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July 27, 2012 - 9:43am

In recent years there has been an explosion of coconut water products available at grocery and convenience stores. If you’ve tasted it, you know that it’s pretty refreshing—even the plain, unflavored coconut waters (or so I think).

And because staying hydrated can make or break your workout performance, it’s not surprising that many athletes and weekend warriors are looking for an extra edge when it comes to their beverage of choice.

Related: 4 Natural Fuel Foods For Your Next Workout

But should you be reaching for coconut water, instead of just water? Is it any better—is it worth the splurge?

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July 25, 2012 - 11:58am

A new study—published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research—helps explain why the size of our plates affects how much we’re eating. Turns out, our behavior is directly influenced by what our eyes perceive, even when we know better. So, for example, you’ll serve yourself—and eat—less on a 6-inch plate than a 9-inch plate because it looks more satisfying.

The study, by Brian Wansink, Cornell researcher and EatingWell advisor and Koert van Ittersum, suggest the color of your plates, table and tablecloth matters too: using light plates on dark tablecloths helps you eat less; doing the opposite (having dark plates on dark tablecloths) makes us take—and eat—more.

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July 19, 2012 - 10:50am

This summer, don’t let the smoke from the backyard grill cloud your good judgment when considering health advice from friends and family. When it comes to health and natural remedies it’s enticing to grab onto juicy half-truths and hearsay. Don’t get me wrong—as with any good story, a nutrition myth can offer a valuable lesson. The most persistent nutrition myths are those that contain at least some truth. Here are 5 common summer health myths to watch out for—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:

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1. Always wear sunblock. Thanks to our obsession with sunscreen—as well as a short list of vitamin-D-rich foods...

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July 16, 2012 - 12:07pm

I’m on a big smoothie kick lately. Every morning, I’ve been blending up different variations of frozen fruit and skim milk or yogurt with a handful of walnuts. It’s a refreshing breakfast on hot mornings that also happens to be nutritious.

Must-Try: 21 Quick & Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Related: Best & Worst Smoothies to Buy at Fast-Food Restaurants

As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I’ve been thinking of ways to kick up the nutritional impact of my new favorite breakfast even more. Here are 6 health-packed ingredients to supercharge your smoothie:

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July 11, 2012 - 11:44am

Want to give your workout a boost? Five key ingredients can give your body an extra edge when exercising—or recovering from your workout, as Joyce Hendley wrote about in the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine. And as a bonus, she developed a homemade energy bar recipe that packs them all into a delicious, convenient bar to power your workout and help you refuel afterward. (Get the recipe for EatingWell Energy Bars and more Granola & Power Bars.)

Here are the 5 ingredients that can help power your next workout.

1. Peanuts
The most protein-rich nut of them all helps give our bar an egg’s worth of quality protein.

Pre-workout: A little protein staves off hunger without overtaxing...

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