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EatingWell Blogs (Page 243)

September 15, 2010 - 11:34am

All apples are not created equal—at least when it comes to cooking vs. eating them fresh. But regardless of variety, they’re all good for you. A medium apple (3-inch diameter) contains 4 grams of fiber; a large apple (3 1/4-inch diameter) has 5 grams of fiber. Apples also offer a bit of vitamin C and potassium.

Related: 25 Delicious Fall Apple Recipes

So what apples are best for your lunchbox and what apples are best suited for your apple pie? Well, that depends.

Related: Find out how to choose the best apples for cooking and eating with our Apple Buyers Guide.

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September 14, 2010 - 11:09am

Not a single one of my jobs has been in a place where I can step outside midday and have my pick of lunch spots within walking distance. (Let me paint you a mental picture: the area surrounding my current office has been described as “rolling farmland.”)

Related Link: 4 diet-busting takeout lunches to skip (and what to order instead)

It’s kind of odd that each job panned out that way, but it works for me—I’ve always said that with a little planning, bringing my lunch to work is an easy way for me to eat healthy and keep my weight in check.

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September 13, 2010 - 11:31am

If you regularly read the EatingWell blogs, you may have gotten the impression that we all make complicated recipes every single night for dinner. That’s soooo not the case.

While I do love to experiment with easy main-dish recipes during the week, most of the time I keep my weeknight dinners simple. I’ll saute fish fillets, bake chicken breasts, grill steaks—i.e., prepare the main event without a recipe. On nights like those, I usually give the side dish a little more attention. But not much more. Basically, I keep a few vegetables on hand that I know I can easily jazz up with some fresh herbs, zingy spices or a simple sauce.

Here are 5 quick side dishes and fuss-free main dishes to serve them with. Bonus: These vegetable sides are chock-full of nutrients, like beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A—good for...

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September 10, 2010 - 11:30am

I’m not gonna lie to you—I have boxed mac & cheese at home. There are two boxes of shells and cheese sitting in my cupboard just pining to be my next dinner. But here’s the real truth: they’ve been sitting there for months gathering dust, and they will continue to do so. Do you want to know why? Nine times out of ten I just want the real deal. I want real extra-sharp Cheddar (just enough to make it taste great) and I want to be able to pronounce what goes onto my dinner plate. (Sodium Tripolyphosphate, anyone? Mmmmmm, yummy!)

Related: Baked Mac & Cheese and More Healthy Creamy Pasta Recipes

Not only is this ultra-creamy version of mac & cheese nearly as fast as...

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September 10, 2010 - 9:39am

At the end of a long day, after my kids are in bed, lunches are packed and the kitchen is as clean as it’s going to get, I like to eat ice cream. Often, this ritual happens at 10 p.m. You might be thinking: “What kind of nutrition expert promotes late-night emotional eating?” I say: one with expertise in weight management. Looking forward to my ice cream (measured into a half-cup container) keeps me from reaching for sweets earlier in the day. And the whole “eating after 6 p.m. makes you fat” thing just isn’t true. EatingWell Contributing Editor Joyce Hendley tackles this myth and others in a story in the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here are the...

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