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5 Common diet pitfalls & recipes that save the day

Kendra Y. Mims is a freelance writer and online content editor in the Chicagoland area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in journalism. Her passions include writing, reading, and traveling.

Smart diet Food strategies

Sneaky weight gain, hair loss, just plain feeling crummy –- all common diet side effects everyone whose ever vowed to fit into too-tight jeans know all too well. Avoid these diet killers and kiss that extra junk in your trunk goodbye with these balanced, low-calorie recipes you can whip together in a snap.

3. PROBLEM: You look tired

If you are constantly tired and you notice dark circles under your eyes, your diet might be leading to an iron deficiency. A healthy diet makes the body feel rejuvenated and energized.

Food fix: Pump (up) iron

The daily recommended iron intake is 18mg. Red meat is a high-iron food, but if you are not big on eating red meat, incorporating other foods, such as fish, eggs, and beans, into your diet will also increase your iron intake. Here's a quick iron-rich recipe to try.

Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon
Serves 4 (161 calories)

Ingredients:
1 scallion, minced
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:
1.  Whisk scallion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a medium bowl until the honey is dissolved.

 

2. Place salmon in a sealable plastic bag, add 3 tablespoons of the sauce and refrigerate; let marinate for 15 minutes. Reserve remaining sauce

3.  Preheat broiler. Line a small baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray

4.  Transfer the salmon to the pan, skinned-side down. Discard the marinade. Broil the salmon 4 to 6 inches from the heat source until cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes

5.  Drizzle with the reserved sauce and garnish with sesame seeds

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