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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Sauteed brussels sprouts are delicious when shredded and sautéed with pancetta (or bacon), garlic and oil. If you don’t think you like Brussels sprouts, I challenge you to try these! Lightly pan fried until crisp and slightly browned on the edges, this is my favorite way to cook and eat them! I love when people […]

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Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes are so much lighter than traditional mashed potatoes, and taste so good! How to make creamy mashed potatoes without adding too much fat? I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes, they have a buttery texture and golden color. When the potatoes are still warm, I drain them and add a […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 99)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 99). It’s finally getting cold here in New York, we basically skipped Fall! If you’re planning a Friendsgiving in the next week or two, I have lots of Thanksgiving recipes here. The Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy is perfect if you want to feed a smaller crowd and it’s very […]

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Easy No-Cook Salsa Recipe

Get the chips ready for this quick and easy No-Cook Restaurant-Style Salsa recipe! In less than five minutes, you will have a delicious, healthy appetizer or snack everyone will love. It’s bright, fresh and perfect for parties! When I make pico de gallo I always use fresh tomatoes, but when I want a restaurant style […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 97)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 97). Hoping it’s cooler next week because I’m craving comfort food as you can see! Pictured below is The Skinnytaste Meal Planner where I plan my dinners for the week (you can of course use any meal planner). Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for […]

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Instant Pot Garlicky Cuban Pork

This Cuban pulled pork is made with tender shredded pork, marinated in garlic, cumin, grapefruit and lime and cooked in the pressure cooker is perfect to serve over a bed of rice, cauliflower rice or with tortillas and salsa and avocados for taco night. I got my hands on Melissa Clark’s new book Dinner in […]

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Air Fryer French Fries

Crispy french fries made in the air-fryer, with just a small amount of oil! Making them in the oven shaves fat and calories off, without sacrificing taste. Since buying my air-fryer (affiliate link), I’ve been keeping it on my counter and playing around with it. Of course, I HAD to test out fries, and they […]

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French Bread Pizza Mummies

These EASY French bread pizzas are perfect for your next Halloween party, for kids or adults! Just 4 ingredients and about 15 minutes to make! As a kid I loved coming home from school and making myself a French bread pizza, probably one of the first things I taught myself to make. I still make […]

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Quick Beef Chili Recipe (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

I love this quick and easy beef chili made with black beans, tomatoes, homemade chili spices and beer. This chili pleases all the palates in my house – not too spicy (although you can kick it up if you wish), loaded with flavor, and ready in less than 30 minutes. I have partnered with Beef. […]

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Italian Style

These savory stuffed sweet potatoes are topped with Italian flavors such as marinara sauce and cheese. A quick and easy healthy vegetarian dish. Roasted sweet potatoes are so versatile and can be topped with so many toppings to make it a meal. If you don’t want the slow method of roasting sweet potatoes, you can […]

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin are the perfect Holiday side dish! The brussels sprouts are roasted until crisp, then topped with a light cheese sauce made with Gruyere and parmesan, and baked until brown and bubbling. If you are as obsessed with brussels sprouts as I am, you’ll love these. How do you cook Brussels Sprouts? There […]

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Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 98)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 98). I’m on California shooting my third cookbook! In the meantime, I created this meal plan to for when I get back. What’s on your meal plan this week and is there anything you would like to see more of for the month of November? Meal planning is a great way to […]

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Bolognese Sauce Recipe (Instant Pot)

This is the best Bolognese sauce recipe, a staple in my home. It’s so easy to make, I always make a big batch for dinner and freeze the rest to use throughout the month – a huge time saver!  Making it in the pressure cooker makes this Sunday sauce a dish you can whip up […]

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Meta-analyses in nutrition research: sources of insight or confusion?

Nutrition is a complex field regularly cursed with provocative media headlines that often preface an oversimplified summary. If you’re a savvy consumer of nutrition news, you may have become wise to look past the catchy headlines to assess the quality of the study being reported—sizing-up the latest finding in context of existing evidence on the … Continue reading "Meta-analyses in nutrition research: sources of insight or confusion?"

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Most “Box Tops” food products do not meet school nutrition standards

An analysis of products included in a popular school-based marketing program finds that less than one third of participating foods and beverages meet federal Smart Snacks in School standards. Food marketing targeted at children is a billion dollar industry, often promoting foods and beverages that are calorie-dense and low in nutrients. Schools are a significant … Continue reading "Most “Box Tops” food products do not meet school nutrition standards"

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PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading

Last week, The Lancet published results from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (“PURE”) study that made headlines: “Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Fats, Fruits, and Vegetables;” “PURE Shakes Up Nutritional Field;” “Huge New Study Casts Doubt on Conventional Wisdom About Fat and Carbs.” Following over 135,000 participants spanning five continents, the study is indeed a … Continue reading "PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading"

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5 Reasons Why Creatine Monohydrate Is the Best

Creatine has been studied extensively as a dietary supplement for many years. In fact, more than 1,000 studies have been conducted, which have shown that creatine is a top supplement for exercise performance (1). Almost all of them used the same form of the supplement — creatine monohydrate. What’s more, most scientists who study supplements […]

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12 Mistakes to Avoid on a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet

A balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can provide many health benefits. These diets have been associated with weight loss, better blood sugar control, a decreased risk of heart disease and a lower risk of certain types of cancer (1, 2, 3, 4). However, it can be challenging to maintain a well-rounded vegetarian diet that provides […]

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The 8 Healthiest Berries You Can Eat

Berries are small, soft, round fruit of various colors — mainly blue, red or purple. They are sweet or sour in taste and often used in preservatives, jams and desserts. Berries tend to have a good nutritional profile. They are typically high in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidant polyphenols. As a result, incorporating berries into […]

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The MIND Diet: A Detailed Guide for Beginners

The MIND diet is designed to prevent dementia and loss of brain function as you age. It combines the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet to create a dietary pattern that focuses specifically on brain health. This article is a detailed guide for beginners, with everything you need to know about the MIND diet and […]

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10 Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by consuming foods or drinks that contain harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. It’s extremely common, affecting an estimated 9.4 million Americans each year (1, 2). While many foods contain potentially harmful organisms, they are usually destroyed during cooking. However, if you don’t practice good hygiene and proper food storage […]

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Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy

Who hasn’t left work late with a growling stomach but little energy to shop and cook? A busy schedule is one of the top reasons why people choose quick takeout meals, which are often calorie-laden and a contributor to expanding waistlines. [1-3] Now, imagine a different scenario where within a few minutes of walking through the door you … Continue reading "Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy"

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Can Boosting Your Testosterone Help You Lose Fat?

Some men believe that testosterone may assist in fat loss. This hormone is responsible for some of the typical male characteristics. It also promotes muscle growth in both genders. Most men are full of testosterone. However, a few suffer from a deficiency, a problem that seems to predispose them to excessive fat gain. This article […]

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9 Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 6–18% of people worldwide. This condition involves changes in frequency or form of bowel movements and lower abdominal pain (1). Diet, stress, poor sleep and changes in gut bacteria may all trigger symptoms. However, triggers are different for each person, making it difficult to name specific foods or stressors […]

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How Chai Tea Can Improve Your Health

In many parts of the world, “chai” is simply the word for tea. However, in the Western world, the word chai has become synonymous with a type of fragrant, spicy Indian tea more accurately referred to as masala chai. What’s more, this beverage may have benefits for heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels and […]

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11 Foods That Are Good for Your Liver

The liver is a powerhouse of an organ. It performs a variety of essential tasks, ranging from producing proteins, cholesterol and bile to storing vitamins, minerals and even carbohydrates. It also breaks down toxins like alcohol, medications and natural byproducts of metabolism. Keeping your liver in good shape is important for maintaining health. This article […]

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10 Benefits of Green Tea Extract

Green tea is one of the most commonly consumed teas in the world. Green tea extract is its concentrated form, with just one capsule containing the same amount of active ingredients as an average cup of green tea. Like green tea, green tea extract is a great source of antioxidants. These have been credited with a […]

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The GAPS Diet: An Evidence-Based Review

The GAPS diet is a strict elimination diet that requires its followers to cut out grains, pasteurized dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbs. It’s promoted as a natural treatment for people with conditions that affect the brain, such as autism. However, it’s a controversial therapy and has been widely criticized by doctors, scientists and nutrition […]

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13 Greek Foods That Are Super Healthy

In the 1960s, Greeks were living longer and had lower rates of chronic disease than the rest of the world. This is likely due to their diet, which was full of seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and healthy fats. The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional Greek diet and other similar food patterns of […]

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Why Bifidobacteria Are So Good for You

There are trillions of bacteria on and in your body, and they’re extremely important for your health. One of the most important types is called Bifidobacteria. These beneficial bacteria digest dietary fiber, help prevent infection and produce vitamins and other important chemicals. Low counts of Bifidobacteria have been linked to many diseases, and Bifidobacteria supplements […]

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A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve overall health.

A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods. A healthy diet supports energy needs and provides for human nutrition without exposure to toxicity or excessive weight gain from consuming excessive amounts. Where lack of calories is not an issue, a properly balanced diet (in addition to exercise) is also thought to be important for lowering health risks, such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer.