Brierley Wright's Blog
In the spring I have no problems getting in shape. The days are longer and it’s warming up—both of which make it easier for me to ramp up my running routine outside. And those delicious spring veggies at the farmers’ market motivate me to trade a few of my favorite comfort foods for a heaping plate of garden-fresh salad. (Get inspired with these delicious salad recipes.)
But come summer I find it harder to motivate and stay in shape. The weather is hotter and more humid and so I’d rather skip my after-work exercise for a sunset sail on the lake or an easy potluck dinner and a few summery cocktails...read full post »
If it fits through a straw, it can’t contain very many calories, right?
With the exception of water, I find it easy to forget that what I drink adds to my daily calorie tally—and maybe more so than you’d think. For example, a 5-ounce glass of wine has 125 calories and a 12-ounce beer 150 calories. That’s enough to tip even a disciplined dieter over the top.
But what I find downright disturbing is that some of my favorite summer cocktails are chock-full of calories, to the point that I could trade just one of them in for a meal. Yep, that’s right, a meal.
Here’s how much “damage” your favorite summer sipper can do. (Plus, find more than 20 delicious lower-calorie summer drink recipes here.)
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It’s the time of year when my friends and I are trying to get—or keep—a slim and sexy body, be it to rock my new bikini at the beach or a bridesmaid dress in my friend’s wedding. We all go about it in a different way, though none of us thinks that dieting could fog our brains, even on the sunniest day. I prefer to tack a few more miles onto a run when I’m trying to slim down. (Get more exercise ideas and tips here.) But most of my friends find it easier to cut back on how many calories they’re eating. Both methods will you get slim, but some diets may muddle your memory, according to new research reported by Rachael Moeller Gorman in EatingWell’s June issue. (...read full post »
A few weeks ago I blogged about my obsession with 100-calorie cookies. But what I didn’t tell you then is that I can never wait for the baked cookies to come out of the oven—I almost always taste the dough.
OK, so I don’t think that the Emily Posts of the world care about me eating raw cookie dough straight out of the mixing bowl, but anyone who knows anything about food safety might. Although nothing you can do will ever guarantee 100 percent protection against foodborne illness, there are some simple precautions that help to reduce your risk. (Ahem, like not eating raw cookie dough.) (Get the basics of food safety here.)...read full post »
For me, summer is practically synonymous with grilling. I love to grill for two reasons. One, it’s a super-quick way to cook lean proteins and guarantees flavorful, juicy results—without having to add a lot of fat or calories. And two: I get a break from cooking. Andy, my fiancé, does all the grilling. I just do the prep work—and this handy chart with marinating and grilling times makes that part easy.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to firing up the grill. Cooking meat at the high temperatures (350°F and hotter) you use to grill—as well as broil and fry—creates compounds linked with some cancers, specifically heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
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