How We Choose Our Recipes

To help you understand how we pick recipes to feature, we wanted to share the guidelines we follow, which are based on standards from a variety of trusted sources.

Not all recipes out there come with those handy nutritional charts (and believe us, we wish we could slap them on there for you).

To help you understand how we pick recipes to feature, we wanted to share the guidelines we follow, which are based on standards from a variety of trusted sources. Our culinary and nutrition experts vet the ingredients line by and line and do their own nutritional tallies based on serving sizes. In cases where substitutions can be made to make it healthier, we share those tips, too.

Here are the guidelines all Healthy Eats-approved recipe must meet:

1) Entrée: Maximum of 400 calories, 15 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat

2) Appetizers / Sides / Snacks: Maximum of 250 calories, 10 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat

3) Soups / Side Salads: Maximum of 250 calories, 10 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat

4) Beverages: Maximum of 200 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat

5) Desserts: Maximum of 250 calories, 10 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat

6) Muffins / Breads: Maximum of 250 calories, 10 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat

Of course, we allow for a little "wiggle room" (no more than 10 percent above the guidelines). And we always go for dishes that have the freshest and most wholesome ingredients and avoid those pre-packaged, sodium-heavy, sugar-laden and "diet" items as much as possible.

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