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Big Flavor, Little Fat

How is that new year's resolution holding up? Are you eating healthier and exercising more? If you're like the staff at GourmetSpot, you're having some difficulty passing on the cocktail before dinner and the tiramisu for dessert. For our own benefit and yours, we've pulled together some outstanding sites that illustrate how to adopt a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing food or flavor.

Need motivation? To find out how many calories were in the lunch you just ate, head over to Home Arts' Kitchen Counter at The Body Beautiful. After you calculate the damage, you can explore a dieter's guide to eating out and tips on making low-fat foods. If you just came from Wendy's or Burger King, a stop at the Food Finder will provide nutritional information on more than 1,000 fast-food items. Brace yourself. A Double Whopper with Cheese weighs in at 63 grams of fat.

To get in a healthful mood, wander over to Phys, a smart e-zine from CondeNet about nutrition and fitness. This site makes it look very hip to be fit. Take in the great graphics, put yourself through a nutritional self analysis and take a few phys quizzes while you're there. Prevention's Recipes and Nutrition section offers recipes, cooking tips and a calorie counter.




So it's not necessarily how much you're eating, but what you're eating. What foods are safe? Campbell's Creative Kitchen is full of low-fat recipes made with, you got it, soup. And shaving off fat grams doesn't mean you have to shave off flavor. Take inspiration from a CNN article on Slim Soul Food or dive into flavorful vegetarian recipes from the Fat Free Recipe Collection or the LEO Fat Free Archive.

Have a hankering for a sinful favorite? Submit your favorite recipe for a low-fat makeover at HomeArts Making It Healthy. Learn how to substitute low-fat ingredients like nonfat yogurt for fattier alternatives like sour cream. You'll find more substitution tips at the Cook's Thesaurus and Epicurious' 1,001 Tips for Great Cooks. Cooking Light Magazine, as its name suggests, is also dedicated to lightening up the classics.

Most importantly, have fun and don't obsess. Small changes in everyday habits can make a big difference. For a fun read, check out Dave Barry's article "America Has Become Obsessed With Consuming Low-Fat Foods." It will help you keep things in perspective!




 
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