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July 6, 2010 - 12:28pm

I can think of so many reasons to adore the lowly canned tuna fish: It’s affordable. It’s high in omega-3 fats (psst… those are the ones that are good for your heart, your mood and your skin). I love that I can store it in my cupboard until just when I need it. And it’s such a versatile ingredient. Plus, canned albacore tuna has low levels of mercury and is a sustainable choice if it’s labeled as troll- or pole-caught, from the U.S. or British Columbia. Another healthy choice is chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, and has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume...

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June 18, 2010 - 11:50am

When we were kids, you were very grateful for the food on your plate—whatever it might be—and you finished every last morsel thank you very much. I’ve carried that mantra with me into adulthood, which does not bode well when I’m at some BBQ picnic having a standoff with the pound cake or craving an ice cream banana split sundae on a hot summer day. (Find 7 tricks to survive the temptations at summer BBQs here.)

But I’ve learned to be smarter than the sweets: If I’m invited to a summer potluck, I offer to bring a healthy dessert to share. For my after-dinner...

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June 3, 2010 - 12:33pm

My dad is a gadget guy. (Seriously, have you ever met a dad who wasn't?) He also loves good food. So when it's time to give him a gift for Father’s Day, I like to pick something that satisfies certain requirements: it’s gotta be gadgety, it’s gotta be good and/or useful, and it must indulge his inner “foodie”. With that in mind, and with some help from my colleagues in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, who have tested these products, here are some of our top picks for dads—yours and mine:

Onion goggles?? And more kitchen tools you didn’t know you needed.

Grilling Tools
Most dads who own a grill already have the essential grill tools too. But...

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May 11, 2010 - 11:47am

A few years ago, I bought a hot air popcorn popper at a yard sale for 25 cents. It was one of the best investments I ever made. On the way home, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a bag of popcorn kernels—for less than the cost of a bag of potato chips—so that I could pop a batch of fresh, hot popcorn right away. That was the beginning of my love affair with popcorn.

Now I’m obsessed. I keep a bag of popcorn kernels on hand for whenever I need a quick and easy snack. While I do love a little butter on my popcorn every now and then, I eat popcorn a lot. So to keep it healthy (and...

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April 23, 2010 - 9:46am

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my party menu. I’ve got the main dishes covered but I know if I don’t serve margaritas at my Cinco de Mayo party, my friends will be bummed. I mean, what’s a fiesta without the “margies,” as my girlfriends and I endearingly call them?

But when I’m craving a tangy margarita, syrupy pre-made margarita mixers just won’t do. So I like to shake up cocktails and mocktails with healthy fruits and juices for a special twist. Blueberries in my margies? Why not? Blueberries give this classic drink fresh flavor and they’re a good source of...

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