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EatingWell Blogs (Page 242)

August 11, 2010 - 11:44am

I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!

Since summer is in full swing and lots of us are hitting the road for vacation this month, you just might find yourself in the same boat. To help you make better choices when you do stop at a fast food restaurant, I’ve compiled a list of 4 popular fast food meals that are diet-busters and provided lighter options to order instead. I’ve also included recipes for healthier make-at-home versions so you can satisfy that fast food craving...

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August 10, 2010 - 4:42pm

It’s been a tough few months for McDonald’s Happy Meals.

In April, Santa Clara County in California banned toys in unhealthy restaurant meals, effective this month. Also in April, a Boston-based activist group, Corporate Accountability International, called on McDonald’s to retire Ronald McDonald from marketing unhealthy fast food to children.

Then in June, the advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, threatened to sue McDonald’s if it didn’t stop using toys to lure children into ordering Happy Meals. McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner responded...

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August 9, 2010 - 12:13pm

As a kid, I met the end of August with mixed emotions. I was bummed that summer vacation was ending. But I was psyched about my preseason gymnastics “clinics”—two weeks when I got to spend full days tumbling, mastering new tricks (and—ugh!—doing push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises included in our “conditioning” routine).

I still remember how much my teammates and I looked forward to our lunch breaks. (Try these healthy lunches for kids!) Having burned through our breakfasts, we were hungry. Now, as a nutritionist, I realize just how important it was that we refueled with nutritious foods that helped power us through our afternoon sessions.

At 2...

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August 6, 2010 - 11:56am

Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

Related Link: Healthy Recipes to Satisfy Junk Food Cravings

Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.

Artificial flavors and colors like Red 40 and Blue 1 aren’t ingredients that whet my appetite. But I don’t want to deny myself freezer pops—one of the greatest joys of summer. I...

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August 4, 2010 - 11:31am

I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat a lot more healthfully in the summer. I just can’t resist all that fresh, flavorful produce to be had at a good price. All I have to do is catch a whiff of fragrant basil and it sets off a wave of cravings for more fresh foods: sweet corn and juicy tomatoes, crunchy zucchini, zingy garlic and tender greens…oh my!

Related Link: 30-Minute Summer Dinners Filled With Fresh Veggies

Frankly, I go a little too crazy at the grocery store and the farmers’ market buying up whatever vegetables and fruit look and smell the freshest. When they’re freshly picked and fully ripe they’re more than just delicious—they’re also the most nutritious, brimming...

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