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August 9, 2012 - 9:25am

It’s that time of year when many of us start thinking about back to school. And, as a nutrition editor and registered dietitian, that means lunch (and maybe even breakfast or snack). “What should I be packing for meals for my kid while they’re at school?” is a question I hear often.

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Here are a few suggestions to help you fuel your kiddo’s young brain and body.

For breakfast: oatmeal. Reams of studies show that fueling the brain with breakfast is important for thinking, acting and learning. And children who are undernourished perform poorly on cognitive tasks. But not just any breakfast will do: research shows that fueling your...

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August 3, 2012 - 3:26pm

If you’re juicing to slim down—a trend that is now back in vogue—lacking scientific evidence suggests that you should think twice. (Find out how many calories you should be eating daily.)

It is true that if your juicy diet delivers fewer calories than you need, you’ll lose weight, but you may not sustain it. Losing weight isn’t necessarily about depriving yourself of everything you love—it’s about eating fewer calories than you’re burning.

Related: 4 Healthy Ways Lose Weight Fast

Here’s another reason to think twice about juicing to lose weight: research shows that drinking your...

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August 1, 2012 - 10:37am

Shopping at a farmer’s market is a great way to support your local economy and stock up on the freshest seasonal produce. (Did you know that when fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness, they are most nutrient-packed?)

Related: 8 Summer Foods You Should Stock Up On

But when it comes to some of the food at the market, there’s debate whether it’s safe and should even be legal.

I’m talking about those hand-canned jars of pickles and other “value-added” foods that have been made in a home kitchen, rather than a commercial one. In many states, selling food that hasn’t been made in a commercial kitchen is illegal. It’s a food safety measure that’s a first step...

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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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