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Kerri Ann Jennings's Blog (Page 10)

March 27, 2012 - 3:37pm

Toxins get into our bodies through more than just food. We are exposed to them through our carpets, lawn chemicals—even our clothing. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you detox your kitchen and your diet.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 1: Print Out A List Of The Dirty Dozen

Print out a pocket-size list of the Dirty Dozen—the 12 fruits and vegetables the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) has identified as having the most pesticide residues—and use it when you go grocery shopping to curb your pesticide exposure. (Find out which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic here.) Pesticide exposure is linked with diseases of the nervous system and problems with cell growth,...

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March 16, 2012 - 1:10pm

Breakfast is important—it fuels your morning and may help keep your hunger in check so you don’t overdo it at lunch. Although making breakfast at home is ideal—you have more control over the ingredients and can make sure you have a healthy, balanced meal—there are times when you need or want to pick up breakfast on the go.

Don’t Miss: 3 Essential Ingredients of a Healthy Breakfast

Many popular fast-food restaurants now offer breakfast sandwiches, which spurred me to look into the healthiest (and least healthy) options.

The bottom line: It’s possible to make a smart choice at any of these fast-food restaurants. For the healthiest choice (lowest in calories,...

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March 15, 2012 - 11:49am

I have never had a garden. For the past several years I’ve lived in small urban spaces with little to no outdoor room. I have often yearned to grow things, but haven’t had much of an idea of how to get started. So when I started editing stories in EatingWell Magazine about ways to grow food in your kitchen or with little outdoor space, I was stoked—no more excuses not to grow some of my own food! Here are some easy ways to get started:

Must Read: 13 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables and Herbs

Microgreens
If you’re eager to get some fresh greens on your plate, try growing microgreens. Microgreens are the first tender shoots of plants like collard greens, beet greens and...

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March 13, 2012 - 11:37am

When the USDA came out with its Dietary Guidelines last year, it also published information on the so-called “shortfall nutrients” that Americans are not getting enough of. Are you getting enough of these four important nutrients? Here’s what they are and how to make sure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.

Must-Read: 6 Easy Ways to Meet the Dietary Guidelines

1. Fiber
Why You Need It: Fiber might sound dry and boring, but it’s oh-so-important for your health. Eating enough fiber can help prevent type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and heart disease. Research also suggests that consuming fiber-rich foods might boost weight loss by...

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March 2, 2012 - 2:09pm

Last time I visited the dentist, we were having one of those awkward, mouth-full-of-toothpaste conversations. She was asking me about my work (I’m the associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine and a registered dietitian, and I write a lot about food and health), when it occurred to me that I wanted to write about foods for healthier teeth (and by extension, a brighter smile).

Must-Read: Beauty Foods That Fight Wrinkles, Swelling & More

Here’s what I found out:

Crunchy and Chewy Foods
Crunchy and chewy foods—such as carrots, celery and nuts—cause saliva to flow; saliva neutralizes the acids formed by cavity-causing bacteria. (Sticky and sweet foods,...

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