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Diet's Blog (Page 43)

September 10, 2010 - 9:39am

At the end of a long day, after my kids are in bed, lunches are packed and the kitchen is as clean as it’s going to get, I like to eat ice cream. Often, this ritual happens at 10 p.m. You might be thinking: “What kind of nutrition expert promotes late-night emotional eating?” I say: one with expertise in weight management. Looking forward to my ice cream (measured into a half-cup container) keeps me from reaching for sweets earlier in the day. And the whole “eating after 6 p.m. makes you fat” thing just isn’t true. EatingWell Contributing Editor Joyce Hendley tackles this myth and others in a story in the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here are the...

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August 23, 2010 - 11:58am

In general, I’m not a picky eater, but I am choosy when it comes to salads. I have absolutely zero interest in eating tired-looking bagged lettuce with dry matchstick carrots, pale-colored tomato wedges and sliced canned black olives. Those kinds of salads actually make me cringe—the benefit from the vegetable servings just isn’t worth the lack of deliciousness.

Related Link: Learn the 4 magic ingredients of a power salad here.

If you point me in the direction of a good salad bar, the heaping plate that I’ll come back with would make you think I live for salad. A good salad bar is chock-full of delicious—and nutritious—ingredients. There are also some not-so-healthy choices...

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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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August 6, 2010 - 11:56am

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.

Related Link: Healthy Recipes to Satisfy Junk Food Cravings

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...

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July 30, 2010 (All day)

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:

  • Studies show that beverages are less filling per calorie than solid foods...
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