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May 7, 2012 - 1:01pm

Brunch is one of life's simple pleasures. I love sitting with a few friends, enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee and savoring an omelet in the middle of the morning. The meal's versatile menu—sweet or savory—special drinks and sleepyhead-friendly timing make it perhaps the perfect meal. As The Simpsons once put it: "You'll love it! It's not quite breakfast, it's not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end." So true!

But even something as wonderful as brunch is capable of being ruined. And since many people are gearing up to make delicious Mother's Day brunches, I thought I'd run down some of the most common mistakes people make to protect you from a midmorning brunch disaster.

Here are 5 of the most common brunch mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. You Overcook The Eggs—...

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May 4, 2012 - 12:21pm

For several years, when I was getting started in the New York magazine world, my regular breakfast was a muffin—usually purchased from a fast-food chain and scarfed down on my all-out sprint from the subway to the office. Not so coincidentally, these were also the years in which I steadily, gradually gained weight.

Don't Miss: 5 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss
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My assumption, in ordering a wholesome-looking, berry-studded muffin virtually every day, was that I was making a healthy choice. It turns out, however, that that's not necessarily the case


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May 1, 2012 - 12:14pm

When it comes down to it, there are very few foods I’d pick over a creamy bowl of guacamole and crispy tortilla chips. They are hands-down my favorite party snack, especially when paired with a citrusy margarita. If someone asks me how much guacamole they should make for an event I’m coming to, my answer will inevitably be “More.”

Don’t Miss: Healthy Guacamole Recipes & Mexican Dips
Delicious Mexican Drinks

But pump the brakes on that pool party! Just because these foods are great-tasting doesn’t mean they’re great for me. In fact, oftentimes these items...

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April 20, 2012 - 10:11am

In the last few months, my wife and I have managed to cut our grocery bill by a solid $50-$60 per week. Needless to say, that’s made a big difference in our budget—we find ourselves saving more each month and better able to do fun stuff like eat out occasionally and even go on weekend trips. It’s amazing what a difference a few extra dollars can make in your overall quality of life.

It’s important to note that we’ve done all this without feeling like we’ve been making any major sacrifices at the supermarket. After all: what good is a bit of extra enjoyment in one part of your life when it means cutting all of the pleasure out of another?

Recipes to Try: Delicious Dinner Recipes for $1 or Less...

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April 13, 2012 - 11:28am

As a certified meat lover, it’s hard to imagine cutting tasty bacon, savory chicken thighs or buttery steak from my diet. Still, I know that it’s considerably healthier to reduce the amount of meat that I eat. A vegetarian diet could lower my risk of chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And—no surprise—people who cut meat from their diet tend to take in less saturated fat and cholesterol and get more fiber, vitamins C and E and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Getting the recommended 6 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is a cinch when you take meat out of the equation.

Don’t Miss: 28-Day Vegetarian Meal Plan

It’s cheaper too. Since meat is the...

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