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Every state and city has its own unique food scene: While locals are munching on reindeer hotdogs in Alaska, Louisiana natives are all about po’ boys. But, according to a report from the loan company CashNetUSA, our nation’s similarities really show when you look at what recipes are most popular for online search results. They gathered data on each state’s most frequently searched recipe using Google Trends and found some surprising results.

While multiple states were obsessed with banana bread and coleslaw, there were some outliers that searched for foods like zucchini, crockpot chicken breast and mochi. Can you guess what recipe came out on top in your state? Read on to find out if you were right.

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Alabama: Gravy

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Alabamians know that good gravy, typically made using fat drippings, cornstarch (or flour) and stock, brings incredible flavor to even the most boring dish. While the sauce may be relatively low-calorie, coming in at about 20 calories for a quarter-cup, watch out for hidden sodium. Four tablespoons of Campbell’s beef gravy contains 380 milligrams of salt, which is 16 percent of your daily recommended value. To make a nutritious pot at home, check out this grease-free recipe for rosemary sweet potato gravy, and be sure to select low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth.

Read more: This Is The World’s Best Paleo Gravy

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Alaska: Coleslaw Dressing

The base of coleslaw is simple enough, but what apparently stumps many Alaskans is the dressing that smothers it. You probably won’t be surprised to read that a typical coleslaw dressing involves a glob of mayonnaise, which adds about 90 calories to your plate per tablespoon. For a healthier version, swap out the mayo for some creamy Greek yogurt. If you’re worried about maintaining the dish’s signature tang, just add about three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per half-cup of yogurt.

Read more: How to Make Low-Calorie Coleslaw Dressing

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Arizona: Frosting

What’s a good cake (or cupcake) without frosting? Arizona natives love the stuff. But, like many of the treats our taste buds crave, it’s packed with sugar. Just two tablespoons of frosting contain around 18 grams of added sugar. That’s over half of the recommended daily intake according to the AHA, and you’re hardly through your second bite of cake! If you’re looking to make this topping a bit healthier, you’re in luck, because there’s a substitute out there for everyone. Check out these creative swaps that use protein powder, nut butter, yogurt and, if you’re feeling adventurous, tofu.

Read more: This Healthy Frosting Recipe Is Irresistible

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Arkansas: Pancakes

The people of Arkansas know how to indulge on Sunday morning: with a tall stack of pancakes. But all those indulgent breakfasts can take a toll your waistline. For just one medium six-inch pancake, you’re looking at about 150 calories and 28 grams of carbs, and such a heavy breakfast can really slow down your day. The good news? You don’t necessarily have to sacrifice your beloved pancakes if you’re trying to cut back on calories and carbohydrates. We’ve got an amazing recipe for low-calorie three-ingredient Paleo pancakes that will kick-start your morning without weighing you down.

Read more: 10 Easy Pancake Recipes Your Waistline Will Love

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California: Bread

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For the past few years, going gluten-free has been a huge trend among wellness nuts, but not everyone is ready to give up their glutenous loaves just yet. Many believe that whole-grain bread is a better choice than white because it’s made from wheat containing all the edible parts of the grain: the germ, bran and endosperm. But it turns out whole grain bread isn't necessarily better than white. “The primary difference between whole and refined grains is wheat bran, which mostly consists of fiber that largely passes undigested through the intestines,” says food scientist Nathan Myhrvold. “In particular, a set of compounds in bran called phytates have a strong ability to block nutrients like iron from being absorbed.” Instead of focusing on whole-grain, make sure to find bread that has been naturally leavened with a wild sourdough starter, which makes for a more digestible loaf.

Read more: More Bread Myths Busted By Science

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Colorado: Salmon

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Leave it to the people of Colorado to be obsessed with something as healthy as salmon. Whether baked, boiled, seared or grilled, salmon is an excellent choice for anyone looking to protect their heart (and their waistline). It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, which your body can’t make on its own. Omega-3s promote healthy joints and glowing skin, all while reducing your risk of heart disease. What’s more, salmon can pack up to 58 percent of your daily recommended value of protein per four-ounce serving. Kudos, Colorado.

Read more: 7 Reasons to Consider a Pescatarian Diet

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Connecticut: Chocolate Cake

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Sorry to say this, Connecticut natives, but chocolate cake is best left for your cheat meal. One piece of the stuff comes in at around 230 calories and 10 grams of fat, and that’s without the frosting. But not to worry: If you’re craving chocolate, there are plenty of healthier alternative desserts. Chocolate chia pudding, anyone? You can also try simply snacking on dark chocolate, which is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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Delaware: Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Delaware locals have a soft spot for chocolate-chip cookies — who can blame them? But don’t let the small size of this classic dessert deceive you. Just one chocolate-chip cookie can set you back over 200 calories. What’s more, it can be a total sugar bomb. For example, a chocolate-chip cookie from Starbucks has a whopping 27 grams of sugar — that’s two grams more than you’re supposed to eat in an entire day, as recommended by the American Heart Association. Instead, opt for a treat that will provide you more nutrition, such as these pulse chocolate-chip cookies, which contain powerful antioxidants, fiber and protein.

Read more: Keto-Friendly Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

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Florida: Chili

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Each pot of chili is as unique and individual as its maker. So while a cup of chili from a restaurant might rack up about 400 calories (if you include toppings like cheese and sour cream), there’s a lot of room for healthy adjustments to this hearty meal by choosing to make chili with chicken or leaner cuts of beef or by making a vegan version.

Read more: 10 Heart-Healthy Chili Recipes

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Georgia: Cake

As Connecticut locals already know, cake comes loaded with calories, fat and sugar. Fortunately, there are a few baking swaps you can make to cut back. Trade white flour for whole-wheat flour, nut flour or chickpea flour, and swap out oil for applesauce to cut down on hundreds of calories. And don’t forget the toppings: Instead of smothering your cake in frostings full of refined sugar, go for naturally sweet toppings like fresh fruit, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate or fresh whipped cream.

Read more: Low-Carb Sponge Cake Made With Whey Protein

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Hawaii: Mochi

When Japanese immigrants sailed to Hawaii in the late 19th century to work on sugar plantations, they brought with them their food and traditions. Mochi, a soft, glutinous rice cake, is at the center of several of those traditions, including annual mochi-pounding ceremonies held by Japanese Buddhists to celebrate the New Year. If you want to try it for yourself, look no further than Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, where it is sold in the form of mochi-wrapped ice-cream balls. But because this treat is mostly sugar and carbohydrates, coming in at 56 calories and five grams of sugar per ball, eat it in moderation.

Read more: Japanese Food Health Facts

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Idaho: Zucchini

People in Idaho are obsessed with zucchini recipes, and that’s awesome because zucchinis are exceedingly nutritious. They have a high water content, so they’re low in calories: One medium raw zucchini contains just 31 calories. What many don’t know is that zucchinis are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for bone and tooth health as well as repairing damaged tissue. Just one squash accounts for 56 percent of your daily recommended value. As far as recipes go, we can only guess what residents there have been searching for. It’s probably safe to assume that zoodles (or zucchini noodles) might be a contender.

Read more: Cut Calories With These 9 “Pasta Poser” Recipes

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Illinois: Cookies

Like the people of Delaware, Illinois natives can’t get enough cookies. So here’s a reminder in case you forgot: Just one cookie could contain more sugar than is recommended for you to have in an entire day. Instead of going for packaged cookies from the dessert aisle or baking a not-so-health-conscious recipe from the back of a box, try making healthy holiday-cookie recipes (great for any time of year) that utilize subtle, refined flavors like honey, mint and candied orange.

Read more: Easy Holiday Cookies That Are Actually Healthy

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Indiana: Tacos

According to IndyStar, part of the USA Today Network, you don’t have to go all the way to Mexico (or Texas or Los Angeles) to get authentic tacos, because Indianapolis is host to plenty of fantastic taquerias. And it looks like Indiana locals have a serious hankering for Mexican fare because “tacos” is the most widely searched recipe in the state. There are </ahref="https:>plenty of ways to tweak this dish to make it a little healthier, so let the experimenting begin!

Read more: 15 Taco Recipes Under 300 Calories

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Iowa: Frosting

We're having Deja vu. Like the people of Arizona, Iowans are all about their frosting. But, as already mentioned, just two tablespoons of it will smack you with 18 grams of sugar, which is over half of your daily recommended value. Rather than making tired buttercream, opt for this decadent, dairy-free coconut whipped cream. It’s naturally sweet, rich and has less than one gram of sugar per one-third of a cup.

Read more: 10 Desserts That Won’t Derail Your Diet

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Kansas: Banana Bread

Rather than throwing overripe bananas in the garbage, Kansas locals know to use them to make delicious banana bread. Unfortunately, all the excellent nutrients that come with eating a raw banana — vitamins C and B-6, manganese and potassium, to name a few — are outweighed by the amount of fat and sugar found in banana bread. One 60-gram slice of banana bread contains approximately six grams of fat and 200 calories. To cut down on fat, trade the oil for some applesauce. And use soaked, pitted dates instead of refined sugar to sweeten your bread: Excess added sugar has been shown to increase your risk of stroke, heart attacks and diabetes.

Read more: Low-Fat and Low-Carb Banana Bread

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Kentucky: Spaghetti

You might be surprised to learn that spaghetti as we know it was invented on U.S. soil. That's right, adding giant meatballs and serving it as a main course is an American thing, and it happened when Italian immigrants improvised with the new ingredients they had on hand. Unfortunately, spaghetti can be a major calorie bomb. Just one four-ounce bowl with red sauce can add up to 463 calories. You can make a less carbohydrate- and calorie-heavy "pasta" dish by replacing the noodles with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

Read more: 14 Best Foods for Your Heart

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Louisiana: Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a quintessential Louisiana dish, so it’s no wonder locals are constantly searching for recipes. Kelly Hamilton, the founder of New Orleans Culinary History Tours, tells Yahoo that it first appeared when the Spaniards arrived in America in the late 18th century as a take on paella using local ingredients. So what is it? Jambalaya is a rice dish featuring the “holy trinity” of Cajun and Creole cooking (onions, celery and green bell peppers) along with other vegetables and some combination of spicy sausage, chicken, shrimp and crawfish. It’s the perfect dish to prepare en masse for a week of healthy meals.

Read more: Slow Cooker Jambalaya for a Week of Hassle-Free Dinners

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Maine: Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is the most popularly grown summer squash in America, which explains why people search for creative ways to take advantage of its abundance. As mentioned above, zucchinis are incredibly healthy, providing vitamin C and manganese to boost your immune system, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote good eyesight — all packed in one 31-calorie squash. Unfortunately, zucchini bread isn’t quite as healthy, considering that recipes typically call for just one or two cups of grated zucchini. One slice can be anywhere from 87 (for a low-calorie version) to 260 calories. So to make your bread a little healthier, use whole-wheat flour, swap out oil for applesauce and reduce the sugar by a quarter or more.

Read more: Health Benefits of Zucchini

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Maryland: Cheesecake

An interesting fact about this Maryland favorite is that its earliest known recipe dates back to the first century B.C., and there’s evidence that it existed in Greece as far back as 2,000 B.C., according to FoodBeast. A more commonly known fact about cheesecake is that it is incredibly high in calories. A slice (a sixth of the pie) using regular cream cheese contains a whopping 683 calories. That’ll make you think twice about going back for seconds! But we know a recipe that not only cuts those calories down to 240, it also packs 31 grams of protein.

Read more: Blueberry Smoothies for Colds and Flu

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Massachusetts: Turkey Chili

Massachusetts natives are always looking to add a healthy spin to this traditional comfort food. While three ounces of 75-percent-lean ground beef contains about 236 calories and 16 grams of fat, four ounces of ground turkey provides just 127 calories and two grams of fat. Well, Massachusetts locals, search no further, because we have a delicious recipe below that will leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt.

Read more: Healthier Turkey Chili Recipe

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Michigan: Gravy

Michigan is the second state on Google’s list that appreciates a good gravy. As mentioned above, gravy isn’t as bad for you as you’d think (with about 20 calories per quarter-cup), but it tends to contain a lot of sodium. So instead of adding a ton of salt to your gravy, give it rich flavor by experimenting with antioxidant-packed garlic, rosemary and other spices.

Read more: 10 Veggie Dishes to Make Thanksgiving More Nutritious

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Minnesota: Shortcake

According to the Chicago Tribune, the word “short” dates back to 16th century England, meaning crisp. Specifically, it refers to something that is made crisp with the addition of butter or lard. For a truly healthier version of this dish, try layering angel food cake (a light, lower-calorie cake) with fresh strawberries and a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

Read more: 10 Desserts Your Nutritionist Actually Approves Of

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Mississippi: Cornbread

According to the American Heritage Foundation, cornbread originated with the Native Americans, who simply combined cornmeal, water and salt. Now a staple of Southern cuisine, this traditional dish can be found in many different variations, whether sweet or savory. Cornmeal is high in fiber, which helps to lower your blood sugar, and contains vital nutrients, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and folic acid. However, it’s also high in carbohydrates. For a higher-protein and lower-carb version, replace some of the cornmeal with almond flour. While cornmeal has 32 grams of carbs and three grams of protein per quarter-cup, almond flour has just six carbs and five grams of protein.

Read more: The Best No-Carb Desserts

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Missouri: Smoothie

A smoothie can be the perfect meal when you’re on the go and need a quick hit of energy, not to mention that it’s a great way to get much-needed nutrients from fruits and veggies. But not all smoothies are created equal, and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a drink that has as much sugar as a soda. If you’re still feeling your way around a Vitamix, here are some tips on how to build a smoothie like a boss to get you started.

Read more: 10 Ultimate Smoothies For Any Kind of Day

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Montana: Pie Crust

While butter may shine through as the unhealthy star of any flaky pie crust, we often overlook how much flour we’re eating. But it’s time to pay attention, because refined white flour contains less fiber and protein than whole grain flours made from alternative grains — making it less filling and making you more likely to overeat. What’s more, it can cause a spike in your blood sugar, raising your risk for Type 2 diabetes over time. But you can easily make a delicious pie crust without it. One option is to swap in chickpea flour, which has three times as much protein and nearly five times as much fiber as refined white flour. Another option is adding rye flour to your dough.

Read more: Healthy Pie Crusts With Garbanzo Bean Flour

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Nebraska: Apple Pie

Farmers in the U.S. grow about 240 bushels of apples every year, making our nation the world’s second largest producer of apples behind China, according to the U.S. Apple Association. Naturally, Americans are always looking for creative ways to use every last one of these fruits, and Nebraska’s favorite is a classic: apple pie. One-eighth of this wholesome American-favorite comes in between 277 and 296 calories, which isn’t terrible until you take into account the amount of sugar you’re eating: 18 to 20 grams per slice. So either save this dessert for special occasions or opt for a healthy apple pie-inspired alternative.

Read more: Overnight Apple Pie Protein Oats

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Nevada: Banana Bread

The people of Nevada and Kansas should consider a swap on their banana bread recipes because they’re constantly searching for ways to make this dish online. As mentioned above, eating banana bread isn’t the same as enjoying a fresh banana nutrition-wise. But another way to cut down on the sugar in your homemade bread is to use overripe bananas, which tend to be naturally sweet and creamy. And, rather than using butter, opt for olive or canola oil, which contain heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Read more: Low-Fat and Sugar-Free Banana Bread

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New Hampshire: Lasagna

New Hampshire locals have a soft spot for lasagna. This Italian dish typically features layers of flat sheets of pasta, ground beef, a tomato-based sauce and cheese. A serving of lasagna with meat can be anywhere between 344 to 848 calories. Make this dish lighter by swapping out some of the mozzarella for cottage cheese and adding savory vegetables like mushrooms, spinach and onions. You can also swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, which, as mentioned above, is much leaner. And if you’re looking to cut down on carbohydrates, ditch the pasta sheets altogether and layer thin slices of zucchini or eggplant instead.

Read more: Make This Lean Lasagna Recipe

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New Jersey: Crockpot Chicken Breast

Crock-Pot was in a bit of hot water this year after a certain “This Is Us” twist (spoiler alert!), but we maintain that this slow cooker is a godsend for busy people who want to prepare their meals ahead of time. So it’s great to see that New Jersey natives are taking advantage of this kitchen tool. What’s more, chicken breast is a particularly lean cut of meat, coming in at about five grams of fat per three-ounce serving, compared to 10 grams of fat per serving of thigh meat. In short, this most-searched recipe is something we can get behind. Check out our recipe for pesto chicken farro risotto and nine other meals you can make in a slow cooker.

Read more: 10 Simple and Delicious Slow-Cooker Meals

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New Mexico: Banana Bread

New Mexico marks the third state on this list that’s obsessed with banana bread. As previously mentioned, banana bread tends to be on the heavier side, packing in a lot of sugar, butter and carbohydrates. One last banana bread tip? Substitute half of whatever butter or oil you are using with Greek yogurt to cut down on calories and fat while maintaining the loaf’s moist texture.

Read more: How to Substitute Yogurt for Fat in Baking

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New York: Meatloaf

Meatloaf, made using ground beef, pork or veal, packs too much fat and calories to be considered healthy. One four-ounce serving can be anywhere from 230 to 480 calories and contain up to 21 grams of fat. To put that into perspective, it is recommended that you eat no more than 58 to 78 grams of fat per day, depending on how many calories you consume. By contrast, meatloaf made from ground turkey has just nine grams of fat per four-ounce serving. You can also use chicken or bison for a leaner loaf. Another way to cut down on fat, calories and sodium is to pack your meatloaf with nutritious veggies.

Read more: How to Make Veggie-Packed Meatloaf

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North Carolina: Sweet Potato Casserole

Depending on how you make this must-have Thanksgiving side dish, you could either end up with a calorie- and sugar-filled marshmallow bomb or a subtly sweet dessert. Compared to white potatoes, sweet potatoes have more fiber and vitamin A, which supports eye health and boosts your immune system. They’re also rich in beta carotene, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorus. To make this dish healthier, ditch the marshmallows and let the natural sweetness of the sweet potato shine through. Check out this recipe, which uses crunchy pecans to bring some much-needed texture to this Thanksgiving favorite.

Read more: 9 Ways to Make Sweet Potato Fries That Will Blow Your Mind

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North Dakota: Apple Crisp

The apples in this all-American dessert make it rich in vitamins and minerals, but the other ingredients make it high in fat, sugar and calories. To be exact, a one-cup serving of apple crisp contains about 396 calories. To add another layer of earthy flavor to this dessert while making it more nutritious, swap out the white sugar and replace it with maple syrup. White sugar is highly processed, leaving behind few nutrients. Maple syrup, on the other hand, is relatively unprocessed and contains trace amounts of essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese. These minerals help to bolster your immune system and keep your red blood cells healthy.

Read more: Nutritional Facts: Maple Syrup vs. White Sugar

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Ohio: Guacamole

Ohio residents know that you shouldn’t pay extra for guac when you're out to eat, considering you can just make it at home. Guacamole is a healthy condiment because it contains fresh ingredients like antioxidant-rich onions and cancer-fighting tomatoes. And guacamole’s main ingredient, avocados, is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins C and B-5, which help to create the neurotransmitters that support memory and sleep. To punch up the protein in your guac and make it even more nutritious, try our recipe with a secret ingredient.

Read more: Healthy Snacks to Eat With Guacamole

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Oklahoma: Salsa

Salsa is incredibly healthy, coming in at just nine calories for two tablespoons. What's more, tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a tough-to-get antioxidant that’s been proven to prevent prostate cancer. Tomatoes also have plenty of vitamin C, which helps to optimize your immune system. However, we rarely eat salsa on its own, and adding chips to the picture can quickly turn a healthy snack into an unhealthy one. Instead, opt for some freshly cut veggies.

Read more: Ways to Eat Salsa When You're on a Diet

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Oregon: Cake

We said this before, and we’ll say it again: Cake is not good for you, although we readily admit that it is delicious and often irresistible. So here are our tips on how to make this dessert healthier. Swap in nut flour or chickpea flour for more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Second, ditch the oil and use applesauce to cut down on fat and calories. As for your topping, opt for naturally sweet fresh fruit, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate or fresh whipped cream.

Read more: The 10 Best Organic Chocolate Bars

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Pennsylvania: Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is like a hug in a bowl, especially when you’re feeling under the weather. Studies have shown that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to relieve cold symptoms, not to mention how the warmth from the broth can alleviate congestion. However, some store-bought soups can contain an excessive amount of salt, so look for one that’s low-sodium or make your own at home like they do in Pennsylvania.

Read more: 7 Surprising Foods That Combat Colds

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Rhode Island: Chili

Like Jambalaya, chili is a perfect meal to prep on Sunday and have throughout the week. This Southern dish typically blends ground beef, beans and peppers. A one-cup serving of chili packs a lot of protein, about 14 grams, which can help to keep you full and energized. However, it also contains a similar amount of fat. For a leaner bowl, opt for ground turkey, which has fewer calories and less fat. Or for something that tastes closer to beef, choose grass-fed bison, which has less saturated fat and just as much flavor.

Read more: 14 Ingredient Swaps to Make Your Recipes Healthier

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South Carolina: Dressing

The right kind and amount of dressing can enhance a salad’s flavor without detracting from its nutritional value (which, let’s face it, is why you’re probably eating a salad in the first place). Choose the wrong dressing or use too much of it, however, and you’ll end up with sad, soggy salad and enough calories to make you wish you had chosen the cheeseburger instead. By making your dressing, you can avoid all the chemical stabilizers and extra sodium that lurks in the store-bought varirties.

Read more: 7 Salad Dressings That Will Make You Toss the Bottled Stuff

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South Dakota: Prime Rib

As one of the more expensive cuts of beef, prime rib is typically reserved for holidays and special occasions. And that is good, because it’s also highly fatty. Just three ounces of prime rib will give you 298 calories and a whopping 23 grams of fat. It also contains 72 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 24 percent of your recommended daily value. So unless it’s Christmas and you’re treating yourself to an indulgent meal, opt for leaner cuts like a bottom round steak, which has just 139 calories and five grams of fat per three-ounce serving, or a sirloin-tip side steak, which provides 143 calories per serving.

Read more: How to Cook Prime Rib in the Pressure Cooker

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Tennessee: Taco

While Latinos currently make up only 10 percent of the population in Montgomery and Davidson Counties (where Nashville is located), a report from NashvilleNext, a government-run planning commission, says that number could rise to 34 percent over the next 20 years. And that growing influence definitely reflects Tennessee’s most searched recipe: tacos. As mentioned before in this slideshow, there are infinite ways to customize this traditional dish to make it healthy and nutritious.

Read more: 15 Taco Recipes Under 300 Calories

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Texas: Cookies

Texas is the third state on this list to make cookies its most searched recipe. Good thing we’ve got plenty of healthy cookie recipes to go around. Check out these three, developed for LIVESTRONG.COM by the badass women behind Tone It Up. Or, if you’re looking for a midday energy boost, check out these recipes for protein balls, which taste freakishly similar to a gooey cookie.

Read more: 10 Ultimate Smoothies for Any Time of Day

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Utah: Stew

From Mexican birria to dal from India, almost every culture has its own stew. This comforting, slow-cooked food can pack both flavor and nutrients. For example, a typical beef stew might contain a variety of veggies like heart-healthy onions and vitamin A-rich carrots. For a healthy option you can make at home, check out our recipe for osso bucco, a robust stew that features “fall-off-the-bone tender” beef shank.

Read more: 9 Simple Slow-Cooker Recipes for When You Can’t Even

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Vermont: Tomato Soup

A staple of American comfort food since the early 19th century, tomato soup provides immune-boosting nutrition that comes in handy during the winter months. Tomatoes get their signature red hue from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has anti-aging properties and can help to protect against strokes. Tomato soup also contains copper, selenium and vitamins A and C. But beware of store-bought soup, which often includes an unreasonable amount of sodium. For example, one bowl of tomato soup from Panera Bread has 740 milligrams of salt. That’s about a third of the maximum recommended daily intake.

Read more: Homemade Tomato Soup With Mascarpone Cheese and Basil

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Virginia: Chicken Parmesan

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Like spaghetti, chicken Parmesan is an American take on Italian food. Michael White, a New York City-based Michelin-starred chef whose restaurants include Marea and Ai Fiori, tells the Huffington Post that our beloved chicken Parm is a spin on the traditional Italian eggplant Parmigiana. While it may seem innocuous, this dish has more than its fair share of fat and calories. One example? The Chicken Parmigiana meal at Olive Garden contains a whopping 1,060 calories, 52 grams of fat and 2,980 milligrams of salt. Don’t freak out just yet, though, because you can save yourself a lot of guilt by skipping the fryer and using a light hand with the cheese.

Read more: This Guilt-Free Chicken Parmesan Recipe Is Everything

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Washington: Fried Chicken

Let’s be real, no one eats fried chicken for its nutritional value. One skin-on chicken wing packs 159 calories, and we all know that there’s no stopping at one. Lucky for you, it’s easier to make healthier “fried” chicken at home than you might think. Opt for skinless chicken breast, which is leaner than thigh or wing meat, and once your chicken is marinated and breaded, ditch the deep-fryer and bake it in the oven.

Read more: 4 Ways to Make Fried Chicken Healthier

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West Virginia: Cheesecake

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In case you missed the last slide on cheesecake, here’s the hard truth: This dessert is about as calorie-rich as they come. A slice (a sixth of the cake) using regular cream cheese packs 683 calories. So indulge in versions that utilize low-fat cream cheese to cut down on calories and guilt.

Read more: 22 Protein Powder Recipes That Aren’t Shakes

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Wisconsin: Caramel

Caramel candy is pure sugar. Full stop. Caramel sauce might contain a little butter or heavy cream, but that doesn’t make it any healthier. As we all know, eating high amounts of refined sugar can lead to obesity, tooth decay, diabetes and vitamin and mineral depletion. Needless to say, have this gooey treat in moderation. If you’re craving something sweet, have some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate instead — at least that way you can say you got some nutrition out of it.

Read more: 10 Low-Sugar Desserts That Will Shock and Delight You

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Wyoming: Coleslaw

The base of this Dutch salad features two very nutritious veggies: purple cabbage and carrots. The former is rich in potassium, which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure. It also contains 85 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin C in just one cup. And the same amount of carrots provides 408 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin A. But smothering those ingredients in mayonnaise, which is around 90 calories per tablespoon, turns this healthy dish into an indulgence. An easy solution? Dress it in Greek yogurt instead to keep this dish creamy, tangy and healthy.

Read more: Why Does Greek Yogurt Have More Protein Than Regular Yogurt?

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Overview

Every state and city has its own unique food scene: While locals are munching on reindeer hotdogs in Alaska, Louisiana natives are all about po’ boys. But, according to a report from the loan company CashNetUSA, our nation’s similarities really show when you look at what recipes are most popular for online search results. They gathered data on each state’s most frequently searched recipe using Google Trends and found some surprising results.

While multiple states were obsessed with banana bread and coleslaw, there were some outliers that searched for foods like zucchini, crockpot chicken breast and mochi. Can you guess what recipe came out on top in your state? Read on to find out if you were right.

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