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January 20, 2016 - 3:58pm

When it comes to being ready for a last-minute dinner, a frozen pizza could be your best friend. But just because you’re taking a shortcut doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy dinner. Here’s what to look for.

A Better Bottom: More dough means more calories, so choose thin-crust over deep-dish when buying frozen. Buy pizzas that have whole grains in the crust whenever you can and skip ones stuffed with cheese.

Keep it Simple: Less is more when you’re picking pizzas. Some loaded frozen pizzas (see our brand picks) are tasty, but many had soggy toppings in the end. Meat-lover pizzas were higher in calories and sodium on a whole. Adding your own veggies helps the toppings stay crunchy and you can choose what you like.

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January 13, 2016 - 5:06pm

Breakfast often gets the short end in the morning dash out the door. But skipping breakfast primes your brain to seek out high-calorie foods and means you’ll eat more later. While you probably know a breakfast sandwich from a fast-food chain isn’t a great option either, you’d be surprised by just how unhealthy it can be. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that eating even one typical fast-food breakfast sandwich can actually change how your arteries perform.

Don’t Miss: Best And Worst Fast Food Breakfast Sandwiches

Doctors at the Montreal Heart Institute had 28 men eat a sausage, cheese and egg sandwich with hash browns—loaded with 50 grams of fat, most of it saturated. Then they checked...

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January 11, 2016 - 12:02pm

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2016, released earlier this month, ranked 38 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner (for the sixth year in a row): the DASH diet.

Pictured Recipe: Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of...

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January 5, 2016 - 12:05pm

Resolved: I will lose weight, save money and be healthier in 2016. Sound familiar? If you made even just one of these resolutions this year, I have a tip for how to get started…use your slow cooker. Sound wacky? Find out how this one handy piece of kitchen equipment can help you meet your new year’s resolutions (and if your resolution is to revive 1970s cooking methods, even better!).

If your resolution is to: Lose weight
How the slow cooker can help: Cooking at home is a great first step in trying to get your diet under control. Since slow–cooked food relies on long, moisture-rich cooking, you can use less oil than if you were cooking with dry heat in the oven or on the stove. Using your slow cooker to make dinner means that dinner is ready when you get in the door—no more hungrily...

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December 18, 2015 - 5:06pm

Eating clean may seem like a trendy idea, but in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, it’s what we always think about when we develop recipes—and how we like to cook at home. It’s simply a healthy—and sustainable—way to approach all your meals. “Clean eating means filling your plate with real, whole foods, eating a variety of fruits and whole grains, moderate amounts of lean meats and sustainable seafood, dairy, nuts and seeds and healthy oils,” says Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. And, she adds, “Notice how you don’t eliminate food groups?” Now that’s good news!

Don't Miss: See How to Eat Clean

To help jump-start your clean-eating efforts, I’ve put together a 7-day...

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