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

by Madelyn Fernstrom / / Source: TODAY

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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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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 Tomato Sauce

Healthy Tomato Sauce

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Healthy Homemade Apple Sauce
Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

Sugar-Free Whipped Cream

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Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD is NBC News Health and Nutrition Editor. Follow her on Twitter @drfernstrom.

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