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Stocking Healthy Foods

Healthy Refrigerator

Every few months, purge your refrigerator of unhealthy foods, old leftovers, and other questionable items that have outstayed their welcome. Then restock your refrigerator with healthy, nutritious options that give you best chance of sticking to your low-fat eating plan.

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Last-Minute Easter Ideas

Friday April 18, 2014
Easter is a movable feast, literally. It can fall as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th, which can be very confusing to a child -- my younger daughter -- whose birthday has occurred on Easter. When she was little, it was hard to explain why the Easter bunny visited on her birthday one year but not the next. I tried to explain that, unlike Christmas, which is always December 25th, the date of Easter Sunday varies because of the Paschal full moon.

Easter Sunday falls on April 20th this year (last year it was March 31st; next year it will be April 5th). So here is a selection of low-fat Easter recipes so you can put together a family-friendly low-fat Easter brunch, lunch or dinner.

Easter Dinner Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

Eggs at Easter

Monday April 14, 2014
I love eggs, preferably poached, although I also love them lightly scrambled with spinach and mushrooms. Easter is only days away, so naturally, eggs are on my mind, and not just chocolate ones. Some people wonder if eggs can fit into a low fat diet, as they are often perceived to be a high-fat food. Despite being high in dietary cholesterol, eggs are low in saturated fat and are a very good source of protein and many other important nutrients. How they're prepared and what they're served with is perhaps what leads them to be demonized. If you need to eat low fat, then you should limit or cut out butter, cheese, and bacon from your egg dishes. Find out how eggs can fit into your diet.

Eggs Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

On the Road

Tuesday April 8, 2014
It's spring break somewhere in the U.S., and perhaps you're about to fly off to somewhere warm and sunny or maybe you are piling into the family car and heading off on a different kind of adventure. The holiday season aside, nothing undoes a diet more than a vacation. This may be due to the feeling that a vacation should also mean a vacation from your diet; but often it's due to a lack of choice. Airports, rest stops, and diners are not exactly synonymous with healthy eating. It is possible to buy fruit, yogurt, and granola bars, of course, but some of these can be oversized, sugar-filled, and therefore calorie dense. Still, if you are determined to eat well on your spring fling or summer break, it's not impossible. Here's how to eat low fat on the road.

Mushroom Risotto

Sunday March 30, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, risotto is not difficult to make; it simply requires a little time and attention, something that we're often short of during the course of a busy week. Despite this, with a little planning, risotto can be on the table in about 30-35 minutes. One of my favorite risottos is a mushroom risotto. Although I like to use cremini and shiitake mushrooms, feel free to use button mushrooms or a different blend if you prefer.

Mushroom Risotto © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com

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