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Great Muffin Makeovers

by in Healthy Recipes, September 15, 2013

Apple Muffins
Store-bought muffins, a grab-and-go favorite, can average a hefty 400 to 500 calories each. Make your own healthier version and you’ll get the same delicious flavor for about half the calories.

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16 Healthy Apple Desserts

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, September 13, 2013

apple with crisp topping
Hard to believe, but apple season is just about under way! Here are a few ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Classic Desserts
Nothing says apple season like pie and other baked goodies. These lightened-up versions deliver the flavor you love for fewer calories.

Apple Crisp
Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust
Rustic Apple Pie with Dried Cherries
Apple Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers
Apple Cranberry Galette
Apple-Berry Brown Betty

Weeknight Desserts
These easy, guilt-free delights make for fabulous after-dinner sweets during the week.

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5 Ingredients: Wheat Berry Burgers

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, September 10, 2013

wheat berry burger
Are you loving wheat berries but tired of only using them only in salads? Try this super-delish wheat berry burger instead, which calls for only five ingredients.

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How to Make a Healthier Pound Cake

by in Healthy Recipes, September 9, 2013

lemony pound cake
According to culinary lore, pound cake got its name because the original recipe called for a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. But that doesn’t mean every loaf has to pack on the pounds! Food Network Kitchens developed this healthier take by making a few simple switches to the classic. Here’s how to help this beloved cake slim down.

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5 Fun Things To Do With Tomato Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, September 7, 2013

eggs in tomato sauce
When the season comes to a close, don’t let those fresh tomatoes go to waste! Make your own tomato sauce, then freeze and use it these five ways.

#1: Soup
Make a speedy bowl of tomato soup using tomato sauce. It’s a perfect way to get your dose of lycopene, an antioxidant shown to help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Recipe: Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup

#2: Eggs
Shakshuka (aka Eggs in Purgatory) is a mouthwatering Israeli dish. Cut prep time by using premade tomato sauce like in Giada’s recipe.

Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory (above)

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Make Your Own Lunch Kit

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 31, 2013

lunch kit
Say sayonara to store-bought lunch kits! These DIY versions will make your kid the envy of the lunchroom.

Nutrition Facts
Pre-packaged lunch kits sure seem convenient, but the quality of the food is subpar at best. Popular options include crackers and processed meats and cheeses, coupled with sugary drinks and cookies. The calorie counts vary from 300 to 450 per serving, with 8 to 20 grams and fat, plus 30 to 40 percent of an adult’s sodium needs for the entire day. What’s even more disturbing is the staggeringly long list of ingredients, usually chock-full of preservatives.

Packing Up
Bento-style containers make homemade lunch kits a breeze. Compartments keep food fresh and allow little fingers to snatch up and assemble their favorites. Most set-ups retail for $15 to $25 each at Pottery Barn Kids and Laptop Lunches. Resealable plastic bags and small plastic containers can also get the job done.

Getting Fresh
Here are 5 fresh lunch combos that keep the menu fun and healthy.

  • Thick-sliced roasted turkey, cheese cubes, edamame and yogurt-dipped pretzels (above)
  • Greek yogurt, fresh berries, granola and carrot sticks
  • Grilled chicken, tortilla chips, black bean salsa and broccoli florets
  • Mini PB &J, whole wheat pretzels and grapes
  • Pasta salad, green beans and apple

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

15 Labor Day Cookout Dishes, Lightened-Up

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

broccoli saladWhatever you’re craving this weekend, there’s a healthy take that’s sure to be a hit with cookout-party and picnic crowds. From salads to burgers to desserts, here are 15 lightened-up recipes.

Side Dishes and Salads

American Macaroni Salad

Broccoli Salad (above)

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Garden Potato Salad

Corn and Pasta Salad

Asian Red Cabbage Slaw

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Make and Freeze Back-to-School Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

lemon blueberry pancakes
When you cook and freeze breakfast items ahead of time, you’ll always have something handy to serve before school, even on hectic mornings. Try making double or triple batches of any of these recipes.

Pancakes
Instead of buying mixes, make homemade pancakes and let them cool before storing in the freezer. Use these tips to lighten up your next batch.

Recipes to try:

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21 Smarter Summer Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 24, 2013

peaches and cream
What’s summer without fabulous desserts? All of these delicious treats have 400 calories or under per serving.

Fruit-Based
Stock up on mouthwatering summer fruits before the season is gone! They supply plenty of good-for-you antioxidants in addition to boatloads of flavor.

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