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Cold Winter, Hot Beans

Cuban Red Beans and Rice

One of the best things most of us can do for our bodies is to swap out some of our habitual meat for fat-free, high-fiber, nutrient-dense beans. Cooked up with vegetables, some lighter chicken sausage for flavor, and served atop brown rice cooked from scratch, this three-star meal is the perfect warm and filling meal for a cold January.

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6 Weight Loss “Tricks” & Tools

Lentil Salad

Happy New Year! The t.v., magazines and social media would have you believe it’s that time of year when you return to the “burden” of maintaining an ideal body weight. All we’re seeing folks talk about, it seems, are the tricks, gimmicks and latest “must have” tools for successful weight loss. The truth is that weight loss is not tricky at all, but rather about commitment and finding the right personal path. 

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New Year, New You?

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According to surveys, 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and roughly 21% of those involve eating more healthfully and losing weight, while working out more often is a resolution of about 5% of people. Clearly, improving oneself is a goal—and not inherently a bad thing. In fact, those who set goals are more likely to achieve them—even if it takes multiple attempts. I have no problem with goal setting; it’s a great tool. I do, however, have a problem with the magazine cover line “new year, new you.”

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Responsible Holiday Drinking

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Whether you’re the designated driver or trying to be kind to your body, there are a range of reasons for avoiding the alcoholic options at the holiday parties this year. Don’t feel like this means you can’t drink anything but sparkling water, though! With these fruit-first recipes, you can enjoy a sweet beverage and give your body a little nutrition at the same time.

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