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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 1-April 7)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Hi guys! Spring is in the air, can you feel it? Bring on the farmers markets! I will be doing a book signing next Sunday April 7th, hosted by […]

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Honey Lemon Bars

Pucker Up! These sweet and tangy Honey Lemon Bars made with fresh lemon, lemon zest and honey and a whole wheat shortbread crust are a little lighter than traditional lemon bars, but are so tasty and hard to resist. I love a good sweet and tangy lemon treat. Some of my other favorite lemon treats […]

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Veggie Ham and Cheese Egg Bake

Make this easy breakfast Veggie Ham and Cheese Egg Bake for a large gathering or make it ahead for meal prep for the week. I love making breakfast casseroles when I am hosting brunch or bringing a breakfast dish to a potluck. Some other favorites are Sausage Cheese and Veggie Bake, Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole […]

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

These BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. Made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, cheese, red onion and cilantro on a high fiber whole wheat tortilla. BBQ Chicken Quesadillas I love quesadillas, they make a quick lunch or light dinner and the kids love them! Some favorites are Chicken Quesadillas, Picadillo Quesadillas […]

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Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf is a favorite in our house! This healthy meatloaf recipe made with lean ground turkey is easy and delicious. Turkey Meatloaf If you like meatloaf as much as I do, you might also enjoy this Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf or this Bacon Topped BBQ Turkey Meatloaf. Serve it with garlic mashed potatoes or […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (April 8-April 14)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Happy weekend everyone! Just a quick reminder, I will be doing a book signing tomorrow (Sunday) April 7th, hosted by Le Creuset at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, from 2 […]

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Tex Mex Migas

Migas is a popular Tex Mex egg dish made with chopped corn tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and onions. I serve it plated with tortillas on the side, but they can also be wrapped in a tortilla, taco style. Migas I first discovered the Tex Mex classic Migas in Austin, Texas and just couldn’t get enough […]

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Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry

This quick weeknight Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry is perfect for spring, made with lean chicken breast, asparagus, fresh lemon, garlic and ginger. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry Chicken stir fry nights happen often in my house! I add any vegetables I have on hand and try to use vegetables that are in […]

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Quickest Cast-Iron Thin Crust Pizza

I’m obsessed with this Super-Quick Cast-Iron Pizza technique made with tortillas. Cast-Iron Thin Crust Pizza We are are a pizza loving family, in the summer we love making Grilled Pizza from scratch, and we often make Breakfast Pizza, this quicker pizza uses a combined stove top and oven technique that comes out just like Domino’s […]

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Sesame Crusted Tuna Steak on Arugula

Sesame Crusted Tuna Steak on Arugula drizzled with a balsamic soy-ginger vinaigrette – yum! Sesame Crusted Tuna Seared or raw tuna is one of my favorite fish to eat whether I’m having sushi, ceviche, poke bowls or salads like this. Some other tuna recipes I love made with sushi grade tuna are Ahi Tuna Watermelon […]

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Yogurt Waffles

Whip up these protein-packed Yogurt Waffles for breakfast and freeze the rest for easy meal prep! These delicious blender waffles made with yogurt in the batter are so easy to make and come out perfect with wheat or gluten-free flour. Make a double-batch for meal prep freezer meals for homemade waffles in minutes. I’ve been […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 18-March 24)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. I’m in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend with my girlfriends, hope you all enjoy the weekend! If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible […]

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Green Bean Salad

One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck. Green Bean Salad This easy green bean salad is so good, and tastes even better the next day which […]

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Shrimp, Peas and Rice

I love this quick and easy Shrimp, Peas and Rice dish, which can be made with white or brown rice. Last week I shared this Shrimp, Broccoli and Orzo dish. For those of you observing Lent, I thought I would share another quick 30-minute meal using shrimp! You can see more Lenten friendly recipes here. […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 25-March 31)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. I am so exited for Spring and all the seasonal vegetables that will start being available to us! Every week, I will be adding more seasonal recipes to the […]

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Heather’s Buddha Bowl

This easy Buddha Bowl is made with roasted broccoli, butternut squash, and onions piled on top of whole grain rice and topped with sliced avocado, a sunny-side fried egg, and crunchy pecans. This all-in-one healthy and hearty bowl packed with veggies, whole grains and lean protein, is an easy weeknight dinner! Hi there, I’m Heather […]

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Swiss Chard Eggs Benedict

I love this lighter take on Eggs Benedict made with Canadian bacon, Swiss chard and poached eggs on a whole wheat English muffin. Perfect for breakfast or brunch! To lighten these, I skip the Hollandaise sauce which shaves off hundreds of calories, since the egg yolks are perfectly silky on their own! This is delicious, […]

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

These freezer breakfast burritos, stuffed with scrambled eggs, scallions, bell pepper, bacon and cheese, are a great way to start the day! Make them ahead and freeze them for meal prep so you can have them ready any day of the week. Freezer Breakfast Burritos They also make a fabulous easy dinner. Add a side […]

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Eggs and cholesterol back in the spotlight in new JAMA study

Not again, you may be thinking if you’ve come across the study by Zhong and colleagues, published in the March 15th issue of JAMA. [1] Their question: Are eggs or cholesterol from foods associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or deaths from any cause? The study was a pooled analysis of data … Continue reading "Eggs and cholesterol back in the spotlight in new JAMA study"

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 4-March 10)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. First week of March and we are finally getting some snow, crazy winter in New York! A few comfort food dishes like Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore and Quick Beef […]

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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken are filled with cheddar and broccoli, then rolled up, breaded and baked in the oven or air fryer! This easy recipe is perfect any day of the week. I make it with fresh broccoli, but leftover or frozen broccoli can also be used. I make stuffed chicken so many different […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (March 11-March 17)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. I am working on new breakfast recipes for next week, I have a waffle recipe I am excited to share soon! Let me know if you have any requests, […]

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Making Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker is so easy and perfect for busy weeknight meals. It’s also freezer friendly, so you can make a batch and freeze the leftovers for another night. Crockpot Split Pea Soup I love using smoked ham hocks in pea soup, it gives the soup a wonderful smoky flavor, […]

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Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo

This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it’s ready in under 30 minutes! Shrimp scampi is usually swimming in butter, this lightened version is just as delicious, using only a touch of butter and lots of fresh lemon. My kids love Pasta and Broccoli, […]

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White Bean Turkey Chili

A delicious, creamy White Bean Turkey Chili recipe is made with canned white beans, ground turkey, aromatics and spices – no tomatoes! White Bean Turkey Chili This easy chili can be made on the stove, slow cooker or Instant Pot. Leftovers taste even better the next day for lunch! More chili recipes you might enjoy […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (February 18-February 24)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, […]

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Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage

Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage is an easy, hearty soup made with kale, potatoes, carrots and turkey or chicken sausage. Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage This quick and easy soup is the perfect one-pot meal, and a tasty way to enjoy kale, which is high in vitamins K, A and C […]

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Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos

These easy Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos are made with flaky white fish, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro and lime topped with avocado. Tommy doesn’t care for fish, but he loves fish tacos! A few other seafood taco recipes I love, Blackened Fish Tacos, Shrimp Scampi Tacos and Green Scallop Tacos. I like it spicy, so I chop […]

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (February 25-March 3)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Freestyle™ SmartPoints®. Fish Florentine has been such a huge hit, I added it back on this weeks meal plan! If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, […]

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup is a favorite of mine, this slimmed down version is so good, and it’s quick and easy to prepare. Cream of Broccoli Soup I love making creamed soups, a few favorites are Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup, Cream of Asparagus Soup and Cream of Zucchini Soup. It’s perfect for lunch with some […]

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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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18 April 2019

Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.