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EatingWell Blogs (Page 246)

August 13, 2010 - 11:05am

I’m a snacker, especially at work. When my mind is working hard, my stomach inevitably starts grumbling. While snacking can help me get in all the nutrients I need and curb my hunger so that I don’t eat too much at the next meal, I’m careful not to engage in too much mindless munching so I don’t end up eating too many calories over the course of a day.

Related Link: 10 tricks to keep your calories in check at snack time

When I do need a snack, I want to make sure I have something healthy on hand so I don’t end up reaching for junk. The other EatingWell editors and I came up with the following list of healthy snacks you can keep in your desk.

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August 12, 2010 - 9:57am

I count myself lucky when it comes to lunch: I happen to work in a place where on most days all I have to do is wander down the hall to the EatingWell Test Kitchen around noon and fill my plate with all of the wonderful healthy food the lovely cooks put out on a daily basis. But most of us don’t have that luxury at work or at school and even I can’t always rely on it for a balanced meal.

Then there are those days when I feel so busy that even stepping away from my desk for a few minutes to grab a quick sandwich from the store will cause more anxiety than it’s worth. Sound familiar?

Related Link: 26 Quick Packable Low-Cal Lunches

The solution finally dawned on me: I’ve gotta have a back-up plan for those...

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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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