- Ellie's Pumpkin Rice Pudding
I was never a rice pudding fan until a few years ago when my middle daughter starting requesting it daily. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with a few variations of this classic to help lighten up the creamy calories while still maintaining its delicious flavor.
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- Ellie Krieger's Double Chocolate Brownies
I’m a brownie kind of girl — my friends and family can vouch for me. Luckily, you can lighten up this uber-chocolatey favorite easily. What’s the secret? Read on to find out.
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- Try two or three mini-doughnuts instead of a full-sized one.
Every year I celebrate Hanukkah by enjoying the infamous holiday doughnut. Yes, I am a registered dietitian who’s telling you that it’s okay to eat a doughnut — can you believe it?! This doesn’t mean you have permission for a free-for-all indulgence, but if you really want a doughnut, go for it! Just use our tips to do it the smart way.
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We’re lightening up some of FoodNetwork.com’s top Thanksgiving recipes. First up: Paula’s Pumpkin Cheesecake. This rich dessert is sweet, seasonal and delicious, but it comes with a high fat and calorie toll. But with a few ingredient swaps, you can cut the fat and calories without compromising flavor. Here’s how we slim it down.
Paula Deen’s pumpkin cheesecake, slimmed down »
Who says ice cream can’t be part of a healthy diet? We sampled five popular vanilla ice cream brands to find out which one was the best-tasting, plus our take on each variety’s fine print.
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- Giada's Strawberry-Mascarpone Granita
We’re celebrating frozen confections all week long on Healthy Eats. First up: granita! Reminiscent of an Italian ice, granita has less sugar and a harder texture than sorbets. You can easily make your own and flavor it up with coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. The best part? No ice cream maker needed.
Learn how to make granita, plus 7 recipes to try »
In this week’s nutrition news: Check Twitter and Facebook before your next visit to the farmers’ market, food allergy testing to be standardized and meet the White House pastry chef.
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These delectable bars were number four on Food Network’s Top 50 Recipes of 2009. Here are a few simple tips to slim them down without using lower-fat ingredients (seriously!).
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No cookie tray would be complete without an oatmeal option. These crunchy cookies combine vitamin E-rich nuts and high-fiber oatmeal with a touch of ginger — all for only 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (2 grams of saturated fat). We like the Food Network Kitchens’ presentation idea; just wrap them in some festive ribbon and you’ve got a take-home treat for party guests.
(P.S.: Don’t forget to give friends with allergies a heads up on the pecans.)
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Besides chocolate, apple desserts top my list of favorite indulgences, but many (especially pastries) contain loads of fat and calories. Here are some apple goodies that are less than 250 calories per serving and are packed with fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Recipes to Try: