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Moderation Maven

Dishing Up the Best Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle
Breakfast and Brunch

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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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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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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Healthy How-To: Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Okay, so donuts are delicious. Fried dough with a sweet frosting or glaze? Yes please. Of course, we all know that donuts aren't health food. But let's be honest - it's unrealistic to expect that you're NEVER going to eat donuts. Plus, it's definitely possible to occasionally have one in the context of a healthy eating pattern. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a prin...

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Recipe Rescue: Breakfast Casserole

Sausage, eggs, and cheese as part of a balanced diet? You better believe it! Try my breakfast casserole recipe with a heart-healthy twist. Just 240 calories per serving with 13 g of protein, 2 g fiber, and 70% of your daily vitamin C! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe)...

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Healthy How-To: Lox

Growing up in a Jewish home, it wasn't Sunday without bagels, lox, and cream cheese. I really don't know why the sandwich is a consistent part of American Jewish culture, but I can say with absolute certainty that it makes a really yummy breakfast (and also brunch or dinner). A bagel with cream cheese is great by itself, but lox makes it fantastic . So fantastic th...

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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: Hash Brown Casserole

Hash brown casserole is comfort food at its best, but not so comforting for your waistline. Try this healthier version that's cuts out fat and calories but keeps all the flavor! A perfect dish for your next brunch or potluck. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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Recipe Rescue: Pancakes

Pancakes are usually just a vehicle for butter and syrup, which can end up slowing you down mid- morning. Try these protein-packed pancakes instead, with lots of room for creativity. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Typical Recipe Ingredients: All-purpose flour Baking so...

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Recipe Rescue: Blueberry Muffins

A muffin makes a quick and easy breakfast when you're in a rush, but oversized baked goods can set you on the path for poor eating the rest of the day. Make your own muffins at home to save calories AND cash. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!) Original Recipe Ingredients...

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Recipe Rescue: Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Here's a recipe you can serve to mom this Mother's Day without the guilt! A friend shared a Stuffed French Toast Casserole recipe with me a few years ago. The original had a pound of regular cream cheese, a quart of half and half, and eight eggs. Amazingly indulgent, but more like a dessert than breakfast. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)...

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