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Clean eating 101: 5 healthy dinner and dessert recipes to try

You've likely heard the term clean eating, but you might not be sure exactly what it means — or how to put it into practice. Although there are lots of different takes on what it means to eat clean, most proponents agree that it includes eating plenty of fresh produce and a minimal amount of processed ingredients and added sugar.

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Hoda and Jenna learn what it means to 'eat clean,' and get some smart food swaps

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The good news is that “clean” foods can be easy to make. It’s just real food, simply prepared. When you make it yourself, you are in control of all of the ingredients, and you can “clean up” many of your own favorite recipes. For example, you can reduce the added sugar by about a third in most baked goods without have a big impact on taste and flavor. The same goes for fat.

Want to give clean eating a try? Try these revamped recipes, including vegetable soup, pasta sauce and chocolate chip cookies, and you'll see that clean eating can be quite easy — and delicious!

Healthy Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Soup
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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
chocolate chip cookies
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Healthy Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce
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Healthy Homemade Apple Sauce
Homemade applesauce recipe
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Sugar-Free Whipped Cream
Maple cream pie is a great holiday alternative to pumpkin pie
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Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD is NBC News Health and Nutrition Editor. Follow her on Twitter @drfernstrom.

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