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The Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods

December 31, 2013 | By Nick English,

Despite its popular association with trips to the restroom, fiber is no joke. The benefits of an efficient bowel aside, a high-fiber diet can also reduce the risk of stroke, hypertension, and heart disease. Unfortunately, fiber consumption is currently at an all-time low, with less than three percent of Americans meeting the recommended intake.

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Recipe of the Day: Leek and Broccoli Tartlets with Pancetta

December 26, 2013 | By Min-Ja Lee

Need a festive appetizer to your next party? For a healthier take (no more deep-fried hors d’oeuvres!), try this recipe for Leek and Broccoli Tartlets with Pancetta.

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Recipe of the Day: Mini Raspberry Tarts

December 23, 2013 | By Min-Ja Lee

Your love affair with cheesecake doesn’t have to derail your diet. This recipe for Mini Raspberry Tarts helps satisfy your craving for that sweet, full-fat flavor without all the extra calories.

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40 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in a Microwave

December 11, 2013 | By Nick English,

The microwave has been relegated to serve as a simple heater of leftovers, but it’s good for so much more. No, we don’t mean they’re also a cancer-causing death trap — there’s little convincing evidence that microwave ovens release enough radiation to harm human beings. In fact, microwave ovens have been taking undeserved criticism for way too long: they’re called ovens for a reason, and they can create meals equal to anything from a standard oven.

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Recipe of the Day: Gingery Butternut Squash and Tofu Curry

December 4, 2013 | By Ashley Macha

This 30-minute veggie-friendly meal makes a quick-and-easy weekday dinner: Gingery Butternut Squash and Tofu Curry. Curry adds spice to the dish, and may even help curb inflammation. It’s a great flavor for stir-fry, for instance, because it doesn’t have as much sodium as other ingredients, like soy sauce.

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Recipe of the Day: Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

December 3, 2013 | By Min-Ja Lee

When it comes to beating the winter chill, there’s only one thing better than a hot, comforting bowl of soup: A bowl of soup that’s packed with superfoods.

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5 Cooking Mistakes That Pack on the Pounds

September 20, 2013 | By Hannah Campbell

It’s no secret that restaurant dishes are loaded with hidden ingredients and calories. That’s why home-cooked meals are a good idea for anyone watching their weight. Conquering the kitchen is a great first step, but if you haven’t eaten out in months and the scale still won’t budge, it might be time to take a closer look at your cooking habits. Below, a few mistakes that could be derailing your weight-loss plans.

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6 Simple Swaps for Effortless Weight Loss

September 12, 2013 | By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Cutting calories may seem like the simplest way to shed pounds, but sustainable weight control is far more complicated than simple subtractions. According to recent reports, only 19% of those who are trying to lose weight even keep track of calories, and just 9% say it would be the easiest thing for them to do on a regular basis.

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5 Tips to Slim Down Your Labor Day Burger

August 28, 2013 | By Tina Haupert

Are you going to a barbecue this Labor Day weekend? We all know these kinds of get-togethers sometimes make it difficult to eat healthy, especially when it comes to what’s cooking on the grill.

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Put Down the Spatula! Cooking at Home May Not Be Healthier

July 26, 2013 | By Emily Shoemaker,

We’ve heard it again and again: Cooking at home is the healthier choice. Right? Actually, it may be pretty wrong. Recent research out of the UK suggests that sometimes, that may not be the case. So depending on what cookbook you’re using, it may be time to shelve it for a little while. Here’s why.

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