Diet Detective: 9 Bargains for the Health-Conscious Foodie

Here are my latest calorie bargain finds—healthy living at a good value.

Calorie Bargain: VitaPizza

The Why: Vitalicious, famous for those low-calorie muffins, has done it again. Their NYC team has been working hard for two years perfecting a low-calorie, single-serving frozen pizza. Available in Cheese & Tomato and Meatless Pepperoni Supreme, it's only 190 calories for the entire pizza. Wow!

The Price: $59.99 (12 pizzas) (Coupon for free pizza)

Where to Find: or in your local supermarket

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Calorie Bargain: Cooking Light Cooking Class: Fundamental Techniques

The Why: Master the basics of cooking healthy with the famous healthy cooking magazine Cooking Light. Learn how to braise, saut?, steam, grill and marinate, and get healthy recipes, too. Also, check out their online videos at

The Price: Free

Where to Find: Cooking Light Cooking Class: Fundamental Techniques

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Calorie Bargain: National Institutes of Health (NIH) E-mail Updates

The Why: The National Institutes of Health is the nation's most prestigious medical research agency. They offer newsletters on many subjects, including the latest medical research on diabetes, exercise for seniors, exercise/physical fitness, gastroesophageal reflux/hiatal hernia, heart disease, high blood pressure, nutrition and obesity, among many other subjects.

The Price: Free

Where to Find: National Institutes of Health

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Calorie Bargain: Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

(Free Online Course from Coursera)

The Why: A free basic-nutrition course from a top university—need I say more?

About the Course: "This seven-week course will explore nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance."

About the Instructor: Jamie Pope, MS, RD, LDN, has been with Vanderbilt University since 1986, working in the areas of obesity research, weight management, health promotion, and heart disease prevention.

University: Vanderbilt

The Price: Free

Where to Find: Issues and Insights

When: April 2013

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