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November 19, 2013 - 2:30pm

Keeping a box or two of crackers on hand is helpful for whipping up a quick appetizer when guests (not always expected) drop by. They’re also a staple for an easy snack. Unfortunately, many crackers contain excessive sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. Here’s what to seek out on labels and some brands that meet our criteria.

Numbers to Look For:
Saturated Fat ≤ 0.5 g
Sodium ≤ 200 mg
Dietary Fiber ≥ 2 g
Sugars ≤ 2 g
Serving Size: About 30 grams (serving sizes may vary).

Ingredients to look for: Healthy oils (olive, canola), whole grains (whole wheat, brown rice, whole rye)

Watch out...

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October 17, 2013 - 9:19am

Spices are a delicious way to add flavor to your food. Many spices even have extra health and nutrition benefits—chili powder can help boost metabolism and ginger can help soothe your stomach. Recently the FDA reported in Food Microbiology that some imported spices have been contaminated with Salmonella, causing illnesses and deaths. The FDA is scheduled to release a more detailed report later this year on spice safety.

If this news has you questioning the safety of your spices and what you can do, here are a few tips:

1. Check the FDA website to see if any of your spices (or other foods) have been recalled:

2. Heating spices...

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August 21, 2013 - 3:50pm

Find out how to pick a healthy peanut butter and why to be leary of "natural" peanut butter labels.

More than just a sandwich spread, peanut butter deserves a spot on your menu! Its healthy fats, fiber and protein may help you stave off afternoon hunger pangs, says a new study. But not all peanut butter is created equal. Here are our tips for finding the best peanut butter on the shelf.

1. Avoid Oil:
Many PBs are still made with hydrogenated oils, which improve the texture but add trans fat. Some replaced those oils with palm oil—a better choice, but high in unhealthy saturated fat. Buy PB with no added oils and stir before spreading.

2. Skip Added Sugars:
Some PBs provide 3 to 4 grams of added sugars (about 1 teaspoon per 2-...

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August 19, 2013 - 1:33pm

I eat breakfast every day regardless of the time of year—breakfast provides me with a much-needed morning energy boost and keeps me focused. And research shows that regular breakfast eaters weigh less and have an easier time keeping weight off. (Who doesn’t love that?)

In the cooler months, I almost always eat a hearty, healthy bowl of oatmeal. But in the heat of summer the last thing I want is a steaming-hot breakfast. Luckily, there are plenty of refreshing breakfast options to help me beat the heat and start my day right. Here are my 4 favorite breakfast ideas to stay healthy and cool all summer long.


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