- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup finely chopped 33%-less-sodium ham (about 3 ounces)
- 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
- 2 large egg whites
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 400°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese and ham. Combine buttermilk and egg whites, stirring with a whisk. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 to 5 times with floured hands. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cut dough into 8 wedges, cutting into but not through dough. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
At this point, there’s really no good excuses anymore. Whenever you reach into the grocery store’s chilled beverage section and grab a Coke or Pepsi or whatever other high fructose corn syrup/sugar-laden drink that’s your liquid dessert of choice, you know it’s not the best thing for your body. All that sweet stuff is one of the leading causes of obesity, saddles people with diabetes, has been linked to arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, and on and on. It’s, in other words, a known quantity, and that quantity is ruining your body.
But all these aforementioned negatives may just be the tip of the iceberg. If all of that internal organ destruction wasn’t enough to scare you, how about the knowledge that eating sugary substances also messes with your brain? Turns out, eating all that sugar makes you pretty dumb.