Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 3)

October 25, 2011 - 11:13am

There are certain foods I can’t get enough of and, incidentally, most of them fall within the Italian diet. Luckily for my health, Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating—it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression. Check out these 8 essential ingredients of Italian cuisine, compiled by EatingWell’s editors, that you should add to your diet.

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September 23, 2011 - 11:27am

I know autumn is officially here when I make my first of many fall crock-pot meals. This year it was pulled pork (recipe follows). The meat was fork-tender, juicy and delicious. And it set the tone for a season of healthy, hearty slow-cooked meals I don’t have to spend hours tending. Or cleaning up from, which 25 percent of Americans cited as their reason for not cooking, in a recent national survey.

Recipes to Try: 14 Fall Recipes for Your Crock-Pot

Plus, my crock-pot habit is saving us money, because it makes inexpensive cuts of meat meltingly tender, such as in EatingWell’s Rich Chicken Stew, which is made with chicken thighs instead of pricier chicken breast. Other inexpensive cuts of meat that work wonderfully in the slow...

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September 14, 2011 - 11:36am

I like to keep a stockpile of my favorite foods in my pantry so that when the mood strikes, I have what I’m craving. But it turns out that may not be a good idea for certain foods, because they actually lose their health punch over time, according to a report by Amy Paturel in EatingWell Magazine.   

4 Bad Cooking Habits You Should Break
13 Biggest Food and Health Myths Busted

Keep track of how long you store these 4 items. Here's why: certain nutrients are unstable when exposed to oxygen (from the air), heat (from...

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August 29, 2011 - 3:28pm

My son is a fruit fiend. He’d eat blueberries, watermelon, bananas and grapes (and nothing else!) morning, noon and night if I let him. There are many mornings when I’m lucky if I can get him to eat anything more than fruit before we have to get out the door. But working as the digital editor at EatingWell Magazine, I’ve read enough from our nutrition experts to know that’s not enough to fuel my boy’s active body and brain until snack or lunchtime. Since I know you can’t force a child to eat, my tactic is to offer him the best breakfast around, with some of that fruit he loves so much on top as an incentive. (It worked this morning—hooray for frozen blueberries!)

So what’s the best breakfast to feed kids to fuel their brain and body for the day? Oatmeal! Research shows...

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August 4, 2011 - 10:31am

We’re fortunate not to have food allergies in our household (now seasonal allergies are another story…). But through my friends and avoiding certain ingredients when I pack lunch for my son to take to school, I know how hard, and increasingly common, it can be to need to eat around certain foods.

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network says scientists estimate about 12 million Americans have food allergies, according to a story in EatingWell Magazine by Cheryl Sternman Rule. A true food allergy causes the body’s immune system to attack the proteins in a particular food, releasing chemicals (...

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