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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 8)

May 20, 2010 - 12:23pm

When I go to the grocery store to buy bread, there are three things I look for on food labels.

1. I prefer breads made from whole grains rather than ones made from refined grains with added fiber. Whole grains (e.g., wheat, oats, rye) are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain at least as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables and are good for your heart.

Get grab-and-go whole grain breakfast recipes here.

Of course I'd like to bake my own bread, but when I don't have time to bake I look for bread that’s labeled "whole grain," then double check that a grain is listed first in the ingredients list. Keep in mind that for wheat, oats, corn, rye and barley, unless the word "whole" precedes the grain...

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May 14, 2010 - 11:42am

I love a good burger, as much for its juicy beefiness as for what I get to put on top. And I’m not talking about the bun. I love experimenting with (many) different burger toppings. Bring on unusual varieties of pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise and my mouth starts watering. I’m a condiment junkie. There, I said it.

My co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for only a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. I like homemade condiments because I know what’s in my food (some processed foods have a long list of ingredients I can’t...

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April 22, 2010 - 12:57pm

One of the most fun interviews I’ve done this year has been with King Corn filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney. I talked with these hilarious friends for our new issue of EatingWell Magazine about their new Truck Farm project: part political statement, part urban agriculture experiment and all-around great fodder for their next film, Truck Farm. The guys planted arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, hot peppers and more in the bed of the gray 1986 Dodge Ram that Cheney’s granddad gave him, the pair’s only vehicle (and the same ride they drove cross-country for their award-winning documentary King Corn).

If you live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, you may have seen these guys cruising around town with their garden planted in the back of the pickup. (If you don’t live in Brooklyn,...

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April 20, 2010 - 12:39pm

Have you seen Food, Inc., the Oscar-nominated documentary exposing the inner workings of our industrialized food industry? As I recently re-watched the film’s interviews with experts like author Michael Pollan (find out the one food he won’t eat here) and took in the truths about how our food is grown, treated and processed, I was reminded of what a powerful influence this movie has been on how I, and probably many of you, make food choices and think about food.

So when I interviewed director Robert Kenner by phone last week, I was curious about how he’s changed his eating habits since he made Food, Inc.

“Now my diet is a political act, not a personal act,” he told me.

That’s a pretty...

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April 9, 2010 - 12:10pm

Seafood Watch, the program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has updated their “Super Green: Best of the Best” list of seafood that’s good for you and good for the environment. To read an updated blog post on healthy seafood, click here.

Even though I keep up with the news on fish and health, I still get confused when it comes to buying seafood. Between worrying about contaminants like mercury and chemicals such as PCBs that I should avoid, wanting to get enough of the healthy omega-3 fats that are good for my heart and brain, and feeling like I should make an environmentally friendly choice, I have a hard time figuring out which fish is OK to eat given all my concerns. (...

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