Healthy Choices

While many of our favorite dishes are delicious, they may also have a lot of fat and calories. There is more to healthy eating than what you eat. Making the right decisions about how you eat can make a huge difference in a healthy diet.

For tips on how to eat healthy, both at home and at fast food restaurants, you'll find what you are looking for in this section. There are also recipes for low fat dishes healthy breakfasts. You may find that you can have your cake and eat it too.

Tips, Tricks, and Answers

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   Avoiding Cross Contamination
While it may seem like a fairly simple prospect, avoiding cross contamination is really anything but. At least that is the case if you have happened to look at the news recently. Cross contamination is one of the leading causes for food poisoning and meal time illnesses. Learning how to avoid cross contamination is something that any budding home chef should make a high priority.

   Choosing a Farmers' Market
Going to the local Farmer's Market can be a fun experience. Choosing the right market for you might be a bit confusing. Here are some guidelines to help make that decision easier.

   Cooking Light
We all want to cook healthy, but sometimes we're not sure how to do that. Really cooking light isn't that hard; you just need the right ingredients on hand when you cook.

   Creating a Well-balanced Meal
Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to eat the foods we need to stay healthy. Eating a balanced diet isn't so difficult, however, if you remember a few tips.

   Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it jumpstarts your metabolism and gives you the energy you'll need to get you through your day. Because it's such an important meal, it's important to be putting good fuel into your body, so eating a healthy breakfast is top priority.

   Healthy Diets
We are always hearing about how we need to have a more healthy diet. What exactly are healthy diets? There are so many different kinds of diets out there now that most people don't even know which ones they should try. Here are some guidelines that will help you decide which diet is best for you, and what you can do to create your own healthy diet.

   Healthy Eating Diets
Many of us try to eat better, but give up when dieting gets too rough. Instead of following a strict diet, make some changes that will help you transition from unhealthy eating to better choices.

   Healthy Eating Plans
It can be tough to start eating foods that are better for you. To make the transition easier, come up with a plan that will get you into the swing of eating healthy.

   Healthy Fast Food
Eating out can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to dieting. However, by remembering and putting into action a few simple tips when eating at fast food restaurants, you can have your cake and eat it too.

   Healthy Snacks
In today's fast-paced world, it is extremely easy to end up eating things that are neither healthy nor wise for you. According to many recent scientific studies, periodically snacking throughout the day can actually help you to lose weight—if done properly. Here are some great healthy snacks that you can use to help you control your hunger and provide energy throughout your busy on-the-go day.

   How to Eat Healthy
Eating healthy can be rough. Use these 5 tips to help you jump start your diet and begin a healthier life. It'll increase your energy and help you shave off a few of those extra pounds.

   Is Bread Mold Harmful?
It is unfortunate to find a few spots of mold on an otherwise fine-looking loaf of bread, but you shouldn't necessarily scrape the mold off and eat the bread anyway. Mold can be harmful and could make you sick if you aren't careful.

   Is Processed Food Really Bad?
Not all processed food is bad for you, but how do you know which is good and which processed foods are bad? Find out what type of processed food to avoid and which ones really are good for you.

   Low Fat Desserts
Let's face it. Even when we're watching our weight and trying to eat healthy, there are times that we want a dessert. After all, a diet will fail if we consistently deny ourselves a treat every now and then. It's when we feel deprived that we give up on our diets. Yet, there are fat-free and low fat dessert options available. And there are even some low fat desserts that taste better than full-fat desserts.

   Low Fat Salads
To make a low fat salad more interesting, use a different low fat dressing each time you eat a salad. There are thousands of low fat dressing recipes available online, or you can visit your local library or ask friends and relatives if they have a favorite low fat salad dressing recipe. If you make your salads interesting and tasty, you'll be more apt to eat healthier.

   Making Your Own Trail Mix
Are you tired of the regular snacks that you can get out of the vending machine? If so then you should consider making your own trail mix. Not only is it spectacularly easy to do, trail mix is much healthier for you than anything you can get from that vending machine.

   Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol
Speak with your health practitioner about ways to lower your cholesterol naturally and then choose to eat a low-fat diet. Include lean meats such as turkey or chicken, rather than red meats Supplement your diet with fiber and grains. Learn to read food labels to make wiser choices to help lower your cholesterol naturally.

   Reducing Fat in Your Foods
We're all worried about fat. There are simple ways to reduce the amount you eat. Just a few tips will help you keep your fat intake under control.

   Reducing Your Sodium Intake
Whether you have just been told that you or your loved one needs to reduce their sodium intake or you just want to be healthier by reducing your sodium intake it can come as a surprise. You can reduce your sodium intake by following these guidelines and tips. Soon you will be on your way to a healthier you.

   Summer Food Safety
Enjoying our food in the great outdoors during the summer is fun, but getting sick from bad food isn't. Never fear though, it really is easy to keep our summer food safe. All you need to do is just follow the guidelines and ideas here.

   Vegetarian Substitutes for Meat
Not everyone eats meat and so when you cook you need to be aware of meat substitutes for those vegetarians (or if you're a vegetarian yourself, you might want to find something that can substitute for meat). There are substitutes for meat and they aren't so hard to come by—you just need to know what they are!

   Ways to Reduce Carbs in Recipes
Carb-counting is the trend in today's world and so you may want to be able to cook low carb. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

   What is High-Fructose Corn Syrup?
Over the years there has been a lot of debate over an ingredient that is found in many candies, breakfast cereals, drinks, and other items. That ingredient is known as high-fructose corn syrup. What is high-fructose corn syrup? What are its effects really? Here is a little bit of information that may just answer those questions.