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Recipe Rescue: Chocolately Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Fudgy or cakey, who doesn't love a good brownie? But they can pack hundreds of calories in just one small square. Here's a healthier version with 50% less fat and only 150 calories, with the added deliciousness of a cream cheese swirl. Yum! Original Recipe Ingredients (m...

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Store Shelves Loaded with Milk Alternatives

June is National Dairy Month , a time to celebrate all the nutritious benefits of milk, cheese and yogurt. But what if you don't do dairy? Whether it's for food preferences, religious purposes or health reasons, there are lots of reasons why people may not partake. Food companies have responded by developing scores of products to meet those needs, and I get lots of question...

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Recipe Rescue: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Today we're making over an all-American summer side dish – pasta salad! Mayo-based dishes like potato salad or macaroni salad can be filled with fat and calories. I think summer food should be light and tasty, so I took on the challenge of making over this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe....

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Get Cozy and Healthy with a Warm Bowl of Oatmeal

For the past 7 years or so, I would say that 95% of the time I have had oatmeal for breakfast. Why? What's so great about oatmeal? Well, there are lots of reasons to love the stick-to-your-ribs hot cereal. To start, it's a whole grain, which means it contains the whole grain seed and its nutritional value is left intact. A half-cup serving of plain raw oats (which makes about 1 cup cook...

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Fight Chronic Disease with... Pasta?

Did you know that eating pasta can help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cognitive problems, and even skin damage? If it's topped with plenty of classic marinara sauce, it can. Tomatoes, the primary ingredient in marinara, can prevent blood clotting and have anti-inflammatory properties to prevent a whole host of chronic conditions. They also contain high levels of...

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Tempted by the Apple? It's Worth the Health Benefits!

When fall arrives, there's nothing more satisfying to me than biting into a fresh, juicy apple that's as crisp as the autumn air. Sure, we can get apples any time, but they're never as plentiful, affordable, and downright delicious as during the last quarter of the year. Of course, that doesn't stop us from enjoying all things apple year-round. There are plenty of varieties to choose fr...

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Try Yogurt for Immune Health and Digestive Benefits

We've all been down that wide expanse of colorful containers, otherwise known as the yogurt section at the grocery store. And why not? Yogurt is a great choice to help you meet your protein, calcium, and vitamin D requirements. Even better, yogurts also contain probiotics, friendly bacteria to keep our digestive systems running smoothly. Studies show that eating yogurt regularly may even keep y...

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Getting Back to Basics with Potatoes

You may say poTAYto and he may say poTAHto, but I say that the humble potato is both delicious and nutritious. Among the top 20 most consumed fruits and vegetables, potatoes have the highest amount of potassium, a mineral that can help lower your blood pressure. And here's a surprise – did you know that a medium potato with skin has nearly 45% of the daily value (DV) of vitamin C? Potatoe...

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Pumpkin: a Versatile and Healthy Food for Fall

You may have noticed that telltale chill in the air at night, reminding us that Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. You may also have seen that pumpkin, the unofficial mascot of autumn, is now starting to arrive at the grocery store. Of course, the squash is available year-round in the canned goods aisle, but there's something about the season that gets many people craving a...

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