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Lose Weight Without Sacrificing Flavor

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Fit woman eating appleWhen you are trying to lose weight, every calorie counts. Just because you’re cutting calories doesn’t mean you have to cut good taste! The truth of the matter is that dieting does not mean you must abandon food or flavor but rather you must discover new foods and flavors! If weight loss is your New Year’s goal, don’t get depressed thinking that everything needs to be bland and boring. Here are some new flavors and simple tips on how to keep your taste buds happy while shrinking your waistline at the same time.

Check out my latest TV segment on The Daily Buzz with tips on keeping the flavor while losing the pounds.

Drink milkshakes

My on-the-go choice for a delicious creamy shake is the newest line of Slim-Fast shakes.  They are rich, creamy, and come in 5 tasty flavors. The 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber provide you with 4 hours of hunger control--along with 24 essential vitamins and minerals. Losing weight definitely does not mean sacrificing taste.  You can drink them as is, or put it into a blender with a frozen banana for an ice cold smoothie.

Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies

Salad is an easy way to get veggies--and fruit if you get creative.  DOLE is making it easy for you with 38 packaged salad kits and all natural blends.  You can use the blends as a base like with this Tossed Chicken Citrus Delight using the DOLE Tender Garden blend.  Think beyond a lettuce salad like with this Orzo with Spinach and Blue Cheese using the DOLE All Natural Spinach Cherry Almond Bleu Salad kit.

Go bananas

Bananas are America’s most popular fruit, and the resistant starch and fiber in a banana actually can help with weight loss, too. Eating 2 bananas every morning has been shown to accelerate weight loss. A medium banana has 105 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Dole has 366 unique ways to Go Bananas on facebook and twitter this year.  Use bananas in smoothies, salads, desserts, sauces, baked goods--many possibilities!

By following some of these simple ways to reduce calories in your diet, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods without having to sacrifice the taste and accomplish your goal of weight loss during the 2012 year!

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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