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EatingWell Blogs (Page 240)

June 17, 2010 - 11:17am

I was in perhaps the best shape of my adult life when I met my husband seven summers ago. During those first few months our nightly ritual involved a bike ride, run or yoga class followed by a farm-fresh summer dinner and capped off with a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Not a bad way to start a relationship, huh?

Now ice cream isn’t all bad, since the dairy in it can be a good source of calcium—a bone-strengthening mineral that most of us don’t get enough of. (Find creamy, nutritious ice cream recipes that offer at least 15% of the recommended daily value for calcium here.) But even though we’re active, all the fat and calories consumed on those romantic ice cream dates added up fast. It...

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June 16, 2010 - 11:54am

I use my slow cooker (also commonly referred to as a crock pot) a lot during the colder months for hearty recipes such as rich braises and stews. But I think it’s an indispensable tool no matter what the season—even summer. Yup, that’s right, I said summer.

I use my slow cooker in the summer so I don’t have to turn on the stove or oven, which keeps my kitchen cool and comfortable. And there’s the added luxury of finding dinner ready when I walk through the door, so I have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Here are a few summer slow cooker recipes, which highlight ripe, seasonal produce and work well for picnics or cookouts:

One of my favorite slow cooker chicken recipes...

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June 15, 2010 - 11:50am

My friend Carl Safina was on The Colbert Report recently talking about the Gulf oil spill. One of the world’s foremost marine biologists, and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, Carl wrote an eye-opening article about the future of fish and 6 fish we should eat and 6 fish we should save in the April issue of EatingWell Magazine. I spoke with him about the spill and what it means for seafood.

EW: Do I need to be worried about eating oil-contaminated fish?

CS: No. The federal government has closed the Gulf Coast fisheries that are near the oil spill so you can’t even get seafood from there now and all seafood from the Gulf is being closely inspected.

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June 14, 2010 - 11:31am

When I was in high school and college, I got a summer job as a lifeguard. All those hours in the sun gave me what I thought then was a beautiful, bronzy tan.

Today I realize the sun exposure just accelerated my skin’s aging process. Truth be told, I did wear sunscreen, but not always as much as a dermatologist would recommend. (Find foods to keep your skin looking younger and lower your risk of skin cancer here.)

Turns out, the vast majority of UV light that I was soaking up was UVA. UVA is a major contributor to premature skin aging (think: fine lines and wrinkles) because it penetrates deeper than UVB light and damages skin cells before there’s any visible sunburn.

Even worse, collagen—the fibrous...

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June 14, 2010 - 10:34am

When I first saw Julie & Julia last year, the movie about how Julie Powell cooked and blogged her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I loved it. What I didn’t realize at the time was how many EatingWell “Julies” are out there, cooking their way through our magazine and books.

I came across Angela Buraglia of Cedar Park, Texas, on Twitter last spring when she was about to hit 50. Not age 50 (the makeup-artist-turned-software-developer is only 35), but about to make her 50th EatingWell recipe in 90 days, a challenge she set for herself and her fiancé. She started with the EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners cookbook. Each recipe got a Tweet and a...

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