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Eating healthy can be confusing business. Good thing our Food.com community is armed and ready with helpful, simple tips for getting your diet on track.

Part of: Healthy Your Way: Healthy Tips

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Tip #1: Trick Your Taste Buds

"I find that it can be difficult to drink the recommended amount of water each day, so I like to flavor mine with sliced citrus, cucumbers, berries, mint or basil." -Natalie, blogger, Wee-Eats.com

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Tip #2: Avoid the Potato Peeler

"I keep the skin on potatoes when I cook them. More than half of a potato's fiber is found in its skin, along with vitamins and nutrients." -Emily, blogger, ThePigandQuill.com

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Tip #3: Make Those Calories Count

"You would be surprised how quickly the empty calories in condiments can add up. I prefer to use them sparingly." -Caileen Opal Jones, via Facebook

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Tip #4: Swap Ingredients Smartly

"To reduce fat in a recipe, I like to substitute plain nonfat yogurt for mayonnaise or sour cream." -Melanie, blogger, MelanieMakes.com

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Tip #5: Beware of the Word "Diet"

"Just thinking of being on a diet makes me hungry. I more or less try to eat as normal but scale back the portions." -Zurie, Food.com home cook

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Tip #6: Make Healthy Snacks Accessible

"I keep bowls of freshly washed blueberries and red grapes on the kitchen counter for easy snacking." -Mariel, blogger, FeastontheCheap.net

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Tip #7: Scale Back on the Oil

"I switch out oil for applesauce in baking recipes. Even better: I make my own applesauce in the slow cooker." -Jennifer Pelli Harrison, via Facebook

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Tip #8: Power Up at Breakfast

"I power my day with a healthy breakfast smoothie made of low-fat milk, frozen berries, cranberry juice and a scoop of protein powder." -Sharon Chen, blogger, GourmetPersuasian.com

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Tip #9: Skip the Office Vending Machine

"I take healthy snacks with me to work. My favorites are carrot sticks dipped in peanut butter and low-sugar granola bars." -Dianne, blogger, DeliciousasitLooks.com

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Tip #10: Make the Oven Your Best Friend

"Instead of deep-frying something, I prefer to seek out a baking alternative and avoid the oil overload." -Dana, blogger, DanasFoodblog.com

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Tip #11: Use More Avocado

"For a healthier fat, I love to switch out mayonnaise for mashed avocado in sandwiches." -Carrian, blogger, ohsweetbasil.com

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Tip #12: Seek Out Smart Fats

"I prefer to pass on the potato chips and snack on a variety of nuts to reap the benefits of healthier fats." -Joy, blogger, JoysLife.com

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Tip #13: Prioritize Your Plate

"I eat all the veggies and meat on my plate before consuming the carbs." -Holly Hall, via Facebook

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