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March 24, 2016 - 11:45am

For some people, it can help to know how many calories your body needs in one day. Counting calories and knowing how many you're eating can be a good way to assess if you're taking in too much or not enough.

Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Get a 1,500-calorie meal plan here.)

If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a daily calorie goal—and can help you lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Calculate your calorie goal:
YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT X 12 = calories needed to maintain your weight

• To lose 1 pound per week: Cut 500 calories/day
• To lose 2 pounds...

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March 24, 2016 - 11:36am

If you want to eat healthier, sometimes it takes a little planning. But how exactly do you plan for a healthy diet? Here are some steps to get you started:

Don’t Miss: Cheap, Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

▢ Stock your kitchen with healthy foods. A first step in eating right is getting prepared. Go through your fridge and pantry and toss the super-unhealthy stuff you want to eat less of. Then, get ready to cook up healthy meals by stocking your pantry with healthy-cooking essentials. Check out this Guide to Stocking a Healthy Kitchen for advice on where to get started.

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March 24, 2016 - 11:17am

Some of my favorite cool-weather side dishes are comforting vegetable casseroles like good old scalloped potatoes (a.k.a. potato gratin). Typical scalloped potato recipes bathe ingredients in a heavy cream sauce and top them with crispy buttered breadcrumbs or cheese. Our version saves about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional recipe. (Get the recipe for Scalloped Potatoes and More Healthy Vegetable Gratin Recipes.)

Want to know how we did it? Here are our 3 simple tricks:

Tip 1: Roast the vegetables first 
Classic scalloped potato recipes rely on fat from butter and cream to carry the flavor. Not ours. We toss the vegetables with oil and roast them before they hit the baking dish. The...

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March 23, 2016 - 12:47pm

Hard-boiled eggs seem simple, but they’re one of the hardest things to cook—or to cook right, anyway. I know it sounds hard to believe, but they’re ridiculously easy to screw up.

Don’t Miss: How to Make a Perfect Omelet

Think about the last hard-boiled egg you had. Chances are it wasn’t perfect. Maybe it had a rubbery texture. Maybe the yolk was a little green around the edges or the egg white was filled with pockmarks from the shell sticking to the surface of the white when it was peeled. Maybe it broke open while it was cooking. Maybe it smelled like sulfur. You probably ate it anyway—it’s not the end of the world—but a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg is a...

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March 23, 2016 - 11:03am

One of the first foods that signals the start of spring is the appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Just as spring is a time of new beginnings, asparagus is one of those veggies that I love to experiment with during this time of year.

Recipes to Try: Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Breadcrumbs and More Recipes with Fresh Asparagus

And not only is asparagus delicious—it's also packed with health benefits:

1. It’s loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the...

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