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Healthy Holiday Snacks: Eight Light Nibbles that Satisfy

By: Kristen Castillo

Research shows that the average weight gain during the holidays is one pound. While that doesn’t seem like much, once you gain weight, it can be tough to lose it.

The holidays are a tempting time with cocktails, sweetened drinks, appetizers, heavy meals and desserts. So how can you enjoy the season without overindulging? Make conscious, healthy meal choices; get regular exercise; and be sure to snack sensibly, too.
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25 Easy Little Ways to Cut Calories from Restaurant Meals

When it comes to weight loss, sometimes it’s the smallest changes that really add up to substantial and long-lasting results. Choosing healthier snacks, parking further away, walking on breaks, swapping healthier foods into your diet and even making small tweaks to your restaurant meals can all be easy, gradual changes that add up to a healthier lifestyle.

Next time you head out to eat at a restaurant, try incorporating some of these suggestions to cut calories for weight more...

5 Fun Lunches for Weight Loss


A delicious and healthy lunch at a restaurant is heaven, and in a perfect world, enjoyed as much as possible.  However, as much as we would like to treat ourselves to a restaurant every day of the week, for the old budget’s sake, we do occasionally need to take a healthy lunch from home.  These fun lunch ideas are great options for good nutrition and weight management on those days when a restaurant isn’t on the menu:

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8 Fall Foods for Weight Loss

By Sara Lucero
 
Not only do all of the following choices bring rich, full flavor and hearty texture to your meals – they are also loaded with waist-friendly fiber.  Research has linked fiber and fiber-rich foods like these to weight loss again and again over recent years.  If you do nothing else between now and spring, aim for 30 grams of more...

Maximize Fiber: Sweet Potato and Bean Chili Recipe

This recipe and post come to you from Shopwell and the fabulous dietitians over on the NourishRDs blog. It's the perfect dish to try for National Nutrition Month and one that is sure to become a favorite throughout the year. Fiber-rich beans and sweet potatoes are simmered with fiery spices like cumin and chili and sweet fire-roasted tomatoes for a hearty meal that is as more...

5 Ways to Avoid the Halloween Sugar

It’s easy to say “everything in moderation,” but if candy is your weakness, it may take more than just willpower and moderation to keep from eating that whole bag of peanut butter cups or powering your way through the sweets buffet at the carnival. It may take smart tactics like these to outsmart yourself and your cravings this Halloween and beyond into the holiday season:

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3 Reasons to Give Lasagna Another Chance


Also known as: Delicious

Likes: Big family tables

Dislikes: Being in the diet dog house

Hobbies: Bringing people together

Find him: Gracing tables large and small from restaurants to backyard patios

Lasagna wants you back.  He understands the pressures you’ve been under to give up the carbs, cut back on calories, and more...

5 Steps to Adopt a Mediterranean Diet

Most likely you’ve heard a little something about the Mediterranean Diet over the last few years.  You may have heard that eating Mediterranean style can be good for weight loss or that it can improve heart health. The most more...

3 Waist-Friendly Ingredients Hiding In Your Mexican Food

Have you heard that if you’re trying to lose weight, you should give up Mexican food? It’s a common recommendation: stop eating it in favor of weight loss. The common assumption is that ALL Mexican cuisine is loaded with fat and calories and can hinder weight loss efforts. We’re here to tell you… it’s false! The more...

5 Forgotten Foods


This ebb and flow of food in our lives is often just a matter of taste and preference, so what happens when healthy foods are forgotten or become the victims of slander in the media, thanks to the newest study or popular diet?  Just because they’ve fallen out of favor doesn’t mean they are any less nutritious.  In fact, they may be just what you’re looking for when it comes to weight loss, heart health, budget-friendly meals and more!
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3 Reasons Bison is Back


Also known as: Buffalo or American Buffalo

Likes: Roaming plains, kitchens and menus

Dislikes: The “gamey” stereotype

Hobbies: One-upping the Beef competition with added nutrition and lower fat and calories

Find him: Roasted, grilled, ground and more...

Cilantro in the Spotlight


Also known as: Coriander leaves

Likes: Dressing up dishes the world over

Dislikes: Being described as “soapy”

Hobbies: Enjoying the sun with Basil and Parsley in the herb garden

Find him: Chopped and atop soups and main dishes from Thailand to Mexico, pureed into salsa and cilantro pesto, simmered in lentils and curries

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3 Reasons to Share the Papaya


Also known as: Papaw, fruta bomba

Likes: Warm and tropical locales

Dislikes: Soggy roots and the cold – definitely unacceptable!

Hobbies: Pairing with savory friends to make taste buds dance

Find her: Adorning fruit salads, flavoring and tenderizing meats, adding a taste of the sunny tropics to smoothies

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10 Ways to Cut Calories at Chinese Restaurants

Chinese cuisine may be known for breaded, fried and saucy choices that can do in your diet, but like so many other cuisines, it’s earned a bad rap.  Traditional Chinese food is based on some of our favorite ingredients like vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.  Who knew Chinese food could fit into a healthy eating diet so easily?
 
Here are some dietitian tips that can help you cut calories on your next order at a Chinese restaurant:
 
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5 Ways to Make Weight Loss Part of the Back to School Routine


It can be a busy time of year, but with a more regular schedule than often found during the non-routine (for some) summer days, reaching your health goals may be even easier when you make that goal of weight loss part of the back to school routine.  Successful weight loss is all about making better choices every day, and here are 5 ways to do just that in between juggling kids, work, activities and more:

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