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Moderation Maven

Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle

Recipe Rescue: Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Meat and cheese piled high on an oversized hoagie roll... delicious, but over the top on fat and calories. Here's how to make a cheesesteak at home and enjoy, the Moderation Maven way: Use top round steak (a relatively lean cut) Add flavor without calories: Caramelize the onions and season the meat with herbs and spices Use one skillet t...

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Recipe Rescue: Bacon and Cheese Quiche

With eggs as the best known ingredient, quiche sounds like it would be healthy. But add a pie crust, heavy cream, bacon, and cheese, and you've got a lot more fat and calories than you bargained for. Here's I did to make this recipe healthier: Swap out the bland pie crust for one made from hash browns - this cuts fat and calories while adding fi...

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An Ode to Watermelon

Okay, fun fact. I've polished off almost a whole watermelon by myself. Probably not the definition of moderation, but cut me some slack; this was over the span of about 6 hours, while canoeing at Kickapoo State Park. I earned it! Watermelon has always been one of my favorite summertime treats. I mean, not that many foods can work as a snack, dessert, and hydration source. Seriously, watermelon...

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Recipe Rescue: Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

Blueberry and lemon are a natural duo, with the bright, tart citrus complementing fruity sweetness. It's no surprise, then, that the two are often combined in cakes, adding another dimension of buttery goodness. But don't be fooled by the healthy-sounding name! Pound cakes pack in the fat and calories, even when fruit is involved. So here are some options to enjoy this tasty treat...

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Food Trends are Driven by Consumer Hopes, Fears

Within the past few months, the airwaves have been filled with news that big companies are moving away from scary-sounding food chemicals and additives. Kraft is removing its trademark yellowish orange dye from boxed mac and cheese. Panera announced that by 2016, artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors will no longer be on the menu. Chipotle decided that "when it comes to [thei...

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Recipe Rescue: Cinnamon Rolls

It's tough to resist the siren sound of freshly baked cinnamon rolls crowned with gooey vanilla glaze. But knowing that they can pack nearly 900 calories and 40 grams of fat, all before breakfast? It can be worth it to walk away. That is, walk to your kitchen, where you can make your own! Cinnamon rolls made from scratch offer more satisfaction and better nutrition, while filling your home with th...

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Pico de Gallo and Guacamole

My go-to recipes for these versatile condiments! Guacamole (Printable PDF Version) Makes about 3 ½ cups Ingredients...

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