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EatingWell Blogs (Page 242)

June 24, 2010 - 11:13am

I consider myself lucky to live in one of the most beautiful states in the U.S.—Vermont. One major benefit of living in the Green Mountain State is having an endless number of day hikes within an hour or so drive. My husband and I try to get out every weekend to tackle a different mountain. Inevitably, halfway down the trail we start talking about the juicy burgers and ice-cold beers we’re craving after our day out in the woods.

While it’s easy to stop by our favorite brew pub for both those things, I know I can make a healthier (and better-tasting) burger at home. Since burgers can be high in fat and calories, I start by making them with lean meat and I keep an eye on portion size. Then I turn to...

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June 23, 2010 - 12:17pm

We all know—and you’ve heard me give my registered dietitian spiel before—that to slim down you have to eat less than you burn or burn more than you eat. Same difference.

Depending on the type of person you are, this might sound more math-intensive than balancing a checkbook. And downright dreadful if you’re the type who never balances your checkbook…

The good news, says Nicci Micco, author of EatingWell’s 500-Calorie Dinners book, is that most of us will lose weight on a daily diet of 1,500 calories. (If you want to be even more precise about cutting calories, use this calculation to get a daily calorie goal that can help you lose a healthy 1 to 2 pounds per week....

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June 22, 2010 - 11:18am

I like food from all corners of the planet, but on Independence Day, I want All-American 4th of July recipes. I’m talking about foods that stick to your ribs, like juicy cheeseburgers, creamy pasta salads and sticky-sweet desserts—all washed down with a cold beer.

When I was a kid, I could really pack that kind of food away (minus the beer), but today I have to be a little more careful. A menu like that can have upwards of 1,150 calories—a number my summer wardrobe can’t afford. So to keep my tradition alive without going overboard, I make healthier versions of these All-American favorites that we developed in the EatingWell Test Kitchen.

Here’s a healthier All-American menu for your 4th of...

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June 21, 2010 - 12:05pm

I was happy that Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), openly recognized the severity of America’s obesity epidemic when she said, “Obesity is the single greatest threat to public health in this century,” as she released a new report by 13 of the country’s top scientists last week. Get EatingWell’s 4-week meal plan for a slimmer you here.

Every five years, HHS and the USDA publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which basically tell us what we should be eating. To advise them on what these nutrition “rules” should be, the Secretaries of these two agencies appoint a committee...

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June 18, 2010 - 11:50am

When we were kids, you were very grateful for the food on your plate—whatever it might be—and you finished every last morsel thank you very much. I’ve carried that mantra with me into adulthood, which does not bode well when I’m at some BBQ picnic having a standoff with the pound cake or craving an ice cream banana split sundae on a hot summer day. (Find 7 tricks to survive the temptations at summer BBQs here.)

But I’ve learned to be smarter than the sweets: If I’m invited to a summer potluck, I offer to bring a healthy dessert to share. For my after-dinner...

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