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Pantry Raid! 10 Healthy Ingredient Swaps

by in Robin's Healthy Take, February 17, 2014

canned goods

Which ingredients to choose — and which to lose? Here’s a quick guide to revamping the pantry and sizing up other common kitchen staples.

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Better-For-You Baked Ziti

by in Robin's Healthy Take, January 9, 2014

baked ziti
Baked ziti is a comfort food staple. But with loads of full-fat ricotta, mozzarella and sometimes even sour cream too, one serving can rack up the calories and saturated fat.

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Spaghetti Carbonara (Minus the Heavy Cream)

by in Robin's Healthy Take, December 29, 2013

 

spaghetti carbonara

A little like bacon and eggs with spaghetti instead of toast, this classic Italian dish is as simple as it is decadent. The traditional recipe is made with cured pork jowl (guanciale) or bacon. And although some recipes call for cream, true carbonara contains none.

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Season’s Eating! How to Navigate the Holiday Buffet

by in Robin's Healthy Take, December 15, 2013

shrimp cocktail For many of us, holiday overeating is a tradition, a ritual that leads to weight gain, not to mention enormous guilt. The good news is, there are plenty of wise food choices at most soirees, so you can enjoy the revelry, nosh on great food, and still feel great in the morning. Here are some strategies to help you navigate any party spread.

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Baked Artichoke Dip, Lightened Up

by in Robin's Healthy Take, December 8, 2013

artichoke dip
Traditional artichoke dip is delicious, but the calories and fat lurking in every bite may surprise you: 1/4 cup has 200 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. That’s without crackers or chips (and assuming anyone stops at 1/4 cup!). Most recipes are made with an overload of mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese. The good news is, there are quick and easy ways to lighten things up, including swapping in nonfat Greek yogurt. Put crudité on the side, and serve the dip at a holiday party or any time.

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A Healthier Spin on Candied Yams

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 28, 2013

candied yams

Ever wonder how many calories get racked up at the Thanksgiving table? On average, Americans consume 4,500 calories the day of the feast, and that’s not including breakfast, appetizers or a midnight turkey sandwich. But a little nutritional knowledge is power.

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10 Ways to Use Orange Juice (Not Just in the Morning)

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 16, 2013

orange juice

In most homes, OJ sees the light of day just once every 24 hours. That’s a shame, because 100% orange juice dishes out worthwhile vitamins and minerals (and also contains zero saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium or added sugar). Some  nutritional highlights: Orange juice is crammed with vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system, along with potassium, which plays an important role in muscle function and may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The juice also delivers folate, essential for healthy red blood cells, and vitamin B6, which helps the body process energy from food.

Here are 10 fun ways to wake up your juice routine, and not just at sunrise.

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Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 13, 2013

ravioli

One typical serving of cheese-filled ravioli (four squares) can dish out up to 850 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium. And that’s without sauce. But by making homemade ravioli with healthy fillings and wonton wrappers, you can eliminate loads of unnecessary calories and sodium, and bump up nutrients by adding antioxidant-rich spinach. Thanks to the wonton wrappers (just 23 calories each), they’re a snap to prepare. And since the ravioli are baked (not boiled in water), you get to enjoy a golden-brown, toasted ravioli with a creamy, cheesy middle.

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