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March 26, 2014 - 10:54am

Eating clean means eating more whole foods and less processed foods. It may sound like a fad, but it’s not based on unrealistic eating patterns or cutting out entire food groups. Need more guidance? See our 10 clean eating tips here to get started.

Cleaning up your diet is a lot easier when your pantry, fridge and freezer are filled with healthy, clean foods. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are easy-to-spot clean foods, but you can also tell a clean product by its short ingredient list, filled with names you recognize (and can even pronounce!). A hallmark of eating clean is to choose foods with healthy ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats and those low in added sugar and salt. Here are some other tips to help you stock your...

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March 17, 2014 - 12:13pm

Greek Vs. Regular: By the Numbers

Greek yogurt has surged in popularity in recent years, and with good reason. Straining out the extra whey in yogurt makes Greek yogurt thick, creamy and tangy. The plain variety has less sugar and more protein than typical yogurt. But regular yogurt delivers twice the bone-strengthening mineral calcium. Greek yogurt also tends to be more expensive than regular yogurt, because more milk goes into making each cup.

Pictured Recipe: Apple Oatmeal

SERVING: 1 cup (nonfat) GREEK REGULAR
Calories 133 137
Total fat (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 81 189
Total carb (g)...

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March 12, 2014 - 9:26am

It’s hard to beat the ease of opening a jar (unless, of course, it’s screwed on super-tight) to help bring pasta night together in a flash. To find a sauce that’s good for you, here’s what you need to know.

1. Calorie counts
Who knew something that’s predominantly tomatoes could vary so greatly? Sauces on the shelf have anywhere from 40 to 110 calories per ½-cup serving, depending on how much oil is added and how thick the sauce is.

2. The variations
Different flavors by the same brand can have very different ingredients and nutrition stats, so check the labels even when choosing between almost identical-looking sauces.

3. Money matters
You get what you pay for. The premium brands ($7-9) we tested had cleaner ingredient lists and tasted better than the $3...

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January 30, 2014 - 8:00am

There are times, like after a food-filled vacation or a big holiday, when I feel like my typically healthy diet needs a bit of a refresh. Instead of skipping meals, feeling guilty or drastically cutting calories—habits that can be detrimental to your health—try making some small changes to each meal to get back on track without a diet overhaul. Here’s a daily plan with tricks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that will save some calories and help you get right back on track.

See: Is doing a cleanse a good idea?

Breakfast: I always start my day with a healthy breakfast—but when I’m trying to restart my healthy habits, I use a few tricks to cut calories without missing out on any of my favorites....

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January 27, 2014 - 10:12am

A new study by Consumer Reports may make you think twice before reaching for a soda (and it’s not about sugar or artificial sweeteners). Some types of caramel color, an additive found in many colas, contain a compound (4-MEI) that may cause cancer, according to some animal studies. Recently, California’s Environmental Protection Agency began requiring a cancer warning for products with 4-MEI that exceeded the state’s recommended limit. As a result, Coca-Cola reformulated their colas sold in the U.S. to use a 4-MEI-free caramel color, and PepsiCo pledged to do the same by February 2014. Yet, when Consumer Reports tested various colas purchased last year, they found some that far exceeded the recommended 4-MEI limit set by California. Of the reformulated sodas they tested, some had low levels but others were higher than expected. The FDA maintains its position...

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