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EatingWell Blogs (Page 238)

April 12, 2010 - 11:25am

When I recently shared my secret for making Philly cheese steaks without the meat, I wasn’t surprised to get a little pushback from meaty cheese steak lovers. (I get it. Some people just don’t want their meat messed with.)

A lot of us just can’t imagine a meal without a hunk of meat on the plate. But with the right recipes, you can simply swap beef, pork or chicken with a veggie-based protein and enjoy a vegetarian meal without even missing the meat. So, why bother? Here’s why: even if you skip meat just once or twice a week,...

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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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April 8, 2010 - 12:05pm

There must be something in the air, because I’ve talked about one of my favorite comfort foods—meatloaf—three times this week. One morning my office-mate and I discussed our common meatloaf craving, then my sister called the next day and asked for my favorite meatloaf recipe, then my friend e-mailed me the day after that wondering if she could substitute something leaner for the ground pork in her favorite meatloaf recipe. (The answer: of course.)

I love making meatloaf, and enjoying the leftovers. Since it’s just my husband and me at home, we get at least two dinners out of one meatloaf, plus enough food for both of us to...

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April 7, 2010 - 12:02pm

What’s your escape from a bad day? A massage? A walk with the dog? Or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? At one time or another, most of us have turned to food to soothe a negative mood. I know I have. And even celebrities do it too. But where does one draw the line between eating occasional treats to cheer up—and the type of bingeing for which you should seek help? American Idol judge, songwriter and music producer Kara DioGuardi recently has been talking about her struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), which is characterized by eating large amounts of food—not out of hunger but for emotional reasons—and feeling out of control while doing it. Could you be struggling with...

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April 6, 2010 - 11:33am

We use a lot of oil in my house. That sounds gross, I know. Let me explain. It’s really just that one of our healthy-cooking rules is to not use much, if any, butter. So when we need a little grease—be it in a skillet or a muffin tin—we use oil.

Most of the time, it’s canola oil, which led us (and a lot of EatingWell readers) to wonder: is it really all that healthy to cook with? (Choose a cooking oil based on your needs and preferences with this Cooking Oil Guide.)

Here’s what I found:

• Canola oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, the kind that, when used to...

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