TIP OF THE DAY: Low Calorie Halloween Food (Creepy Crudités!)

Counting calories? Avoiding sugar? Don’t like sweets? Want a healthy alternative to traditional Halloween fare?   Turn raw veggies—crudités to foodies—into a creative Halloween platter designed in the shape of Frankenstein, a jack o’lantern, owl, skeleton, scary cat, spider or witch. Believe us, these will enchant the adults as well as the kids. If you…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Low Calorie & No Calorie Gifts

Top: The Keurig 2.0 H200, which makes single cups as well as carafes. Bottom: Rick’s Picks: Great flavor, few calories.   As you eye the sea of Valentine chocolates, what can you get for loved ones who can’t have (or don’t care for) chocolate? Some people don’t want the calories, others can’t have the caffeine…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Diet Baked Apples

Diet baked apples: Make them in the oven or microwave, eat them warm or chilled. Photo © J. Volodina | IST.   When you’re trying to cut back, dessert is the trickiest course to navigate. Personally, we avoid all “reduced calorie” versions of fattening desserts. It’s better to have a small piece of the good…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Strawberry Wreath

No matter how many pies, cakes and cookie platters were served at Christmas dinner, our mom always put out one more dessert: fresh fruit salad. It always had takers, from calorie counters to healthy eaters to people avoiding lactose, gluten, refined sugar, whatever, to people who were too full to eat something rich. But as…
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