

1. Oregon Coke Zero-yaki Marinated Chicken Thighs

This recipe is delicious eaten with a side portion of rice, or a baked potato or even with aglio olio pasta. If you’re going carb free, then have this with a huge portion of vegetables. It’s versatile and easy to make. If you want to make it more child-friendly, omit the red pepper flakes, if you so wish.

2. Coke Zero Sloppy Joes with Shredded Chicken

Sloppy Joes are quintessentially American and there’s no doubting its growing popularity in other parts of the world, including at some restaurants here. Popular with both adults and children alike, it’s a breeze to make and you can also make larger batches of it, portion and freeze them for another day when you’re too busy to cook. An ideal recipe for busy people.

3. Coke Zero Clemson Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Shrimp

For those who like shrimp, this recipe is a cracker! Once again, it’s not complicated to make and it’s one meal you can do quickly. If you can’t find jalapeños, then improvise by using chillies instead or even bell peppers for something a little sweeter and which will then not be spicy, making it child-friendly.

4. Coke Zero Lubbock Spicy Marinated Steak Sandwiches

Steak sandwich lovers will rejoice with this recipe. It’s quick to do, except the only time that this meal needs is the marinating time for the steak. Don’t compromise on marinating time because the longer you leave your steak to marinate, the better it will taste. So, the wait is definitely worth it!

5. Coke Zero Chocolate Cake

For those who have a sweet tooth, we didn’t leave you out. You can have your dessert with lesser calories so you won’t feel so guilty when you indulge! This chocolate cake recipe uses margarine instead of butter, uses low fat buttermilk and thus, it has a lighter calorie content. Buttermilk can be bought at some supermarkets here but it can be expensive. Have a go at making your own buttermilk with this recipe here – it’s easy to make, cheap and you won’t have to get store-bought buttermilk ever again!

Sources: Spark Recipes, Cook Off Before Kick Off & Food Network

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