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EatingWell Blogs (Page 246)

July 12, 2010 - 12:04pm

I’m not naming any names, but I have a family member who rarely eats carbs. The reasoning? In their words, not mine, “they make you fat.” (And chances are, thanks to the Atkins craze, you too know at least one of these no-carb eaters.)

It makes no difference to me that this person avoids carbs, but what does bother me is the misinformation “carbohydrates make you fat.” (Find 5 more nutrition myths busted here.) They don’t. Sure, if eaten in unnecessarily large quantities they could contribute to weight gain, but, then again, so could too much of any food. In fact, carbohydrates are a healthy addition to your diet. Here are 6 reasons to keep carbs in your diet.

1. Carbs can...

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July 9, 2010 - 12:17pm

Steak dinners are a special treat in my house. In fact, my husband and I don’t usually buy steak to make at home because it can be expensive. So I save my steak splurges for restaurant meals.

But last week I was craving steak and trying to justify the cost as I stood in front of the meat case at the supermarket when I realized how silly my thinking is. I could make 5 steak dinners at home for the price I would pay for one meal in a restaurant.

Related Link: 30-minute dinner recipes that serve 4 for $3 or less per serving.

These five steak recipes come in at less than $3 per serving—I can serve 4 people for less than $12. I’d definitely pay more than that if I were eating out—even at a...

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July 8, 2010 - 10:22am

Why is it that summer meals have the reputation of being so low-cal? Unless you’re eating salad for dinner every night, I think summer classics can be quite the opposite. There are calories lurking everywhere in your favorite summer recipes, people! Luckily, we’ve been hard at work in the EatingWell Test Kitchen figuring out healthier ways to enjoy summer’s most popular foods. Here are some of the most fattening recipes that we made healthier:

Creamy Soups
Take New England Clam Chowder, for example. It’s a pleasure to sip a bowlful beachside with a few oyster crackers on top. Seems innocent...

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July 7, 2010 - 10:42am

Zucchini. Say the word and you’re sure to elicit passionate opinions of this abundant summer vegetable. In my household zucchini is contentious. I‘m a lover: I’m half Lebanese and have fond memories of eating kusa as a kid—zucchini stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice baked in a savory spiced tomato sauce. Even now, whenever we go out to eat at my cousin’s Lebanese restaurant, we are sure to split an order of kusa if it’s available. (Get the recipe for kusa, plus zucchini casserole, oven-fried zucchini sticks and more.)

On the other hand, if you ask my husband to name his least favorite vegetables, zucchini is most often the first one out of his mouth. Until I made him...

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July 6, 2010 - 3:32pm

I recently blogged about fast-food breakfasts that sound healthy, but aren’t—ones that duped even me, a registered dietitian—and I received dozens of (passionate!) responses on EatingWell’s Facebook page. Some readers commented on how fast food can’t possibly be healthy.

I’m debunking that myth: sometimes fast food can be healthy. Here are 4 diet-busting fast-food lunches to skip—plus lighter options to order or make at home and bring along. Because sometimes we don’t want to—or don’t have time to—make three meals a day...

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