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: Snacks & Apps

These aren't your standard "light snack" recipes. We've radically transformed your favorites to cut the calories and fat while still maintaining the rich flavors you love.

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Deviled Eggs

Lighter American Snacks and Appetizers

Snacks and appetizers can be your best friends or worst enemies. The key is choosing foods that satisfy without unwanted calories.

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Tillamook Cheddar

America's Favorite Regional Cheeses

The goes-with-everything snack, America loves its cheese.

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Old Fashioned

Regional Favorites: Classic Cocktails

Have a really happy hour at home with these low-cal boozy beverages. 

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Perfect Guacamole

6 Pointers for Great Guacamole

These six simple tips will make your guac rock.

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