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February 2, 2010 - 11:02am

Unfortunately for my husband, I wasn’t born with a sweet tooth—I was born with what I like to call a salty-fatty tooth (mmm, chips...) But I do like to make him sweet treats every once in a while. We’re trying to save money this year, so I decided that in lieu of a gift for Valentine’s Day, I’d give him what he really wants.

And what my man really wants is really simple (whew). He wants chocolate. He’s not too picky about the kind of chocolate, though he prefers it dark, and he’ll eat it plain, with fruit or with nuts. So when he’s out skiing with his buddies the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I’m going to...

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February 1, 2010 - 11:46am

I’ve been cooking dinners from our new book EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners five nights a week for a few weeks now as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner challenge. I’ve also talked with people about the book a lot, and one of the questions that keeps coming up is about cost. People wonder (or perhaps assume) that if you’re going to cook these great dinners every night it’s going to cost a lot of money.

I’m not sure why people think it’s going to be expensive...because in fact many of the recipes in the book cost less than $3 a serving. Plus one of the keys to losing weight can also help...

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January 29, 2010 - 9:57am

Let’s face it: Americans eat too much sugar. Me included! When I think about it, I have a decent-sized list of foods that I deliberately add sugar to: my 2 cups of coffee, the maple syrup I add to my morning oatmeal, that piece of chocolate I nibbled on after lunch today and, oh yeah, the sugar-laden piece of cheesecake I had for dessert last night. Then there are the foods where I unconsciously consume sugar...

Needless to say, it’s no surprise that a recent study says that Americans consume 355 calories—or 22 teaspoons—of added sugars a day. (Added sugars are those added to food by consumers or manufacturers.) (Find 3 easy ways to break your sugar habit here.)

OK, so we eat a lot of sugar. What’s so...

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January 28, 2010 - 10:53am

My husband, Jon, can be awake for hours before he wants to eat breakfast. (Coffee—now that’s another story.) I, on the other hand, want food first thing in the morning—and so does our 1 1/2-year-old son, Julian, who literally wakes up saying, “Juice! ’Nana! [banana].” We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (click here for healthy breakfast ideas) and, as a nutritionist, I believe that’s true. You’ve heard about the studies that show that kids who eat breakfast are able to focus better in school, right? Well, here’s another exciting boon of breakfast: research that shows people who are most successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—tend to eat...

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January 27, 2010 - 10:54am

If you read my blogs regularly, you may remember that my husband has high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. (He was diagnosed when he was in his early twenties.)

But there are things we can—and should—do, even at a young age, to prevent heart disease later in life. For Dan and me it means doing our best to control his high blood pressure now, through what we eat, among other things, so it won’t lead to more serious heart problems down the road. (For more information on keeping your heart as healthy as it can be, including...

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