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Guest bloggers from around the world share with Food & Nutrition Magazine.

Is Your New Year's Resolution a S.M.A.R.T. One?

If you've been thinking about starting a New Year's resolution, make sure it's a S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) one!

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Dinner Party Ready Dark Chocolate and Pistachio-Covered Apricots

This recipe is a wonderful, guilt-free treat, perfect for any time of year. I've made them in the summer for a collage graduation party and in the winter to give as Christmas gifts. They'd also look really nice alongside a cheese plate and wine for a New Year's Eve party!

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5 Tips for a Guilt-Free New Year's Eve Party

We're halfway through the holidays — also known as "diet sabotage season" — and there's one major hurdle left: the New Year's Eve party!

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Break the Breakfast Doldrums with a Southwest Breakfast Skillet

Smoothie … oatmeal … smoothie … oatmeal. Has your breakfast routine become repetitive and unimaginative? Shake things up with this delicious and satisfying dish with great macronutrient content inspired by the Southwest.

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Winter Squash and Kale Chicken Pot Pie

I replaced the typical root vegetables with butternut squash and kale. I love how the butternut squash adds a flavorful sweet and nutty taste, while the kale gives it a rustic touch. Cut the preparation time by using frozen cubed butternut squash and a rotisserie chicken.

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Tex-Mex-Inspired Plantain Tortillas

Made from a handful of basic ingredients, these unconventional tortillas are surprisingly simple, with flavor and good looks that speak for themselves.

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4 Reasons You Aren't Consuming Enough Seafood — and How to Eat More

Seafood has a lot going for it: omega-3s, vitamin D, selenium and choline. Yet, the average American eats less than half of the recommended amount. Why is that, and what do you need to know to strive for more seafood in your diet?

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Farro Stars in Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Slices

Farro is a favorite in my household. And, most of the time I have leftover farro or lentils lying around, waiting to be eaten — or turned into these upgraded stuffed peppers.

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How to Help Someone Struggling with Anxiety around Food

For those who struggle with eating disorders and disordered eating, the intention to enjoy food and be present can give way to anxiety.

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How-to Properly Reheat Leftovers

Even though that leftover pasta or chicken tastes amazing the next day, it can be a source of food poisoning. Leftovers can be enjoyed safely, as long as we store and reheat them properly.

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Brighten Your Winter with a Kiwifruit Green Smoothie

As we settle in for winter, that's no reason to give up on fresh fruit because the sweet taste of kiwifruit is available all year round!

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Smoked Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Cashew Cream

We've all seen roasted Brussels sprouts before, but adding a touch of smoked sea salt brings out their incredible earthy taste in an unexpected way.

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Vegan Creamy "Mac and Cheese"

This Vegan Creamy "Mac and Cheese" dish is incredibly easy to make with just few ingredients (and just as few steps!). Even though these noodles are vegan-friendly, I promise it'll be just as creamy and delicious as any other baked noodle dish you’ve had before.

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The Perfect Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Stew

In the busy days of the holiday season, who wants to think about what's for dinner? This Mexican Pork Stew is designed to be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer until you are ready for it.

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Sweet! Celebrate Maple Syrup with Maple-Roasted Pecan Butter

No matter the form, I love the woodsy, caramel-like flavor of maple syrup. I use it to sweeten my Maple-Roasted Pecan Butter, which makes for an easy homemade food gift.

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5 Tips for Cooking When You're an Empty Nester

For those used to feeding a family and answering the question, "What's for dinner?" every night, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking often seem like too much effort for just one or two people.

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Make Your Own Trail Mix

Packed with dried fruit, nuts and whole grains, trail mix is a filling snack that is good for you, too. Enjoy this recipe for make your own trail mix.

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The Vegan Lentil Loaf Even Omnivores Will Like

A dozen years after my first vegetarian Thanksgiving, I’ve revamped the sad lentil loaf into something that everyone — even friends who also eat animal products — can look forward to.

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5 Reasons Fitness Trackers Are an Exciting Trend

At 5,000 steps for the day? Time to climb the stairs! Wearing a fitness tracking device can be a fun way to create community and accountability through friendly competition with friends and family.

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Spicy Lentil Soup for Cold Evenings

Cumin, turmeric and black pepper not only give this soup a wonderful aroma and mesmerizing, spicy flavor but are also functional foods. I like to enjoy this warming soup on crisp winter evenings.

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If You Haven't Tried Savory Oatmeal, You're in a for a Treat

If you've only ever flavored your oatmeal with sweet accompaniments such as cinnamon, brown sugar and fruit, you're missing out! It's time to try the delicious change of pace of savory oatmeal.

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5 Resources for RDNs Taking the CNSC Exam

If you are a registered dietitian nutritionist who practices in a clinical setting and are interested in furthering your knowledge and career, I highly suggest tackling the CNSC exam. It promotes knowledge for clinicians practicing nutrition support.

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Ginger Coconut Poached Pears with Maple Glazed Walnuts

This dessert is fancy enough for a swanky dinner party, yet easy and casual enough to make for a movie night at home.

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4 Facts to Know about Peruvian Maca Powder

A friend of mine asked, "Is it good to take maca? The vendor at the healthy food store said it has a lot of benefits." Even though maca comes from Peru and I practice in South America, I told her the truth: "I don't know!" Then, I started to look for evidence about it.

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An African Experiment in Urban Farming

What do you do if you have a passion for agriculture and a degree in horticulture, but have no land of your own and live in a country in which the majority of people your age are underemployed? Build and urban farm from the ground up!

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Gluten-Free Raspberry-Chocolate-Swirl Banana Bread

I love the subtle crunch of raspberry seeds in the thick of this banana bread's soft crumb and the sunny tang of the fruit cutting through dark bittersweet chocolate.

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Layered Zucchini Lasagna

Replacing the noodles with zucchini makes this meal a great match for those with gluten restrictions or who want to watch their carb intake. Besides being mouthwatering, this lasagna makes for the perfect packed lunch, and can be made with just five ingredients!

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6 Strategies to Avoid Holiday Party Diet Disaster

With the season of nonstop holiday parties officially underway, you need a plan to stay on track! Use these six tips to stay committed to healthy eating and avoid holiday weight gain.

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Sweet Potato Latkes with Leeks and Sage

Traditional latkes take a sweeter turn in this version made with sweet potatoes, leeks, sage and allspice.

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How Kitchen Independence Can Help People with Physical Disabilities

Though cooking is one of the more challenging skills that people with physical disabilities will encounter when they working towards independence, the result is huge.

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Trimmed-down Sweet Noodle Kugel

When I started making this Jewish holiday favorite for my own family, I tweaked the recipe to bring down the calories, saturated fat and added sugars, without sacrificing the sweetness and creaminess.

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Teaching Kids Food Safety during the Holidays

From choosing recipes and going shopping to preparing the food, my kids are involved every step of the way. But during this process, I’m always stressing the importance of food safety.

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If the Health Department Inspected Your Kitchen

I work in food service as the cafe manager and dietitian for a brand new corporate cafe, and we recently underwent our first health inspection. It was one of the most stressful moments I've experienced in a while even though we passed with flying colors.

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