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Substitute the oil in baked goods for applesauce to lighten up your favorite treats.

- The Hot Plate

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Food For A Heart Healthy Diet

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), various forms of heart disease affect approximately seventy million Americans. Any heart-healthy diet should include fish, which contains omega-3 fatty acids that may lower your risk for heart disease. Healthy fish include salmon, tuna, and mackerel. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Try to eat foods that are rich in soluble fiber. Such foods include oats, kidney beans, peas, apples, oranges, and carrots.

- Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and founder of Authentic Self Wellness, Margaux J. Rathbun

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Adrien Brody Eats Smart Outside Chateau Marmont

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Mmm, yummy apples!

Adrien Brody is clearly a fan of the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!"

Right after dinner, most people may crave a little bit of sugar. But trust us, the best way to go is by satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit!

You're still consuming sugar, but you're also replenishing yourself with tons of needed nutrients!

Did you know? The skin of an apple actually contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh. So don't skip it!

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An Apple A Day Reduces Risk Of Stroke

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An apple a day does more than keep the dentist away. It reduces the risk of stroke by 9% for every 25 grams eaten per day!

Research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association showed those who ate more white-fleshed fruit and vegetables were less likely to suffer a stroke over 10 years.

In fact, the risk of stroke decreased by 9% for every 25 grams of white-fleshed fruit (that means pears too!) eaten per day. By this logic, since the average size of an apple or pear is 100 to 125 grams each, eating one a day decreases your risk of stroke up to 45%!

White-fleshed fruit specifically contains large amounts of a plant compound called quercetin which is known to reduce the inflammation that is linked to hardening arteries and cardiovascular disease.

Linda Oude Griep, the lead author of the study, believes that while eating white-fleshed fruit is an easy way to prevent stroke, it's important to consume all types of fruits and veggies, explaining:

"To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables. For example, eating one apple a day is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake. However, other fruits and vegetable color groups may protect against other chronic diseases. Therefore, it remains of importance to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables."

In other studies, apples have been found to assist weight loss because of their high dietary fiber! All the more reason to start giving Granny Smith more business.

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Five Foods That Help Keep You Thin!

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The key to losing weight is eating right. For some people, that means adhering to a strict diet for a period of time, but for smarter people, it means eating healthier food…for life!

Check out these five foods that will help you lose weight and keep it off! The best part? They all taste great!

Apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which not only contributes to a healthy digestive system and reduced cholesterol, but also keeps you satisfied. A study once found that women eating 3 apples a day lost more weight then women eating 3 oat cookies, even though both foods contain the exact same amount of dietary fiber!

An ounce of almonds contains only 167 calories with roughly 6 g of protein and 3 g of fiber, which are both nutrients that can make you feel full. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found women who snacked on nuts at least two times a week were more successful at keeping weight off than those who didn't.

Salmon is known to keep you full because of its healthy fat and high protein, but a 3 oz. serving only has 175 calories! The International Journal of Obesity found that when people trying to lose weight included salmon in their diet a few times a week, they lost about TWO more pounds than those who didn't include seafood in their meals.

Eating eggs at breakfast can help fight hunger and, therefore, weight gain all day! The International Journal of Obesity found dieters consuming two eggs for breakfast five days a week, they lost 65% more weight then those dieters eating a bagel instead.

If you like tomatoes, you're already ahead of the game because they are low in calories and high in fiber, which in case you haven't picked up on it yet, is one of the key nutrients that will keep you from becoming hungry. One cup of cooked, red tomatoes contains just 43 calories, so eat up!

So apples, almonds, salmon, eggs, and tomatoes? We love all five! Forget "dieting" and just stick to regular healthy eating!

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