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Diet's Blog (Page 43)

June 8, 2010 - 10:51am

When it’s stifling hot outside and there’s nowhere to escape the heat, I like to treat myself to an ice-cold beverage. But some of my favorite summer drinks, such as milkshakes and iced coffees, are loaded with calories. Just because it fits through a straw doesn’t mean it’s good for me. (Check out 6 more healthy-sounding foods that really aren’t here.)

So when I’m craving a cool summer sipper that won’t take all day at the gym to work off, I turn to my favorite healthy summer drink recipes instead. The slushie I would have...

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June 7, 2010 - 11:54am

I just finished booking a week-long summer vacation at the beach, and I can’t wait! But a week at the beach also means a week in a bikini. I’m not sure which is going to be the bigger challenge—finding a week’s worth of bikinis that I actually like or making my body bikini-worthy.

But with this diet trick, I’m thinking looking good in the bikini may not be that difficult.

As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor at EatingWell magazine, I know that I can prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting—just by eating more fiber, according to a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition. (Try these fiber-rich recipes to help you lose weight.)...

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June 1, 2010 - 5:33pm

It’s that time of year when I’m looking for an extra edge to stay slim and get in better shape. I’m already exercising regularly and eating well. (Try EatingWell’s 28-day meal plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to lose weight here.)

So in the interest of further powering up my efforts, I went looking for foods that do a little of the work for me. Here they are: 8 health-food superstars.

If you’re not quite at the point where you’re looking for an extra edge, don’t despair, this list is still for you. Consider it a diet cheat sheet of sorts with 8 secret food weapons to recharge your dieting efforts.

Apples:...

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May 19, 2010 - 12:02pm

This time of year my husband is chomping at the bit to grill, grill, grill! He wants to grill everything—which is fine by me because not only is grilling a super-quick way to cook, but when it comes to lean proteins it guarantees flavorful, juicy results—without having to add a lot of fat or calories. (Or do extra dishes!)

Gas or charcoal? Get the answer in our 13 Essential Tips for Healthy Grilling here.

As a nutrition editor I’ve read some studies that suggest cooking meat at the high temperatures you use to grill (as well as broil and fry) produces compounds linked with cancer—heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs...

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May 11, 2010 - 11:47am

A few years ago, I bought a hot air popcorn popper at a yard sale for 25 cents. It was one of the best investments I ever made. On the way home, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a bag of popcorn kernels—for less than the cost of a bag of potato chips—so that I could pop a batch of fresh, hot popcorn right away. That was the beginning of my love affair with popcorn.

Now I’m obsessed. I keep a bag of popcorn kernels on hand for whenever I need a quick and easy snack. While I do love a little butter on my popcorn every now and then, I eat popcorn a lot. So to keep it healthy (and...

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