EatingWell Blogs (Page 240)

April 26, 2010 - 12:02pm

Every year, I look forward to Cinco de Mayo. Of course I’m very happy for the Mexican Army’s successes over the French in 1863, but that’s not why I’m excited. Cinco De Mayo is the perfect excuse to finally crawl out of my winter cocoon and share some fresh, delicious Mexican recipes with my friends.

Most definitely on the menu? Some of my favorite healthier Mexican dips and chips. I love making dips for a party crowd because they’re easy and everyone is so happy to learn that they’re not eating fat-laden store-bought dips. Bean Dip and Chile con Queso (see the recipes below) are lightened up...

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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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April 22, 2010 - 12:57pm

One of the most fun interviews I’ve done this year has been with King Corn filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney. I talked with these hilarious friends for our new issue of EatingWell Magazine about their new Truck Farm project: part political statement, part urban agriculture experiment and all-around great fodder for their next film, Truck Farm. The guys planted arugula, lettuce, tomatoes, hot peppers and more in the bed of the gray 1986 Dodge Ram that Cheney’s granddad gave him, the pair’s only vehicle (and the same ride they drove cross-country for their award-winning documentary King Corn).

If you live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, you may have seen these guys cruising around town with their garden planted in the back of the pickup. (If you don’t live in Brooklyn,...

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April 21, 2010 - 12:59pm

I know it can be hard to limit your added sugars intake—just last week I tried to drink a cup of coffee without any sugar thinking I might not notice. I did! But a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which adds to evidence that eating too many added sugars may be taking a toll on our heart health, gives us another good reason to keep trying.

Added sugars are those added to food by consumers or during manufacturing by food producers and include sweeteners like honey, molasses and agave nectar as well as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. (Get a more complete list of added...

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April 20, 2010 - 12:39pm

Have you seen Food, Inc., the Oscar-nominated documentary exposing the inner workings of our industrialized food industry? As I recently re-watched the film’s interviews with experts like author Michael Pollan (find out the one food he won’t eat here) and took in the truths about how our food is grown, treated and processed, I was reminded of what a powerful influence this movie has been on how I, and probably many of you, make food choices and think about food.

So when I interviewed director Robert Kenner by phone last week, I was curious about how he’s changed his eating habits since he made Food, Inc.

“Now my diet is a political act, not a personal act,” he told me.

That’s a pretty...

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