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Poached chicken breasts make for tender succulent chicken that you can use in many a chicken recipe, such as soup, pot pie or burritos. Or enjoy poached chicken plain and simple in a sandwich or on top of a salad.
This is like pumpkin pie in a glass, only without the fat and calories. Enjoy this healthy low fat pumpkin smoothie for a liquid breakfast, or enjoy as an energy-boosting liquid snack.
Cod is a lean fish that also happens to be a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Baked in the oven with a light drizzle of lemon, garlic, olive oil, a sliver of butter for added flavor, and fresh parsley, this is a wonderful way to enjoy a healthy fish dish.
Dietary fat comes in different forms. Some fats are necessary and beneficial, others are not. Find out which fats to choose - sparingly - and which ones to avoid.
Poached chicken is a wonderful way to eat succulent, low fat chicken. Enjoy poached chicken in salads, sandwiches, burritos and many other recipes that call for cooked chicken. Here's how to make poached chicken.
Asparagus at the grocery stores is a sure sign of spring. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, asparagus is a nutritional power house. It fits well into a low fat diet, provided you don't smother it with high fat sauces. So how do we cook and eat this wonderful spring time vegetable so that it remains crisp yet tender?
A thick and satisfying low-fat broccoli soup that makes a delicious fall or winter lunch.
Chestnuts are a perfect low fat holiday treat, once you figure out how to get through their tough exterior. The end result is well worth it: chestnuts are soft, sweet and delicious. Use them as a low fat snack or in soups and side dishes.
MyPyramid, which in 2005 replaced the old food pyramid, was designed to be a personalized, interactive tool to be used in conjunction with food labels to help us make healthy low fat food choices. But would it impact the way we ate?
A collection of low fat pumpkin recipes, both savory and sweet, featuring canned or fresh pureed pumpkin.
With only a few ingredients, making a meringue ought to be simple, but there are some common mistakes to avoid to ensure perfect meringue every time.
Egg substitute is ideal for those who need to lower their intake of fat and cholesterol, but what exactly is egg substitute, and does it contain eggs?
A delicious and nutritious spinach soup that's perfect any time of the year. Enjoy with a dollop of fat-free sour cream of plain yogurt.
Pumpkin oatmeal packs a powerful low fat nutritional punch on cold dark mornings. It's like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast.
Once upon a time, all fats were bad. Now we talk about good fats, bad fats, possibly not-so-bad fats, and really bad fats. Confused? You're not alone.
10 low fat breakfast options including hearty oatmeal, warm and delicious muffins, French toast and eggs.
A thick and satisfying broccoli and cauliflower soup that's perfect for a cold winter's day. Thick and creamy, this soup is surprisingly low in fat.
Surely cheese is off the menu if you're trying to eat low fat. Not necessarily. Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and phosphorus, but it's also a major source of saturated fat in our diet. What should we do?
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Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat a healthier, low fat diet. Or perhaps you're reassessing your diet as spring or summer approach. Whatever the time of year, here are 10 ways to get you started, or back on track with a low fat diet in time for spring break or summer.
Five quick and easy low-fat chicken breast recipes for any night of the week.
Can eggs be part of a low fat diet? What about the cholesterol in eggs? Are there any benefits to eating eggs?
Low fat cooking becomes easier if low fat ingredients are on hand and temptation is out of the way. To change the way we cook and eat, we must first give our kitchens a low fat makeover. We can lose the habit of cooking with excess fat, or adding butter, cheese and sour cream at every opportunity if these items are replaced with low-fat or fat-free alternatives.
Enjoy a nutritious wedge of roasted butternut squash as a perfect fall or winter side dish. Glazed with a mix of orange juice and maple syrup, and sprinkled with cinnamon, you can enjoy a deliciously low fat vegetable treat.
Nonstick cookware is a necessity in any low fat kitchen. But questions have been raised about the safety of nonstick cookware because of PFOA, a chemical used in bonding non stick surfaces. DuPont, makers of Teflon-brand nonstick cookware, has come under particular scrutiny. Here's why.
Here's a delightfully quick and easy creamy low-fat pasta dish using low-fat ricotta cheese, fresh spinach and basil, and your favorite pasta.
When the weather cools off in fall and winter, it's tempting to load up on fat- and calorie-dense meals. And if you're in a hurry to get dinner on the table, healthy options may also be farthest from your mind. Well, here are some weeknight recipes that manage to be both comforting and healthy.
Six low-fat, low-calorie soups for cold fall and winter days.
Take 20 simple steps to lower the fat in your cooking. Low fat cooking is easier than you think.
Links to a range of recipes, from beef to vegetarian, that will help you maintain a healthy low fat diet. See how low fat does not mean loss of flavor.
Creamy white sauces are delicious over vegetables, with pasta, or served with white meat. Traditionally, these sauces are high in fat. Learn how to make a low fat sauce that works just as well.
Ground beef can contain as much as 30 percent fat or as little as five percent fat, but many people are unclear as to what this means in terms of their own fat intake.
An ultra-healthy low-fat omelet that makes a perfect breakfast or light lunch for one. Serve with a spoonful of medium salsa and rustic whole grain bread.
Making a meringue seems daunting, but it's actually pretty straightforward, so long as you follow a few basic rules. Let's begin by gathering the ingredients and the equipment
A thick and warming low-fat cauliflower soup that's perfect for chilly fall or winter days.
These low fat Halloween cookies make a great treat to take along to your neighborhood Halloween party. They're a great way to indulge in a little chocolate without blowing your diet.
A great wholesome applesauce oatmeal muffin that's delicious, nutritious and low in fat. Perfect for breakfast on the go or as a lunch box treat.
These moist apple oatmeal muffins make a great low fat snack or breakfast muffin.
Pumpkin and cranberries pair well together in these delicious low fat fall muffins. Enjoy these pumpkin cranberry muffins with a morning cup of coffee or as a tea time treat.
Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol putting us at risk of heart disease and stroke. But what are the chief sources of saturated fat, and how can we reduce our intake?
A luscious, velvety cream of pumpkin soup that's low in fat and full of flavor. This low fat cream of pumpkin soup is ideal as a prelude to a full Thanksgiving dinner or simply as a seasonal lunch.
Chicken Parmesan is a favorite dish of many, but it's often high in fat and calories. Here's a low fat chicken parmesan that's a little easier on the waistline.
Need an easy, low-fat, quick, and healthy dinner that the kids will actually eat and that won't require a trip to the supermarket? Check out this recipe.
Apple Phyllo Pie is a great low-fat alternative to regular apple pie. Crisp, flaky and delicious, this low fat apple phyllo pie can be enjoyed with a scoop of frozen low-fat yogurt or light ice cream.
A low fat pumpkin-banana bread using a small amount of heart-healthy canola oil instead of artery-clogging butter. A nice low fat treat for fall and Halloween.
Skinless chicken breasts can be tough, stringy, and bland. But they needn't be. Learn how to enjoy succulent, flavorful skinless chicken breasts.
Try some warming low fat leek and potato soup either on St. Patrick's Day or during the winter months.
Pancakes are just about everybody's favorite breakfast, so add some seasonal flavor by adding pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to make these delicious low fat pumpkin pancakes.
Delicious white fish fillets coated in breadcrumbs and baked in the oven to make crunchy low-fat kid-pleasing breaded fish.
How can foods containing hydrogenated oils be labeled trans-fat-free or display 0g trans fats?
A low fat version of Shepherd's Pie, a traditional English comfort-food classic, made with extra-lean ground beef, vegetables and topped with potato.
Fresh-fruit smoothies are the perfect way to enjoy a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. They're a great way to kick-start your day.
Low fat crustless pumpkin pie is perfect for those who want all the taste of pumpkin pie without the main source of fat. It's almost like a slice of pumpkin custard.
Neither a cookie nor a muffin, these delectable, low-fat pumpkin bites are perfect for lunch boxes or as after-school treats. Sweet yet nutritious, these low fat pumpkin bites are a real kid pleaser.
There's nothing quite like a warm, fresh banana muffin. Enjoy these low-fat banana muffins for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
A low fat crockpot chicken and vegetable stew that will fill your kitchen with a wonderful aroma and be waiting for you when you return home from work, late-afternoon shopping or school.
Popcorn balls make a great Halloween party snack, but they're often loaded with fat and difficult to eat. Here are some mini popcorn balls that are low in fat and just the right size to eat.
A mildly spicy low fat carrot and sweet potato soup that makes a satisfying lunch or beginning to a fall or Thanksgiving dinner.
With almost half the butter of most sugar cookies, these Halloween sugar cookies should make you feel only half as guilty for indulging. Top with sprinkles before baking or add a colorful glaze afterwards using powdered sugar, lemon juice and food coloring.
Make cakes and muffins from store-bought cake mixes with far less fat and cholesterol with these simple suggestions.
A quick and easy low fat coleslaw using ready-shredded coleslaw mix, fat-free mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar and celery seed.
Low fat turkey chili makes an ideal family supper on cold nights or on game day. Serve with a dollop of fat-free sour cream or yogurt on top.
Make satisfyingly crunchy fried chicken without a frying pan. This oven-fried chicken recipe is a great low-fat option for fried-chicken lovers.
A meltingly delicious low fat pot roast made with a lean cut of beef and loaded with vegetables.
Low Fat or nonfat yogurt makes a great substitute for cream and other full-fat dairy products in all kinds of low fat recipes. Here are 10 ways to use low fat yogurt.
Is butter better or worse for us than margarine? Neither is ideal, especially if we following a low fat diet.
With food prices soaring, can we really afford to eat low fat? The answer is yes, with some planning. Find out how to shave dollars off your grocery bill, yet still manage to eat low fat.
Nonstick cooking spray is a godsend to many a cook, especially those trying to eat low fat. Replacing the need for copious amounts of oil or butter in cooking, nonstick cooking spray is meant to offer a virtually fat-free way to cook food.
A store-bought blueberry scone can be more than 400 calories. so why not make your own at home where you can control the ingredients and the portion size. These blueberry scones make a great low-fat, low-calorie treat at well under under 100 calories per scone.
Here's a low fat tamale pie that uses extra-lean ground beef and reduced-fat cheese instead of regular versions. The end result is still a delicious and satisfying Mexican-style pie.
Roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect low cholesterol, low-saturated-fat snack for Halloween. These roasted pumpkin seeds are sweetened with a sprinkling of brown sugar and cinnamon.
A delicious, moist pumpkin apple muffin that's perfect for a grab and go breakfast, or as a mid-morning snack.
They are made by substituting nonfat or low-fat milk or buttermilk (or fat-free broth)in place of cream, whole milk and butter.
Pizza may not be a health food, but if you top it with fresh, healthy ingredients, it can certainly be part of a healthy diet. Here's a great recipe for a basic pizza dough that happens to be virtually fat free. How you top it is up to you.
Many low fat products lack taste and texture. Here are my top 10 picks of low fat foods or kitchen staples that are excellent low fat or reduced fat options.
Warm blueberry muffins fresh from the oven are hard to beat. Try these low fat blueberry muffins for breakfast or as part of a low fat brunch.
Here's a great low fat vegetarian dish of baked pumpkin pasta, using penne pasta, pumpkin puree, part-skim ricotta cheese, zucchini, and a subtle blend of herbs.
A quick and easy, low-fat, low-calorie tomato basil soup that makes a great lunch or appetizer any time of the year.
If you have flour, eggs, nonfat milk and sugar in your kitchen, you make these basic low fat pancakes, which taste so much better than those made from a box of mix, or worse, frozen pancakes.
For a healthy morning snack, or if you're grabbing breakfast on the run, try these delicious low fat pumpkin oatmeal muffins.
Make a healthier breakfast by whipping up some low-fat whole-wheat pancakes that are light, fluffy and delicious. Enjoy with some maple syrup or some fruit compote, but steer well clear of butter and cream.
How do we change the way we think about food, and eat a healthier, low fat diet? We need to give ourselves a low fat makeover.
We need to eat dietary fat for a variety of reasons, but which ones should we eat? Choose mostly unsaturated fats. Here are some good examples.
These tiny little pumpkin pies make the perfect portion-sized dessert on Thanksgiving. Find out the secret to their low fat and calorie content.
You don't have to give up beef in your burgers. Find out how to make moist, flavorful low fat burgers using lean and extra-lean ground beef.
Basic crêpes are simple to make. These low fat crêpes are made with nonfat milk, only one egg and absolutely no butter. Eat them with a little confectioners sugar and a squeeze of lemon, or fill them with low fat ingredients such as yogurt and fruit, and roll them up.
A cool refreshing smoothie made with watermelon and yogurt.
Enjoy a light and fluffy potato-topped creamy fish pie that's filling, delicious and low in fat. This low fat fish pie is comfort food at its lightest and best.
Sorbet is virtually fat-free dessert, and a welcome treat on hot sunny days. This strawberry sorbet is made with fresh in-season strawberries, but when fresh strawberries are out of season, it's better to use frozen strawberries for maximum flavor.
Quinoa is the grain of choice in this delicious low-fat southwestern-style salad. Enjoy as a light main dish or as an accompaniment to chicken, pork or shrimp.
If you want any proof that low fat can be satisfying, try this hearty and nutritious Lentil and Black Bean Soup, which makes a perfect lunch option in the cold winter months.
Tender and light, these low fat Cranberry Orange Muffins make a delightful seasonal treat. Serve them as part of a holiday brunch or enjoy with a glass of orange or pomegranate juice for breakfast.
A slimmed down version of a holiday classic, this healthy, low fat green casserole uses fresh green beans, and dispenses with canned soup and fried onions. Instead, this healthy green casserole has a fresh-tasting mushroom sauce and is topped with sauteed onions and whole-grain bread crumbs.
These low fat savory chicken breasts are perfect for the broiler or grill.
Beef is a source of saturated fat and cholesterol. Can we still eat beef and follow a low-fat diet? The answer is yes, so long as you bear a few things in mind.
Are you looking for low fat dips to serve at your next gathering? Try this low fat spinach dip. Serve with fresh veggies or baked pita chips.
Make the most of seasonal vegetables and make a delicious low fat, low calorie spring vegetable soup.
A quick and easy dish of glazed pork medallions, cut from pork tenderloin, one of the leanest meats apart from skinless chicken breasts.
Cod Provencal is an easy-to-prepare low fat supper for any night of the week.
These delicious low fat chocolate chip cookies have half the fat of regular chocolate chip cookies yet taste just as decadent. Using cocoa powder and miniature chocolate chips, the chocolate taste is just as intense.
These little pumpkin squares are light and airy, and belie the fact that they're low fat. Add a little bit of decadence with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.
An easy-to-prepare, low-fat beef stew that cooks all day in the crockpot.
Come home to a delicious, low-fat vegetable stew that you can prepare early in the day and forget about. Enjoy with some whole grain rolls.
Shrimp are high in cholesterol, so should we include them as part of a low fat diet?
A soup for all seasons, this low fat tomato spinach soup makes a perfect lunch.
Try this healthy and nutritious low fat vegetable lasagna made with garden vegetables and fat-free ricotta cheese. It's a great low fat vegetarian option any time of the week.
This banana bread pudding has to be one of my favorite cold-weather desserts. It's warm, comforting and happens to be low fat. What more could you want?
Meaty and filling, broiled portobello mushrooms are delicious on their own with a green salad or in a whole-grain bun or pita.
One way to cut saturated fat in our diets is to choose liquid oils over solid fats, but cooking oils are not saturated-fat-free.
Who can resist holiday cookies? If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, try these festive low fat cookies, which use cranberries instead of raisins.
A spicy and delicious low fat chicken and black bean soup recipe. Serve with non-fat sour cream and baked tortillas.
A slimmed-down version of pumpkin cheesecake so that you can enjoy all the flavor with a fraction of the fat.
Soup is a great way to use turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's one of many variations: chunks of white-meat turkey with rice and vegetables in a tomato broth. Warming and delicious.
A sweet and mildly spiced crockpot chicken and chickpea stew that makes a delicious low fat fall or winter supper.
Enjoy these moist and delicious morning glory muffins at breakfast or as an afternoon teatime treat.
Chocolate chip cookies are just about everybody's favorite cookie, and the undoing of many a dieter or healthy eater. So why not adjust your recipes a little and enjoy a lighter chocolate chip cookie that's still worth savoring.
As much as food labels are supposed to help us, sometimes it is easy be confused. Does low fat mean the same as reduced fat, for example? The answer in this case is no.
Sugar cookies, anyone? These low fat cookies are a tasty holiday treat. Reducing the amount of butter allows these holiday cookies to lose much of the fat without losing the flavor.
How much do you know about fat? Try this quiz on fats from your Low Fat Cooking Guide
Enjoy a warming, comforting cream of chicken soup with just a fraction of the fat and calories of the regular kind. Plus, it's much lower in sodium than the canned variety.
These low fat brownies make a wonderfully chocolately treat. Served warm with a glass of cold milk, they taste just heavenly.
There are countless low fat ways to use a rotisserie chicken. Discover 10 ways to use a rotisserie chicken right here.
Just about everybody loves pancakes. Add a little fiber to yours by making these yummy low-fat applesauce oatmeal pancakes.
A hearty and low-fat chicken casserole featuring chicken breasts, mushrooms, onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Delicious for fall and winter evenings.
Creamy, low fat chicken enchiladas using shredded cooked chicken, back beans, sweet corn, salsa and a blend of low fat yogurt and reduced fat sour cream.
A warm and velvety low fat butternut squash and apple soup makes a hearty and delicious autumn lunch. Serve with whole grain bread.
Enjoy a healthy low-fat, low-calorie soup that's filled with kale, potatoes, carrots, onions, and some cooked chicken breast.
Nothing beats a bowl of soup on a cold day, and this naturally low fat minestrone soup, which apparently means big soup, is no exception. Chock-full of vegetables, pasta and beans, this minestrone soup is indeed a big soup -- a meal in itself, especially when accompanied by some crusty whole-grain bread.
What are trans fats or hydrogenated fats? Why are trans fats thought to be worse than saturated fats? And how can we find out which foods have trans fats hidden in them?
Here's a healthier version of banana bread that reduces the amount of fat and sugar, and replaces half the flour content with with whole wheat flour. The end result is still a delicious banana bread fit for any tea table.
Apple crisp is a warming, comforting dessert that's perfect in the cool fall and winter months. Keep it low fat by using just a little butter for the crisp topping.
A very simple low fat recipe for crockpot chicken chili.
A low fat, tangy Caesar salad dressing is the key to cutting fat and calories in this chicken salad.
Dust off your slow cooker, or crockpot, and make some delicious, satisfying low-fat meals the whole family can enjoy. In most cases, no added fat is required.
You might want to eat low fat to lose weight, or perhaps to address a medical condition. Here are 10 things you need to stop doing if you want to eat low fat. Some may seem obvious, but others may be surprising. Find out what may be sabotaging your low fat diet.
A satisfyingly filling yet low fat creamy mushroom risotto you'll want to make again and again.
Tasty, succulent low-fat Apricot Chicken breasts are perfect for busy weeknights. Enjoy this low-fat dish with your favorite vegetables.
If you're planning a low fat St Patrick's Day feast, try this traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. It's easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients.
A delicious low fat recipe for chicken satay with a creamy peanut sauce.
Serve this hearty low fat chili to a crowd during the play-offs or on Superbowl Sunday. The best part is, they won't be able to tell it's low fat.
Those of us watching our fat intake use cooking spray in cooking so the idea of using salad-dressing spray on our salad leaves makes perfect sense. Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers allow us to flavor our salads more subtly and without all the fat of regular dressing.
Here's a delicious and nutritious soup made with lentils, vegetables, and leftover holiday turkey.
Acorn squash and apple soup is a rich and satisfying low-fat fall soup. Enjoy this slightly sweet soup with some crusty whole grain bread.
Enjoy this heart-healthy salmon and asparagus in foil. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect against heart disease. This dish derives a little under 31% of its calories from fat, so still fits in well with a low fat diet.
Love lasagna but hate the fat and calories? Before you cast it from your menu, there are plenty of ways to lighten the load and still end up with a satisfying dish the whole family will enjoy.
Chocolate is neither low fat nor low calorie, but its high flavonoid content may be good for your heart. Most of these antioxidant compounds are destroyed in processing, however.
When it's cold outside, there's nothing like a pot of homemade soup to help take the chill off. Try a nice warming bowl of carrot, tomato and zucchini soup, spiced with some fresh, peppery cilantro.
Cooked until just crisp tender, then sauteed with garlic, red onion and apple cider, these Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts may make you change your mind about this much-maligned vegetable. They make a perfect side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A quick and easy low fat skillet beef and vegetables dish made with extra-lean ground beef and an assortment of vegetables.
Warm and comforting, rice pudding is a fall and winter classic. Even if you're eating low fat, you can still enjoy this creamy delight.