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June 18, 2009 - 4:36am

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.)...

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June 4, 2009 - 4:36am

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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May 22, 2009 - 4:36am

I love cookies! Hands down, they’re my favorite dessert.

People’s jaws, including a few of my co-worker’s, hit the floor when I say that. How could I, a dietitian, love something so inherently unhealthy—and (gasp!) eat them too?

Well, I do! But I like to keep my cookie needs in check—and not waste a day’s worth of calories fulfilling a craving—so I often turn to EatingWell’s cookie collection to find something satisfying, but not loaded with calories.

Here are my 5 favorite diet-friendly cookies (that don’t taste one bit diet-friendly). They’re all 100 calories—or less—so you can indulge without breaking the calorie bank.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies (94 calories...

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May 21, 2009 - 4:36am

Pop quiz: who gets a bigger mental boost from caffeine?

A. Men
B. Women
C. Neither

The answer? Drum roll, please…

A. Men. According to new research from the University of Barcelona, men feel more alert—more quickly—than women do after drinking a caffeinated beverage. In the study, participants sipped a caffeinated espresso (do you know the best coffees to drink?), then rated how alert they felt 10, 20 and 30 minutes later. Men reported feeling less drowsy after only 10 minutes and sustained the mental boost for the entire half hour. Women got a "kick" from the espresso, too, but rated it weaker than the men did. (Don’t drink coffee?...

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May 13, 2009 - 4:36am

I’m one of those people who lives to eat. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep any unwanted extra pounds at bay thanks, in part, to my passion for running and also, in part, to my commitment to eating as many fruits and vegetables a day as possible.

My love of food (it’s an obsession, actually, according to this quiz: Are you obsessed with food?) is so great that for years I’ve been dreading the day my metabolism hits the brakes and slows down. Metabolism slows by 1 to 2 percent each decade after age 30, and that’s just around the corner for me.

But a slower metabolism is most marked in one’s sixties and beyond. Why? There’s a significant decrease in muscle in your sixties, particularly in women. And since muscle is a calorie-burning powerhouse, muscle loss equals fewer calories burned.

So...

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