Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Lighten Up, America: Breakfast

Whether you're grabbing breakfast on the go or sitting down to a relaxing brunch, these classic dishes deliver classic American flavor without the calorie regret later in the day.

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All-American Granola

Lighter American Breakfasts

Here are dishes that fit any morning routine, whether you're in need of a quick weekday smoothie or a more decadent weekend brunch. But each is made just a little bit healthier, and that feels just right.


Eggs Benedict

America's Favorite Regional Egg Dishes

Each region of the country has their own favorite ways of crackin' the incredible edible.


Blueberry Soy Smoothie

Regional Favorites: Slurp-Worthy Smoothies

Get your fruits and veggies on the go with these smoothie favorites from across the country.

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