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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 9)

August 11, 2010 - 11:44am

I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!

Since summer is in full swing and lots of us are hitting the road for vacation this month, you just might find yourself in the same boat. To help you make better choices when you do stop at a fast food restaurant, I’ve compiled a list of 4 popular fast food meals that are diet-busters and provided lighter options to order instead. I’ve also included recipes for healthier make-at-home versions so you can satisfy that fast food craving...

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July 29, 2010 - 11:19am

There are about 97,634,347 things I’d rather do after work in the summer than make dinner. (Gardening, hiking, swimming, running, biking and porch-sitting-with-cocktail-in-hand, just to name a few.) I’m sure you can relate.

Even so, we still need to eat. And while it’s so easy to grab a burger on the way home, I’d rather make something that I know tastes great, is good for me and will help me save the money I would have spent on takeout. Armed with these recipes—ready in just 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes—the excuse that there’s not enough time to make dinner flies out the door. I even paired each recipe with a super-quick side dish.

Got 5 Minutes? Make Turkey Pastrami Sandwich—At our house, “dinner in 5 minutes” often translates to PB&J. But in the same...

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July 27, 2010 - 11:20am

I’m a vegetable lover. I eat vegetables at least three times a day: sautéed chard stirred into scrambled eggs for breakfast, a big garden-fresh salad for lunch and grilled corn and steamed potatoes as side dishes with dinners in the summer. I don’t have much trouble eating enough vegetables, but I know I’m the exception, not the rule.

Related Link: 10 Low-Cal Dinners Packed with Produce

One in 4 Americans don’t eat the 5 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruit (the number of servings depends on your calorie intake) that you’re supposed to eat every day for optimal health.

Are you one of those that need a nudge to eat more vegetables? Here are 3 reasons to fit more in:

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July 22, 2010 - 10:41am

Are brown eggs really more nutritious than white? Since I work for EatingWell, I get my share of these questions from family and friends (right after they ask me for my favorite recipes!). When I tell them that they just bought into a common grocery shopping myth that may cost them more money, they can’t resist asking for more. So I’m happy to bust 5 of these common grocery shopping myths right here, to help you save money without sacrificing quality.

Food Myth #1: Eggs with brown shells are more nutritious than those with white shells.
The color of the eggshell does not affect nutrition, but indicates the color of the bird’s feathers and earlobes. White eggs come from white hens with white earlobes, brown eggs come from red hens with red earlobes. And since brown eggs often cost a bit more than white...

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July 14, 2010 - 11:08am

When I was writing about corn for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine, I decided to pose this question online: What do you want to know about corn?

My friend Lee pointedly asked, “Is corn even good for you?”

Good question. Is corn even good for you? Actually, it is, for two reasons.

Related Link: Find fiber-rich recipes to help you shed pounds.

First, corn is a starchy vegetable, and like other starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas) it contains fiber—in this case 4 grams per 1 cup of kernels, which is about 1 large ear. Eating enough fiber is important for helping to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer....

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