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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 30-May 6)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. Good news for those of you asking, The Skinnytaste Meal Planner is back in stock. There was a misprint on the previous so we had to go back to the […]

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Zucchini Pork Dumplings

These low-carb pork dumplings, made with zucchini in place of dough are so dang good, you won’t miss the carbs! They are also keto, paleo, gluten-free and whole30 friendly! You can make them as an appetizer or have them for dinner with some brown rice or spicy garlic edamame on the side. I love using […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (May 7-May 13)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. Spring is finally in the air! I’m loving the warmer weather finally! This week I included recipes for Mother’s Day brunch, but if you want more ideas, I have more […]

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Chicken Tzatziki Bowls

Smoky yogurt-marinated grilled chicken served over quinoa and Mediterranean-inspired tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives with tzatziki and Feta. We crave Greek and Mediterranean food, and eat it at least once a week! Some recipes in my rotation are this Chicken Kebab Salad, Grilled Chicken Shawarma, Greek Turkey Meatballs, just to name a few! This chicken recipe […]

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Skinnytaste One and Done Cookbook: Cover Reveal

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally show you the cover for my third cookbook, Skinnytaste One and Done: 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More. I know so many of you love my one pot dinners (hello easy clean-up!) so […]

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Cheesecake Brownies

These homemade, cheesecake brownies are SO good and they are gluten-free and flourless by using  almond meal in place of wheat flour, then swirled with a cheesecake topping! I love brownies, and am always testing new ways to make a moist and delicious brownie that won’t cost me a ton of calories. If you’ve tried […]

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Peruvian Green Sauce

Peruvian green sauce also known as Aji Verde is a spicy bright green condiment typically found in any Peruvian restaurant. Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde) It’s typically served alongside roasted chicken, grilled meats, rice and beans but I also love it over my eggs, salad, or anything that needs flavor! I’m obsessed with this sauce, […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (May 14-20)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. Hi friends! I am away in Utah this weekend so I don’t have the art up yet! A few things, thank you for all of you who pre-ordered my new […]

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What’s New in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, 2017

In 2001, the first edition of Dr. Walter Willett’s Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating made its debut in bookstores, nestled among dozens of weight loss “how-to’s.” Not to be outshined by other flashy titles, it stood out as a non-diet, straightforward guide on what to eat (and … Continue reading "What’s New in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, 2017"

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Precision Nutrition and Type 2 Diabetes Management: Is It Ready for Prime Time?

When it comes to the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, a combination of regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, and following evidenced-based dietary recommendations remains sound guidance for the general population. However, in combination with recent technological advances, the emerging field of precision nutrition offers a novel approach to tailor prevention and treatment … Continue reading "Precision Nutrition and Type 2 Diabetes Management: Is It Ready for Prime Time?"

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Mediterranean and DASH Tie for Top Spot in Recent Ranking

Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases a ranking of popular diets—assessed by a panel of health experts based on seven categories, including weight loss, nutrition, safety, and ease of compliance. Topping 2018’s list of “best diets overall” is a tie between the Mediterranean and DASH Diets, which received high marks for being healthy … Continue reading "Mediterranean and DASH Tie for Top Spot in Recent Ranking"

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 16-April 22)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. It finally feels like spring around here! I’ve added some grilled recipes to the meal plan this week, if you don’t have a grill a grill pan or broiler will […]

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Avocado Fries with Lime Dipping Sauce

Crispy baked avocado fries coated with panko breadcrumbs with a lime dipping sauce. So fast and easy to make in the oven or air fryer! Avocado Fries with Lime Dipping Sauce A healthy appetizer or snack, you can easily make half or quarter the recipe if you are eating alone (perfect way to use up […]

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Weight Loss Success Stories: Johanna Halosz

“77 lbs later, now a size 6/S, with 118/78 blood pressure and vastly improved Cholesterol numbers. Weight loss is 100/100, intake and exercise. I started walking on week 2, one single 18 minute mile at a time. Now a part time Pilates Instructor, I hike, kayak, SUP paddle, and rock climb to cross train and […]

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Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Kefta Meatballs made with tomatoes and olives are simmered together in the slow cooker or Instant Pot in this easy and exotic Moroccan dinner. Whole30, gluten-free and Paleo. Moroccan Meatballs Traditionally called Kefta, this Moroccan meatball meal is usually cooked in a tagine (an earthenware pot with a cone-shaped cover) but you’ll find the […]

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Chopped Salad with Shrimp, Blue Cheese and Bacon

This hearty Chopped Salad with Shrimp, Avocado, Blue Cheese and Bacon is simple and satisfying. Great for lunch or dinner! Chopped Salad with Shrimp and Avocado So easy to make, made with butter lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and corn and finished with a drizzle of olive oil. Spring for me always means less comfort food, and […]

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Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie Bowls

Strawberry Peanut Butter Swirl Smoothie Bowls – absolutely delicious, this is my new go-to 5-minute smoothie bowl with just a few ingredients! A satisfying, nutrient-rich, plant-based breakfast, snack or even dessert! Strawberry PB Smoothie Bowls The smoothie bowl craze has been going strong for the past few years, and what’s not to love, rather than […]

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Southwest Chicken Skillet

Southwest Chicken Skillet with Corn and Zucchini is the perfect veggie-loaded dinner made all in one pot! Southwest Chicken Skillet This veggie-loaded chicken dish is perfect for weeknight cooking! The chicken and vegetables are so flavorful, seasoned with Mexican spices and a squeeze of lime juice at the end which brightens it all up. And […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 23-April 29)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. Happy Saturday, hope everyone is doing great! I just ran my first 5K today and I am over the moon, since I am not a runner. I am also shooting […]

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Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins are so moist and high in protein thanks to Greek Yogurt! Perfect to make ahead for breakfast! Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins My ricotta cheese chocolate chip muffins have been so popular, they inspired me to try a Greek yogurt version. These Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins were such a hit with […]

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Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with Cauliflower Rice

Baked Honey-Teriyaki Salmon and Asparagus with Cauliflower Rice, this 15-minute dinner is not just tasty, it’s also good for you! Salmon is my go-to fish, are fantastic sources of DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for brain development. I rotate through all my salmon recipes, some of my favorites are Maple Soy Glazed […]

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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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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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Easy Crust-less Spinach and Feta Pie

A simple Greek inspired Easy Crust-less Spinach and Feta Pie combining savory flavors such as spinach, feta, Asiago cheese, dill and scallions. Perfect to take to a potluck! Easy Crust-less Spinach and Feta Pie Served with a salad, you can turn this into a main dish, or cut it into smaller wedges to serve as […]

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Super Moist Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This super moist carrot cake recipe made from scratch is perfect for Easter or anytime of the year. Made with a can of crushed pineapple which makes it very moist, without adding a ton of fat. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting I was recently asked if carrots are really in carrot cake? The answer […]

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Chicken Quiche

This easy lighter chicken quiche is made with refrigerated pie crust and loaded with spinach and mushrooms but you can use any combination of vegetables. A great recipe to clean out the refrigerator! Chicken Quiche Earlier this week I shared a spinach crustless quiche recipe which I love! But if you want something a little […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 2-April 8)

A free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Points. Hope you all have a wonderful Spring break! Sharing another week of meals, please let me know how I can improve these meal plans for you in the future. If […]

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Carrot Ginger Soup

This healthy Carrot Ginger Soup is made with fresh carrots, a hint of fresh ginger and a touch of sour cream blended together until creamy, perfect for lunch or dinner. You can make it vegan or dairy-free by swapping the cream for coconut milk. Carrot Ginger Soup When I was a kid we had soup […]

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General Tso’s Chicken

This lighter General Tso’s Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out! General Tso’s Chicken General Tso’s chicken is a sweet, deep-fried chicken dish that is served in North American Chinese restaurants. This healthier lightened up version is […]

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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.

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