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February 26, 2010 - 11:41am

We’re officially midwinter and I miss the produce bins at the grocery store during midsummer that overflow with fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness. Right now the produce section looks more like a compost pile than anything else. If I have to put one more anemic tomato in my grocery cart, I think I’ll scream.

I can’t just stop eating fruits and vegetables for the winter, so I’ve turned to frozen for the time being. But when it comes to fresh vs. frozen, are we giving up nutrition for convenience? As it turns out, maybe not (especially when it comes to “out of season” produce).

Frozen vegetables may be even more healthful than some of the fresh...

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February 25, 2010 - 11:26am

Last week I blogged about the one pot I couldn’t live without, my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. And that got me thinking about more kitchen tools that I hold near and dear to my heart—one in particular, my cast-iron skillet. Some of my all-time favorite recipes are made in a cast-iron skillet.

I love cooking in cast iron because it conducts heat beautifully and, if given a little TLC, the skillet will last a lifetime. Its straight high sides are the perfect vessel for a one-skillet meal, which is great for easy cleanup, and you can even use it to make dessert. A cast-iron skillet may not be fancy, but it...

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February 24, 2010 (All day)

When I watch Apolo Ohno skate I can’t help but hold my breath and sit on the edge of the couch—it’s so exciting! He nearly always seems to pull out ahead from the back of the pack to win.

So what fuels his incredible speed and skill? Lots of healthy foods. I got the chance to interview the speed skater and 7-time-and-counting Olympic medalist (who loves to cook, by the way) and ask him about what he eats to win for EatingWell.

(Want to know what Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter, a gold and silver medalist, eats to get big air? Find out here.)

Here’s what Apolo Ohno told us:

What do you eat for breakfast?
Ohno:...

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February 23, 2010 - 11:33am

I usually consider myself pretty rugged when it comes to the cold—but we could all use a little taste of sunshine in the dreary midwinter. So after a very Vermont winter wedding in January, my husband, Colin, and I decided to honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. It was a dream get-away, so much so that the minute we stepped off the plane back in Vermont and felt the frigid 10˚ air, we both looked at each other and thought, “I want my Hawaiian honeymoon back!”

With all the fresh fruit, veggies and seafood available, it was easy to eat healthfully—and deliciously—while we were there. Being a big “fruitie,” my favorite meal was the sweet island fruits like Hawaiian pineapple and papaya that I...

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February 22, 2010 - 11:25am

Recently, a friend who was eating with me appeared shocked as I spread full-fat natural peanut butter on my whole-wheat toast. Isn’t peanut butter super-fattening, she asked? It’s high in fat but that doesn’t mean it’s fattening, I told her, noting that gaining or losing weight, and body fat, basically comes down to balancing calories. Knowing my master’s work focused on weight loss, she took my word on this. (Find easy, quick and delicious 500-Calorie Dinners to help you lose.)

That said, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don’t want to go overboard. But you don’t need to eat tons of the stuff to feel satisfied: just...

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