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Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle

Recipe Rescue: Apple Donuts

Apple donuts - the quintessential fall-time treat. But donuts, no matter what their flavor (even if they have fruit!), are typically high in fat, sugar, and calories. Fried and smothered in sugar or glaze sure makes them delicious, but you can get your donut fix without all the extras. No need to take a trip to the apple orchard or bakery - try this baked apple donut recipe that comes together as...

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Recipe Rescue: Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

Butternut squash soup sounds healthy enough. I mean, it's gotta be good for you... it's got vegetables! Right? Yes, you're getting lots of good stuff from the squash - vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and so on. But butternut squash soup typically includes high-fat ingredients like cream for silky texture and sausage to add a savory element. And don't forget about the bread you might use to...

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Healthy How-To: Tortilla Chips

Posted by Leia Flure - Snacks

Tortilla chips are a mainstay in Mexican restaurants and home kitchens alike! They're the perfect vehicle for all kinds of dips - salsa, guacamole, French onion, spinach artichoke, the list goes on and on. Problem is, tortilla chips are usually fried and salted, making them high in fat, sodium, and calories. Cut down on sodium, fat, and calories plus boost the fiber by making your own...

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Recipe Rescue: Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by Leia Flure - Main Dishes

When it comes to comfort food, macaroni and cheese is as classic as you can get. But forget the boxed versions -- if you're going to have the mac, do it right. Macaroni and cheese from scratch is far more satisfying, and you have better control over what goes in it. Unfortunately, some recipes go a little overboard, packing close to 800 calories per serving! Try my recipe that's creamy and chee...

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Find Reason to Change, Then Make it Your Mission

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by reporter Erica Quednau of WCIA-3's Current. Current, which airs after the Morning Show, focuses on a different theme each day and centers its stories around that topic. Obesity was the topic for that coming Thursday, and would I be willing to share my experience? If you didn't know my story, you'd probably think I've always been healthy and fi...

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Recipe Rescue: Chili

Cold temps triggering a craving for comfort food? There's nothing better than a steaming bowl of chili on a crisp fall day, but it can be a bit high in calories when higher-fat ground beef is used. Whip up a batch of our hearty turkey chili for a meal that'll stick to your ribs but not your waistline. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Autumn means pumpkin-flavored everything and cheesecake is no exception! Sure, the pumpkin adds a bit of nutrition, but traditional recipes typically include a combination of full-fat cream cheese, heavy cream and/or sour cream -- plus sugar, eggs, and a buttery graham cracker crust. Try our rescued Upside Down Pumpkin Cheesecake for a fall treat that creamy, fluffy, and nutritious! (Sc...

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