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...read full post »
Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.
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Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.
Artificial flavors and colors like Red 40 and Blue 1 aren’t ingredients that whet my appetite. But I don’t want to deny myself freezer pops—one of the greatest joys of summer. I...read full post »
I’ve never been the type of person that counts calories on a regular basis. For me, the “are my pants getting too tight?” method works well enough to let me know when I’ve been overeating. Everyone is different though—and for some, counting calories is the only way to keep their weight in check.
That said, when my pants are feeling a tad snug, I become more mindful of how many calories I’m eating and drinking versus how many I actually need.
Most people will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (Find out what a 1,500 calorie day looks like in pictures here.)
If you want to be even more precise, this simple calculation will give you a...read full post »
I’m obsessed with smoothies. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s all the fresh berries my husband, Colin, and I have been picking at the berry farm. We’ve been going crazy with our blender—a handful of berries, some yogurt and a little ice. Cover, blend, and presto! A tasty, satisfying breakfast (or snack) to grab and go.
Smoothies seem so inherently healthy—one refreshing drink can help you get a few servings of fruit, which boasts fiber and antioxidants, and some calcium from yogurt. But many fast-food versions are just vessels for delivering spoonfuls of sugar through a straw. So here are some things to keep in mind when you’re craving your next smoothie:
Who isn’t looking for easy ways to get fit for a summer party or vacation? Anyone…? For me, the simpler, the better.
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So, with less than a month to go before my summer vacation, I’m trying these 6 nearly effortless, sneaky ways to burn more calories*. Workout clothes are not required!
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1. Do your own yard work.
Calories Burned: about 300 calories
Tell the teenage kid from down the...