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November 24, 2015 - 10:13am

A dog chewing on a bone is iconic; however, the cons of giving bones to your pet outweigh the benefits. Bones can cause some pretty nasty health problems. Chicken and turkey bones become brittle when cooked and are likely to break into sharp pieces and cut your dog’s lips, tongue—or even the esophagus, stomach or intestine, which can cause a potentially life-threatening illness. (Poor pup!)

Dogs commonly swallow large chunks of larger ham or beef bones whole, which may lead to an intestinal blockage that requires emergency surgery. And dogs can painfully damage or break their teeth chewing on bones and need dental surgery.

Raw bones are likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria—such as Salmonella or E. coli, which can make your pet or even your human family sick (through contact and dog kisses).

A little bit of cooked meat or...

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November 10, 2015 - 2:48pm

Save room for this! Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, there’s more than one way to make it better. Our master recipe helps you make a lightened-up version of this must-have holiday side.

1. Start With Dry (Not Stale) Bread

Dry bread (almost as dry as croutons) absorbs liquid and seasoning better than fresh (or even stale). To dry out your bread: Spread 10 cups 1/2- to 1-inch bread cubes (from 1-1 1/2 pounds) on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 275°F until dry to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let cool; transfer to a large bowl.


2. Load Up On Veg Or Fruit

A base of sautéed vegetables makes the best stuffing: Heat 2 full post »
November 10, 2015 - 2:43pm

The moment you turn your oven on, it starts getting hot, but most take a full 20 minutes to be fully preheated—even if the indicator light (or chime) says it’s ready sooner.

The indicator signals when the air in the oven is hot enough, but for it to be well heated, the walls also need to be hot. If they’re not, most of the heat in the oven escapes when you open the door. Put in a chicken in to roast in a cool oven and it starts steaming instead of roasting. In the end, you might find yourself with a dry chicken because it lost too much moisture during the first few minutes in the oven. Plus, without enough heat to activate the chemical reaction of cooking (the Maillard reaction), that chicken just won’t brown properly or develop the rich flavor that makes it taste so good. A “too cool” oven isn’t the only reason to wait—if you rush, it might actually...

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November 10, 2015 - 9:52am

Yogurt is packed with protein, probiotics and calcium—but if you pick the wrong ones, you’ll be spooning up loads of calories and sugar too.

Scope the sugar
Plain yogurt has a bit of natural sugar (from milk) but no added sugar. Flavored yogurts have as much as 15 grams of added sugar. To cut plain’s tang, add fresh fruit or a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey (about 5g sugar).

Choose your fat level
Nonfat has the fewest calories but new research has linked eating full-fat dairy with lower body weight. Low-fat yogurts are a nice middle ground—they still have a rich texture and some fat, but slightly fewer calories.

Probiotic power
Most yogurts have good-for-you bugs that can help keep your gut healthy. If you spot the “Live & Active Cultures” seal, it guarantees at...

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November 9, 2015 - 11:02am

It’s no surprise that we eat a lot at Thanksgiving—by one estimate 4,500 calories. And a whopping 1,500 of those calories are not from the big dinner, but from snacks and drinks.

Go ahead and enjoy your favorite holiday dishes (the ones you only get once a year), but to curb calorie overload, skip the foods you see more often and try to keep things reasonable for the rest of the day. Here’s how:

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