Michelle Edelbaum's Blog
I went out to dinner with my friend Dara and her 4-year-old daughter last week and watched in amazement as her little cutie picked every last bit of green vegetable out of her dinner.
I smiled (my son is only 5 months old so I don’t have to deal with picky eating yet), but Dara was frustrated. “How can I get her to eat better?” she asked.
I’d just been gathering lots of great ideas for getting kids to eat healthier for EatingWell’s new back-to-school guide so I told her I’d e-mail her a few to get her imagination going. Here’s what I sent to help her get started. (Find 6 more tips for getting kids to eat healthier here.)
1. Fill them up with fiber. Few kids...read full post »
I’m growing a small garden in my yard and after some success last summer I decided to get adventurous this year: I added a tomatillo plant.
Tomatillos are tart, plum-size green fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. They can be used raw but cooking enhances their flavor and softens their tough outer skin. Since I love them in fresh summer recipes for salsa, guacamole, sauces and more, I was easily inspired to plant a seedling in my garden. Not sure if tomatillos are for you? Here are 5 reasons to love tomatillos:
1. Their flavor is irresistible, with hints of lemon, green apple and herbs.
2. They’re low-maintenance and can even be grown in a big pot. All they need is plenty of water and sun.
3. It’s easy to spot a ripe...
Peanuts and peanut products, such as peanut butter, are just the latest items to be recalled because of Salmonella contamination. But does that mean you should stop enjoying these otherwise healthy foods? No! Peanuts and peanut butter are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Plus, peanuts deliver some protein, fiber, magnesium, copper and vitamin E.
What you should do before you enjoy peanuts or peanut products is check to make sure the food you have isn’t part of the recent recall. The Food and Drug Administration’s website at fda.gov is the best place to go for an up-to-date list of products involved in the recall.
But once you’ve determined your peanuts and peanut butter have a clean bill of health, enjoy them in...read full post »
Chocolate is definitely the way to my heart (and I make sure my heart gets some TLC at least twice a day!). I can think of very few things with chocolate that I don’t like (chocolate-covered potato chips, gummi bears or bugs).
Since I indulge regularly, I’m lucky that chocolate is actually good for me. Researchers have discovered that moderate amounts of flavanol-rich dark chocolate (my favorite) have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health, and it may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation.
All the more reason to whip up some healthy chocolate recipes to satisfy my cravings.
Here are 4 quick chocolate desserts:
Few things feed a hungry football-watching crowd as well as chili. When my husband and I had a bunch of friends over to watch the playoffs a few weeks ago, we made two chili recipes—a vegetarian chili and a hearty, meaty chili. Both chilis were a hit and the ideal meal to serve at this type of gathering because there were only two pots to clean up afterward. Plus chili is loaded with antioxidant-packed vegetables, fiber-rich beans and (if it’s not vegetarian) lean cuts of beef and pork, which makes it a satisfying and healthy meal.
So this weekend for the Super Bowl, I’m going all out with a chili extravaganza.
I’m going to cook vegetarian chili, meaty chili, white...read full post »