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February 18, 2009 - 3:36am

I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.

So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.

10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:

Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...

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February 10, 2009 - 3:36am

Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).

For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.

Before you...

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January 23, 2009 - 3:36am

One of my closest friends, who, for years, has listened to me talk about what foods are healthy and what foods are not, recently asked me if coconut oil could help you lose weight. Several readers have also asked me and the other EatingWell editors about the health benefits of coconut oil (which is laden with saturated fat) and now—when so many of us are trying to lose weight—is the perfect time to answer the question.

Joyce Hendley, one of our contributing editors, sifted through the facts—and the fiction—in EatingWell’s February issue to reveal whether or not coconut oil could help you lose weight.

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January 13, 2009 - 3:36am

Breakfast, for me, is essential. It gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. (A few cups of coffee don’t hurt either!) But this time of year—having overindulged in too many rich foods over the holidays—I’m looking to cut excess calories from my day wherever I can. I head off winter weight gain with low-calorie meals, starting most importantly at breakfast.
Here are three of my favorite low-calorie breakfast recipes:

Cranberry Pancakes—packed with fresh cranberries’ sour spike and ready in 20 minutes—always start my day off right! I can whip them up on Saturday...

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January 8, 2009 - 3:36am

’Tis the season for colds and the flu. If you’re like me, there isn’t any spare time built into the schedule to get sick.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when, in the December issue of EatingWell Magazine, our senior nutrition advisor Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., revealed which 3 immune-boosting superfoods work—and what products aren’t worth the money.

After reading Rachel’s article I’m going to think twice about:

• Glacéau’s Vitaminwater “Defense”: This drink, with a label that claims it is “specially formulated with nutrients required for optimal functioning of the immune system,” doesn’t deliver the mega-high doses of nutrients that Airborne does. (A 20-ounce bottle of the water...

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