EatingWell Blogs (Page 2)
Water definitely does a body good. In one 2010 study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, drinking water can help edge out calories from calorie-laden beverages like juice, soda and even sweetened tea or coffee. Unsweetened tea, coffee and seltzer are all good zero-calorie options to try. Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to iced tea and seltzer to make them more flavorful.
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Eating more produce can help you slim down because produce is low in calories and high in fiber. In fact, vegetables were ranked as the No. 1 food to eat for weight loss by Harvard University. On a 1,500-calorie diet, you should eat 1 1/2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables. At breakfast, add sliced fruit to toast or veggies to an egg scramble. For lunch, eat a big salad or pack a wrap with baby spinach. For snacks, try grapefruit, apple slices or carrot sticks. And at dinner, start your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup or salad and be sure to include produce in your meal.
Do This Today: Eat at least one serving of fruits or vegetables at...read full post »
Having a plan helps you reach for healthy foods when you get home ravenous or need a snack in a pinch when you’re on the go, instead of relying on convenience foods or vending machines. When you make a plan and stock your fridge with cut-up fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks, these nutritious choices become “convenience” food because they’re ready when you need them. If you are following our meal plan, you’re in luck—all the meals and snacks are planned for you. And if you’re not, check it out here—you might like to try it.
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Naked, homemade, air-popped popcorn is a super-healthy snack—it’s a whole grain with 4 grams of fiber per serving and almost no salt, sugar or fat. But let’s be honest—plain popcorn is a little bland. Fortunately, there are plenty of flavorful options popping up in stores. Here’s how to pick a better bag.
Go for the Good Oils: Most bagged popcorn is made with neutral vegetable oils, but some are popped with olive, coconut or avocado oils for a hint of flavor. Some use trans-fat-laden partially hydrogenated oil—so check the label.
Watch out for Sneaky Salt: Salt and popcorn are a classic pairing, but sodium is especially problematic when it comes to cheese-...read full post »
Busy mornings get a little easier when you can “just add water” and have breakfast ready in minutes. Instant oatmeal is filling, fast and has plenty of flavor variations to try, but not all of them live up to oatmeal’s healthy reputation. Here’s our advice to keep this quick breakfast healthy.
Know Your Fiber: Some oatmeals (especially “high fiber” oatmeals) use guar gum to inflate their fiber number. Guar gum is a safe ingredient, but be aware that it only has soluble fiber, not insoluble.
Read more: Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber
Be a Sodium Sleuth: If you’re eating a whole-grain breakfast with your health in mind, double check the sodium. Even if your bowl doesn’t taste salty, some flavored...read full post »