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June 4, 2014 - 9:20am

Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?

Not so fast. Most of the touted health benefits of the alkaline diet aren’t research-backed. The theory behind it is that our Western diet (rich with saturated fat, simple sugars and sodium and lacking in potassium, magnesium and fiber) produces acid, driving our body’s pH down slightly, making it more acidic. So the thinking goes that having an acidic pH fuels chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and obesity and promotes ailments like bloating and chronic fatigue. Eating a diet that makes your body more alkaline staves off those health problems. Nice theory. The reality is that your body, especially your kidneys and lungs, maintains a steady pH regardless of what you...

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June 3, 2014 - 1:14pm

I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.

Now I let my slow cooker do most of the work. If I’m having what feels like the whole neighborhood over, I can free up space on my packed grill by using this handy tool to make one of the main courses. Who doesn’t love fork-tender brisket piled on a sandwich and topped with pickles and garlicky mayo or chicken drumsticks coated in sticky honey-orange sauce? I can also use the slow cooker to prepare great sides like a tangy, warm German potato salad starring fresh fingerling potatoes or Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole....

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May 29, 2014 - 1:49pm

Tonight’s assignment: figure out how to turn one pork chop into dinner for four. It doesn’t take a miracle—just this fabulous recipe for Thai Fried Rice. In four easy steps, I can make one of my favorite takeout dishes at home.

Don’t Miss: Healthy Thai Food Recipes

And it’s even faster when I have leftover rice on hand! That one boneless pork chop gets sliced into matchstick pieces—part of the secret to stretching it to serve four and a healthy way to enjoy meaty flavor with just a little bit of meat—and stir-fried with garlic. Then mushrooms hit the pan for a couple minutes, followed by the rice, scallions and one of those Thai secret ingredients, fish sauce. Garnish with cilantro, lime...

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May 29, 2014 - 1:38pm

When it comes to grilled food, I sometimes get a little tired of the endless parade of hamburgers and hot dogs. I’m not tired of grilling, mind you—I’m just ready to have something different. Thankfully, I’ve found a great meal to shake up my grilling routine.

Don’t Miss: 23 More Quick Grilling Recipes

This recipe for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Mint Salad is just what I’m looking for. (Don’t have a grill? See the Broiler Variation at the end of the recipe.) Chicken thighs are just about my favorite part of the bird—the dark meat is juicy and flavorful and a boneless thigh cooks...

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May 23, 2014 - 9:36am

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2014, released earlier this year, ranked 32 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner: the DASH diet.

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of experts, which included EatingWell advisors David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., gave it top billing in part because it scored well in the heart health and nutrition completeness...

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