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December 22, 2009 - 9:33am

I've made a New Year's resolution that I think I'm actually going to stick to this year—I'm going to eat healthier. I know that to make this work, I'll need to prepare meals that are packed with healthful ingredients that keep me satisfied—such as whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables—so that I'm not tempted to reach for junk food.

Since my track record with keeping resolutions isn't good, I'm heading off a stumble right out of the gate by planning a dinner menu chock-full of healthy recipes for the first week of January. Here are some of the healthy winter recipes I'm going to make to keep my resolution alive for more than a couple of days.

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December 21, 2009 - 11:09am

On Christmas Eve, one of my 5-year-old daughter Parker’s favorite things to do is put together a beautiful plate of cookies for Santa, complete with carrots for the reindeer and a glass of milk. A few days before Christmas, we spend an afternoon in the kitchen together baking delicious holiday cookies to give to friends, neighbors and the man in red. And even though my toddler son, Orson, is too young to really help out — unless he tastes what we’re making — he loves to be picked up so that he can see what’s cooking.

Here are the holiday cookie recipes we baked for...

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December 18, 2009 - 11:02am

At 19 months, my son Julian doesn’t know who Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob is, let alone request the yogurts adorned with their images—but I know that some of my friends who have older kids struggle with this very thing.

With them in mind, I was interested to read this week that officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control proposed restricting certain “unhealthy” foods for kids. It’s all part of a push to curb childhood obesity, a problem I care about both as a nutritionist and a mom. (Click here for tips on getting your kids to love healthy foods.)

The proposed guidelines focus on foods that exceed certain thresholds for saturated fat (1 gram),...

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December 17, 2009 - 10:44am

I’m genetically predisposed to be a procrastinator, which is pretty inconvenient this time of year when gifts need wrapping, cards need sending and the fabulous holiday feast I’m making needs to grace the table—all in a short period of time. This year, I’m fighting my tendency to put everything off until the last minute by preparing some of my Christmas recipes ahead of time. The holiday side dishes and desserts I’m making can all be started a day or more in advance. That way when I look at the calendar and realize that Christmas is practically on top of me, I can give myself the gift of knowing that at least some of the work...

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December 16, 2009 - 10:44am

I love going all out for the holidays, but what I don’t love is being stuck in the kitchen at my own party. I used to think I had to slave away like Martha to be the hostess with the mostest. But the truth is the best parties are the impromptu ones, when you can whip up a few finger foods, shake up some cocktails and mingle with your friends all night long. (Get 7 expert tips for easy holiday entertaining here.)

The 6 practically instant appetizers below and these 3 helpful tips are my secret weapons for the best party ever, without a lot of work:

Tip 1. Save money on booze. Most...

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