Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

The 'Recipe Doctor' shares her top light cooking secrets

While children everywhere are thinking of knocking on doors and screaming "Trick or treat!" with visions of mini candy bars dancing in their heads, grown-ups are enjoying other aspects of fall. 'Tis the season of comfort foods, after all!

In honor of Halloween and all things fall, here are 10 of my "tricks" you can use to lighten up your favorite fall "treats":

1. Canola Cooking Spray

Often, it works well to disperse a small amount of olive oil or canola oil onto the surface of a pan or a food instead of drenching or submerging the food in fat. You're still using oil this way -- just a lot less. Using spray leaves just enough oil on the surface of the food so it can brown and crisp as it cooks.

2. Lemon, Lime, or Orange Zest

The zest, or outermost layer, of a citrus fruit is full of aromatic oils and flavor, and is an easy way to boost the flavor of low-fat dough and batters. When I lighten up recipes, I try to zip up the flavor to compensate for taking out fat. I use zest in all sorts of recipes, from muffins, cakes, and bars to pies and pancakes. It adds that punch of flavor without adding any calories or fat.

3. Nonstick Frying Pans, Saucepans, and Baking Dishes

Using nonstick pans and dishes means you need less fat to keep food from sticking. They make light cooking and baking a lot easier! I just bought a nonstick, spring-form pan on sale, and I can't wait to try it out on my new fall light cheesecake (I create one almost every year).

4. Wine

When I take some of the fat out of recipes, I usually need to add another ingredient to replace the lost moisture/liquid from the fat. Wine works well in recipes where its flavor complements the flavors of the dish -- for sautéing veggies, making a marinade or sauce, and even baking certain breads or desserts. Instead of wine you can also use broth or alcohol-free beer for sautéing veggies, fruit juice or puree for marinades and salad dressing, or fruit juice, yogurt, sour cream, or liqueur for muffins, cakes, etc.

Healthy Recipe Finder

Browse our collection of healthy, delicious recipes, from WebMD and Eating Well magazine.

Top searches: Chicken, Chocolate, Salad, Desserts, Soup

Heart Rate Calculator

Ensure you're exercising hard enough to get a good workout, but not strain your heart.

While you are exercising, you should count between...