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  • No Syrup Needed: Turn Apples into Pancakes

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    For an adorable autumnal twist on the usual pancake recipe, whip up these delicious apple ring pancakes. Slice fresh apples - any variety will work - and dip them in oatmeal pancake batter. We're talking more fruit, more fiber, and fewer calories.

    They cook just like regular pancakes and the apples soften slightly, so when you take your first bite, the apple is slightly crisp, but oh so warm and juicy. There's the perfect amount of sweetness - no need for calorie-crazy maple syrup. These were topped with golden raisins and sliced almonds, but you can use any kind of fresh fruit, chopped nut, applesauce, or a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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    Adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

    Apple Ring Oatmeal Pancakes


    3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    1/4 cup rolled oats
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon

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  • Simple Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Save Hundreds of Calories

    Source: Simple Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Save Hundreds of Calories

    First things first: we aren't suggesting you diet on Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourself and the rewards of a meal that takes hours to prepare. But when you consider how easy it is eat your way well over the 2,000-calorie mark on dinner alone, it doesn't hurt to make a few small changes in your cooking. And we're not talking changes that involve dry, skinless turkey breast or a dessert the size of a thimble. These six changes will shave hundreds of calories off your Thanksgiving meal without skimping on taste.

    1. Be One With Brine No need for a fat-laden butter rub to impart flavor and moistness! Instead opt to brine or smoke your bird. If you're short on time, try this easy herb-roasted solution that uses heart-healthy olive oil.

    2. Choose Spuds Wisely Forget russets! Make your mashers with yukon gold and yellow finn potatoes instead. These smaller varieties are naturally creamy and sweet, and their skins taste

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  • Enjoy the Holidays, Still Lose Weight: 3 Tactics that Work

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    You don't have to resign yourself to gaining weight over the holidays - and you don't have to feel deprived either! If you implement one of these weight-loss tips over the next few months, you'll be able to keep up a healthy weight without any unnecessary struggle.

    Eat Carbs in the A.M. Many people ask The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper if they should be cutting carbs entirely when trying to lose weight. You'll be glad to know that he completely disagrees, since "your body needs carbs for fuel." His advice? Front-load your carbohydrates: the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) of the day should be breakfast, and the rest of your meals should be "trending smaller as the day goes on." The hope is when you eat carbs earlier in the day, "you'll know you'll have time to burn them off" with exercise later on.

    Vegan Before Dinner When you cut out dairy and meat from the majority of your meals, you're naturally

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  • Skip These Energy-Zapping Foods

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    Food is fuel, and what you eat affects how your body runs. As the seasons change, it can cause you to feel a bit sluggish. If you don't want to putter along through Autumn, check out these foods that zap your energy so you can avoid them.

    • Sugary Breakfast: Refined carbs such as sugar and white flour may give you an energy spike, but they will dropkick you into doze mode quickly. Sudden jumps in blood sugar shut down the production of brain chemicals that help keep you alert. Skip the doughnuts, and opt for a healthy breakfast that contains protein.
    • Energy Drinks: Energy drinks work in the short term with a boost of sugar and caffeine, but ultimately your blood sugar levels will drop lower than before, leaving you drained. Since being slightly dehydrated can make you sluggish, reach for water to quench your thirst.

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    • Fatty Foods: Simply put, fatty
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  • Eat Vegan Before Dinner: Why it Works for Weight Loss

    Source: Eat Vegan Before Dinner: Why It Works For Weight Loss

    A strict vegan diet may be out of the question, but what if you were just vegan until dinner? After New York Times food writer Mark Bittman ended up at the doctor with a pre-diabetes, he did just that. In order to shed some unhealthy pounds and restore his health, he adopted his Flexitarian diet, outlined in his bestseller VB6 ($26).

    Mark eats balanced, vegan meals with tons of veggies, fruits, and grains for breakfast and lunch, and only after 6 p.m. does he eat the foods he "simply couldn't give up forever." Instead of feeling deprived or restricted, he has the opportunity to eat his favorite recipes that contain meat, dairy, or eggs - in moderation, of course! Once Mark committed to the Flexitarian plan, his unwanted weight came off quickly, and he was no longer at risk for diabetes.

    When you cut out dairy and meat from the majority of your meals, you're naturally reducing the calorie and fat counts without having

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  • Crock-Pot Success: Protein-Rich Mexican Chicken

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    For a healthy, protein-rich meal that doesn't rely on dairy for flavor, try this delicious Mexican-style chicken recipe full of fresh ingredients. This preparation results in an absolutely delicious, fall-off-the-bone piece of meat. Make sure to leave 15 minutes for the first two steps, then pour everything into your slow cooker, and let it do its magic. Serve this recipe over a bed of purple cabbage, black beans, or brown rice for a balanced meal under 500 calories.

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    From 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson

    Mexican-Style Chicken


    Either cook for three hours on your slow cooker's high setting or six hours on low.


    1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
    2 teaspoons cumin seeds
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    2 red onions, thinly sliced
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 teaspoon

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  • These Workout Mistakes Can Prevent Weight Loss

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    If you're trying to lose weight, burning calories through exercise is key. But if you're not burning enough, then you won't see the scale budge. If this sounds familiar, keep reading to learn what you might be doing wrong when it comes to burning calories.

    • Skipped Oatmeal: Many women skip out on breakfast before their morning workout to either save calories or to prevent digestive upset. It's one of the worst things you can do because eating first thing not only boosts your metabolism, it also gives you energy to get through your solid calorie-burning workout. Without the proper fuel, you'll end up with a headache, dizzy spell, and are more likely to not push yourself as hard or to throw in the towel before your workout is complete. Since devouring an enormous plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, and hash browns is also a bad idea, fuel your workout with something small that contains easily digestible carbs and
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  • Do These the Night Before to Ensure Morning Workouts Happen

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    Time change putting a damper on your evening workouts? If the darkness is only good at motivating you home to your cozy couch, you'll want to think about switching your workouts to the brighter mornings. Here are some ways to prep for morning workouts the night before.

    • Skip the morning scavenger hunt: Don't give up on the morning run because you can't find your sock or sneaker or sports bra. Prepping the night before only takes a few minutes, and helps avoid wasted time frantically searching for the essentials. Do a load of laundry if you need to, and then lay out your outfit so when you wake up, you can slip it on and go.
    • Gear up: Also get any gear you need ready. Charge your iPod, put your yoga mat or iPhone armband by the door, put your fave fitness video in the DVD player, and lay your dumbbells next to the TV.

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  • Why Heavier Weights Will Make You Smaller, Not Bulkier

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    First things first: lifting heavier weights will not turn you into the Incredible Hulk. In fact, lifting a heavier set of dumbbells can actually lead to a smaller, stronger you. Sound like just what you're after? Here are two important reasons to ditch the two-pounders and grab heavier weights.

    • You'll lose weight faster: Who doesn't want to drop pounds the most efficient way possible? Healthy chef and trainer Katy Clark recommends this test: "Whatever weight you're bearing - if you're doing five pounds, if you're doing 10 pounds - if you're not tired by [rep] number 10, then you need to go a little bit heavier. If you are consistently doing that, you're going to see changes in your strength and in your muscle mass." More muscle mass equals more metabolism, so maximize your body's fat-burning potential by challenging your muscles with heavier weights.
    • You can reshape your body: Cardio may help you shed excess
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  • 5 Late-Night Snacking Mistakes Wrecking Your Diet

    Source: 5 Late-Night Snacking Mistakes Wrecking Your Diet

    After a jam-packed day of eating right, staying active, and other healthy choices, the last thing you want to do is undo all your hard work just minutes before bedtime. Make sure you stay on the right track by avoiding these late-night eating mistakes.

    Mistake #1: Going to Sleep Too Full Going to sleep on a full stomach can cause discomfort and disrupted sleep, which can wreak havoc on your waistline by causing you to hold on to belly fat and eat more. Make sure you eat dinner at least a few hours before bedtime; if you need a snack later on, keep it under 200 calories.

    Mistake #2: Eating the Wrong Thing It's not just when you eat, but what. Eating the wrong foods late at night can also leave you wishing you could just drift off to slumber. Avoid greasy, high-fat, heavy-protein foods if you want to catch more weight-regulating Z's; a small amount of lean protein and a little carb should be your go-to option. Find out

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