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Healthy Dinners: Low Fat, Big Flavor

Although healthy cooking has come a long way, there’s still a nagging perception that if something is low-fat and nutritious, it’s not going to taste good. Not true! Healthy cooking isn’t about adding sprouts and tofu to everything under the sun—it’s about making delicious, healthy dishes out of the foods and flavors you love. Think pasta carbonara, Asian fried rice, and Caesar salad.

 

How do you do that? Emphasize whole foods (that means stay away from boxes, mixes, and processed foods whenever possible). Enhance flavors with heart-healthy oils (olive oil is always a good choice) and fresh herbs, avoiding saturated fats (yes, like butter) whenever possible.

 

Add fiber if you can. No, that doesn’t mean a tablespoon of wheat germ. Beans, whole grains like quinoa and barley, and many vegetables are packed with fiber.

 

Finally, don’t forget to use what’s available in the supermarket! There are lots of low- and non-fat options out there these days, so you can make your favorite recipes with fewer calories and less fat.

 

Eating healthfully shouldn’t feel like a chore. There are thousands of healthy dishes out there just waiting to be invited to your family’s table.  You’ll be surprised how well they’ll be received.

 

 

Healthy CarbonaraHere’s to your healthy family in the new year. Check out more healthy-dinner recipe ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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