10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

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You seem to be doing everything right. You exercise, you diet but you are not losing any weight. This can be frustrating. Here are 10 reasons why you are not losing weight. Once you are aware of them, it will be easy to get you to your ideal weight!


YOU OVERCOMPENSATE

It’s a simple cycle: you eat healthy; you workout and then you reward yourself with a treat.

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The truth is, you never know how many calories you have worked off with your exercise routine. You might even be undoing it all and putting on more weight.

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It’s important that you reward yourself in other ways, or in a controlled manner.


YOU DON’T SLEEP ENOUGH

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Adding an exercise routine to your busy day is hard. It is common to make that time by sleeping less. Add to that, the extra time to prepare healthy meals and you might be looking at a significant lack of sleep.

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Your body needs time to recuperate from the workout. It needs rest. When you are sleep deprived, your body’s performance is affected. It slows down your metabolism. Your body looks for ways to compensate for the lack of rest, so it craves more food. It needs to fuel itself.

Make sure you get a good night’s sleep.


YOU’RE DRINKING TOO MANY SUGARY DRINKS

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We all like to feel like an athlete when working out. You go out for a run, exercise and drink a fruit juice, smoothie, soft drink or even a Gatorade. You think you are replenishing all the minerals you lost through sweat. That is not what you are doing.

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You are ingesting a lot of sugar and other substances that your body doesn’t need. Athletes need extra minerals because they work out so hard. You are trying to lose weight, to keep fit. All you need is some water with a few drops of lemon (natural!).


YOU’RE EATING LARGE PORTIONS

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You are taking the time to prepare healthy, colorful and fresh meals. But you are still not losing weight.

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Here’s the trick: control your portion sizes. There is no point in putting so much effort in preparing tasty dishes, don’t waste it all. Moderate your portions so you control the amount of calories.


YOU’RE EATING TOO LITTLE

Yes, it seems like a contradiction. Our bodies are very complicated. Here is how it works.

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If you eat too little, your body thinks there is no food around. In order to protect itself, it starts to accumulate all the fat it can. The little fat and all the calories it can get, it will store them.

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Make sure you eat enough.


YOU’RE NOT CONSISTENT

Your body has many defense mechanisms. It always looks for ways to protect itself.

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Everything you eat, or don’t. The exercise you do. All of it sends messages to your body. That is why you need to be consistent. If you eat too little and then too much, you are saying to your body: “Times are tough, there isn’t much food around. Let’s accumulate fat. Here is a lot of food: our opportunity to gather calories in these hard times.”


YOU DON’T VARY YOUR WORKOUTS

Doing the same workout day in, day out is not also boring, but you also lose less weight.

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As you get better and better in the areas you exercise, you get better at them. It gets to a point where you either need to do A LOT of reps, or you need to change the workout.

Target different areas. Vary the sets of exercises so you don’t do the same routine throughout the week. Keep your body guessing.


YOU DON’T NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

We seem to be obsessed with losing weight nowadays. Yes, there is a problem with obesity in this country. But, what is your ideal weight?

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It is important for you to have a goal in mind. Check with your doctor to see what your goal should be and help you keep track of your progress.


YOUR WEIGHT ISN’T A TRUE REFLECTION OF BODY FAT

Remember that a number might not be what you are looking for. Muscle weighs more than fat. If you are looking to tone your body and shed a few pounds, you might end up gaining a few and still look better than ever.

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Track your measurements and your water retention levels. Make sure you check these no more than once every two weeks. Constantly measuring yourself will only make progress seem slower.


YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION

There are many reasons why you put on weight and cannot get it off.

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If you have followed a diet and exercised for a while – be honest with yourself! – and have not lost weight, it might be worth checking with a doctor. There are many conditions, hormonal imbalances for example, that could be causing your weight problem.

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10 Foods Available in the US that are Banned Elsewhere

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Countries don’t follow the same criteria when deciding what is healthy and what is not. Here are some ingredients you are usually putting in your body without even knowing. Here are 10 examples.


PINK SLIME

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Pink slime is made by: sucking meat and cartilage off of bones with a machine. It is then soaked in ammonia and frozen. Supermarkets and grocery stores add it to your meat, often minced beef to make cheap hamburgers.

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You can also find it in hot dogs. It is banned in the European Union because it can carry pathogens from the bones.


GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

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Genetically modified food (GMO) is becoming more and more common: papaya, corn, soy and even canola.

In Europe, GMOs have to be labeled and certain ones are banned, like the papaya.

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Animals fed with GMOs suffer more from intestinal and organ damage, tumors, birth defects and premature births.


CARRAGEENAN

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Carrageenan is extracted from a specific type of seaweed. It is introduced in processed dairy goods as an emulsifier and thickener.

It can be found in baby formulas and other dairy goods.

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It is banned in the European Union because it causes gastrointestinal problems.


ATRAZINE

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Atrazine is a herbicide, commonly used in the U.S..

The European Union has banned it because it leaks into the ground, contaminating drinking water and crops transfer it to us.

It has been linked to reproductive problems.


HORMONES IN BEEF AND MILK

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Growth hormones are given to cows to increase their milk and meat production.

The National Cancer Association links it to the rise of cancers caused by hormonal imbalances.

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Many countries have banned them, including the European Union, Japan, Australia and China.


CHICKEN WASHED IN CHLORINE

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Chickens are kept in warehouses where the lights are never turned off, so they don’t stop eating. They are crammed in there and to top it all off, these conditions make them pick up a lot of harmful pathogens.

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To kill off any of these germs, the meat is washed in chlorine.

It is banned in the European Union, but not in the U.S.


BLEACHED FLOUR

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Flour naturally whitens over time. Time is money, they say. So the food industry in the U.S. doesn’t wait.

Instead, they use azodicarbonamide to bleach the flour. Where else do they use this? Sneaker soles.

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Azodicarbonamide can cause asthma and is banned in Singapore.


IRRADIATED FOOD

The European Union allows irradiation in herbs and spices, but banned it for meat, fruit and vegetables.

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In the U.S. however, it is used as a replacement for good hygiene.

Dangerous chemical changes are initiated by irradiation and need further study.


DPA

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DPA, or diphenylamine, is found in apples, apple juice, applesauce, pears and baby food.

The European Food Safety Authority considers it a poison.

What is it used for? Apples look so shiny and tasty. That’s not the apple, it’s DPA.

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It has been used in the U.S. since 1962.

DPA has been linked to higher risk of cancer.


WATER FLUORIDATION

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If you want to buy fluoride, you need a prescription. And yet, you may be getting it everyday in your water supply.

In Europe, most countries do not use fluoridate in their water supply.

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Ingesting fluoridate in significant amounts over a long period of time has been linked to bone cancer, hyperactivity, decreased thyroid function and kidney issues.

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10 Unique Healthy Food Alternatives

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There are many simple ways to take care of yourself and your family. A few changes in your recipes and they’ll be much healthier and happier.

SUGAR


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Added white sugar is never healthy. Substituting it with brown sugar is a better alternative, but there are other options too.

You can simply replace it with honey, which adds sweetness naturally. If you are looking to add taste, use cinnamon.

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And if you really want to try something different, switch it up with applesauce.

FLOUR


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Flour has many alternatives. It all depends on what you are making.

Replacing white flour with whole-wheat flour is always a good idea. But you can also find other, more nutritious alternatives.

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Pureed lentils or black beans can add great texture and lots of nutrients to your recipes. Other options include crushed seeds.

MASHED POTATOES


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The best recipe we could find for making mashed potatoes healthier is very simple.

 Replace half of the potatoes with steamed cauliflower. That way, you get all the flavor and texture, but less calories.

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You can also try making it solely with steamed cauliflower, but we doubt your kids won’t notice.

CREAM


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Cream is a delicious and filled with a rich texture. It also contains a lot of fat.

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Luckily, nowadays, there are man simple replacements for it. Our favorite option is coconut milk. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, which help you maintain your weight and don’t raise your cholesterol levels.

EGGS


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Unless you are making a fried egg, an omelet or boiled egg, it can be replaced.

The main reason to use eggs in most recipes is to bind ingredients together. There are a couple of great substitutes: chia seeds and flax seeds.

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Mix one or both types of seeds with water. Let them hydrate for a couple of hours. Strain it and mix with fresh water in the processor. Strain again and throw away the seeds.

This flax and chia seed juice or milk will bind your bread, brownies, and anything else you need without any fat or cholesterol.

FROSTING


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We are so used to adding frosting to our cakes and cupcakes, we don‘t even consider anything else. There are a few alternatives.

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The easiest of all is to stir whipped cream cheese at room temperature and turn it into marshmallow cream (fluff).

PASTA


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Pasta is a source of carbohydrates that turn into sugars. They have little nutrients.

Luckily, there are many options to switch it up. You can use Japanese shirataki noodles or rice noodles.

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If you are making lasagna, you can use zucchinis or eggplants to create the layers.

TORTILLAS


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Tortilla wraps are so delightful they are now everywhere.

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They are, however, made with flour and lack nutrients. If you don’t want to feel so full, try lettuce leaf or even spinach to have a fresh wrap.

OATMEAL


Oatmeal is a common part of our breakfast. If you are ready for a change or simply looking for a more nutritious ingredient, try quinoa.

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Quinoa is a ‘superfood’. It is filled with all the good stuff your body needs. So much so that the United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.

MAYO OR MIRACLE WHIP


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Mayo and miracle whips taste great but have a lot of fat and cholesterol.

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 An easy and healthy substitute is mashed avocado. You can prepare it as a dip with garlic, tomatoes and a pinch of salt. It is called Guacamole. Anyway you have it, it’s delicious!

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10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

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There are many banned foods around the world that we ingest everyday here in the U.S. Find out what they are here.

FARM-RAISED SALMON


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Banned in Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

They contain far more fat than wild salmon and half of the omega-3 fats.

They are fed with synthetic astaxanthin to have the pink-red color wild salmon naturally has.

Farm-raised salmon has less protein and more harmful compounds than wild salmon do. These compounds can stay in your body and be passed to your children, even through breast milk.

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PAPAYA


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Banned in the European Union.

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Hawaiian papaya is mostly genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus. This virus devastated U.S. crops in the 1990s.

This genetic modification has been linked with intestinal damage, tumors, birth defects and sterility in animals.

RACTOPAMINE-TAINTED MEAT


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Banned in Russia, Mainland China and Taiwan.

Ractopamine reduces the amount of fat in meat, but at great costs. It is estimated that up to 20% of it remains in the meat and reaches your home.

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In the U.S., 45% of pigs and 30% of ration-fed cattle receive ractopamine as a muscle enhancer. In humans, it can affect your cardiovascular system and cause hyperactivity.

FLAME RETARDANT


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 Banned in 18 countries in Europe and also in Japan.

 The ingredient is called brominated vegetable oil (BVO). It was originally designed as a flame retardant and is used in drinks in the U.S. since 1977.

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Skin rashes, acne, lack of appetite and fatigue are some of the systems it can cause. Hearing loss and growth problems are also a risk if you ingest BVO, as well as iodine deficiency, hypothyroidism and cancer.

ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORS AND DYES


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Banned in Norway and Austria. Great Britain has restricted its use and the European Union requires labeling.

 There are over 3000 food additives, which include preservatives, flavorings and colors. Research shows increased risk of allergies, behavioral changes and cancer.

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You can easily find them in many processed foods: Mac and Cheese, flavored crackers and cereals. Even in those targeted at children.

ARSENIC


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Banned in the European Union.

 In the United States, chickens are given arsenic-based drugs so that they grow faster and their meat looks fresher, with that nice pink tone.

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If you ingest arsenic on a regular basis, you can suffer headaches, anemia, low blood pressure, skin lesions, increased risk of diabetes and higher risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and infant mortality.

POTASSIUM BROMATE


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Banned in Canada, China and the European Union.

 Potassium bromate is used in flour by baking companies in rolls, wraps, breads and bagels. Because of our diet, it is easy to ingest significant amounts of it.

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It has been linked to thyroid problems, kidney damage, gastrointestinal discomfort and damage to the nervous system.

OLESTRA OR OLEAN


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Banned in the United Kingdom and Canada.

 Olestra, also known as Olean can be found in many products, especially in chips and French fries as a substitute so they are fat and cholesterol free.

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Not only do they still make you gain weight, but they can also cause adverse intestinal reactions and exhaustion of vitamin A, D, E and K.

PRESERVATIVES BHA AND BHT


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Banned in the European Union and Japan.

 BHA is short for butylated hydroxyanisole and BHT means butylated hydroxytoluene. They both are food preservatives.

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They are present in a variety of products: beer, breakfast cereal, nut mixes, butter, meat, chewing gum and dehydrated potatoes.

In rats, they have been linked with increased cancer risks. In humans, they can lead to allergic reactions and hyperactivity.

rBGH


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Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union and Canada.

It is a recombinant version of a hormone that cows naturally produce. They are injected with the genetically engineered version to increase milk production. This means that cows suffer more from mastitis and other health conditions.

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It is estimated that 1 in 6 cows in the U.S. receive rBGH. The United Nations does not endorse the use of it. It increases your risk of colorectal, prostate and breast cancer.

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Healthy Versions Of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

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Oh How we love our comfort food! If you want to stay slim while indulging, here’s how!

PIZZA


 Homemade pizza is always a healthier alternative to eating out. Make it even better by substituting half of the flour with whole-wheat flour and use olive oil.

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The secret is in the sauce. Add oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes, garlic and other fresh spices.

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Choose your cheeses well. To add extra flavor, combine a few types of cheese. Part-skim mozzarella cheese with grated Parmesan and Ricotta cheese is a tasty option.

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Add vegetables: spinach, peppers and basil will bring color to your pizza and taste as well!

MACARONI AND CHEESE


 Never mind those sugar-packed, salty, store-bought mac and cheese boxes. Homemade is the way to go.

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Macaroni and cheese is the perfect dish to experiment with, have fun. To make it healthier, add half a head of cauliflower (pureed) to the cheese sauce. You can also switch some of the full fat cheese for part-skim.

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Get the kids to eat cauliflower without them ever knowing.

CHEESEBURGER


 We all love grilling a good burger. To start, get the best ground beef. It is important that your main ingredient be as lean as possible. To add extra taste, add chipotle peppers to your adobo sauce.

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Use whole grain buns to get all the fiber your digestive system needs to work properly. Add some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, peppers and other fresh crunchy vegetables to get all the nutrients you need. A slice of cheddar cheese and we are ready to enjoy this classic dish.

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LASAGNA


 A few simple swaps will change this guilty pleasure into a healthy one.

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Use whole grain lasagna noodles, add a lean ground sirloin and a low-fat cottage cheese and you’ll be adding fiber and ingesting far less fat and bad cholesterol. You can replace the noodles with zucchini or eggplant for an even healthier dish.

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Use olive oil instead of butter or other oils, if possible. Olive oil lowers your bad cholesterol while adding texture. Top it off with half-skim cheese.

SHEPHERD’S PIE


 Mashed potatoes. We all love mashed potatoes, but also know how fattening they are. Here’s a secret recipe to change things up.

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Once again, cauliflower will save the day. Replace half of the potatoes with cauliflower. It has great texture, doesn’t change the taste and it contains half the calories!

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Lean ground beef packed with vegetables and spices will make this the greatest Shepherd’s pie you and your family have ever tasted.

BAKED GARLIC FRIES


 The key to making a healthy dish is in knowing what to change to make the greatest impact.

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The idea is simple. Do not fry your fries: bake them. They are just as tasty and the difference for your health is huge.

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Add garlic, parsley and olive oil to give them a tasty twist.

ARTICHOKE-SPINACH DIP


 As with any dips, you can experiment to make it your own. Here is the general idea.

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Beans, cream cheese, garlic and chicken broth are pureed and mixed with cooked spinach, artichokes and whatever spices and sauces you wish to add.

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Cover it in low-fat or semi-skim cheese and bake until it is golden and bubbling. Great dip for our baked fries!

ONION RINGS


 There are many onion ring recipes. Here are some tricks to make them healthier.

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Use vegetable milk instead of whole milk. This will reduce the fat in your batter and can help you add flavor.

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Bake the rings: don’t deep-fry them. This makes a world of difference. You will feel much better after filling up with onion rings. No guilt.

PANCAKES


 The secret to healthier pancakes is easy: switch to Greek yogurt and add all the fruits you can think of. This will guarantee a variety of flavors and nutrients.

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Greek yogurt is the perfect ingredient to reduce the amount of flour in your pancakes without losing any of the texture. Try these and you will never use milk in your pancakes again.

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING


 Chocolate pudding is one of our favorite comfort foods. It is tasty, rich in texture and also in sugar and fat. Here is how to improve it.

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Use fat-free or skim milk. This lowers the fat intake. Buy unsweetened cocoa so you know exactly how much sugar you are adding to your dessert. There are a few variations you can try. Instead of sugar, use honey. Add cinnamon to lower the amount of sugar needed.

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What other healthy version of our favorite comfort foods do you know? We would love to hear about them!

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