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Bread winner: A winning recipe to help you keep two New Year's resolutions

By Wolfgang Puck, Tribune Content Agency on

When Christmas celebrations are over and New Year's Eve is just days away, we all face an important challenge that only gets bigger and bigger by the moment: Deciding on our New Year's resolutions. As important as those promises to ourselves may be, however, there is no real mystery over what we'll resolve. In fact, I'll bet you can easily guess the two most common goals.

That's right! In the coming year, a majority of people will want to eat more healthfully (or lose weight). And most of us will also want to manage our money more wisely and save more.

Not surprisingly, few people keep up their resolve. Some surveys show that as many as 80 percent of resolutions are abandoned by February!

So, how do you stick to yours? I think success comes from approaching goals realistically; making small, achievable changes in your daily life that eventually become habits and add up to bigger successes. And the best way I know to both eat smartly while saving money is to prepare nourishing food at home.

The recipe I'd like to share is a perfect example of that approach. My whole wheat bread with dark chocolate and cherries is not only delicious but also low in fat (which contributes fewer than a third of its 188 calories per two-slice serving) and a decent source of dietary fiber (2.69 grams per serving). Not only that, but the chocolate and cherries are also excellent sources of the antioxidants health professionals say we should include in our diets to help safeguard us against illness.

Better still: The bread is fun to make and a great activity for a cold or rainy weekend afternoon. And the delicious results will cost you far less than anything similar from an upscale bakery.

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The bread is also admirably versatile. I like to toast a slice and enjoy it with my morning coffee. You can soak slices in a mixture of beaten eggs, egg whites, and some reduced-fat milk, then pan-fry it with nonstick spray, to make amazing healthy French toast. I've even been known to eat some of this bread at the end of a meal! (Here's a fun tip: Top a toasted slice with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt for a satisfying impromptu dessert.)

The recipe also lends itself to many variations. If you want an even lower low-fat version, double the amount of cherries and leave out the chocolate chips. Or try substituting other dried fruit, individually or in combination, cutting up larger pieces into morsels about the size of cherries or raisins.

Any approach you take, I think you'll be more than happy with the results -- and with the money you save. Here's to a healthy and prosperous 2018!

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD WITH DARK CHOCOLATE AND DRIED CHERRIES

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