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August 31, 2010 - 12:08pm

With a full-time job and two young boys (Julian, 2, and Kai, 4 months), I’ve basically abandoned nearly all domestic chores except one: preparing nutritious meals, especially our kids’ lunches. (I am a nutritionist, after all.)

Every night after Jules and Kai are finally in bed—around 8:30—my husband and I madly scramble to prepare lunches for the next day. We wash breast-pump parts, clean and refill bottles for Kai. For Julian’s lunch we peel and thinly slice carrots, halve grapes and stuff whole-wheat tortillas with low-fat cheese and chopped broccoli to make quesadillas. Find ideas for 20 more healthy kids’ lunches, including Pizza Roll-Up (pictured), here.

If this sounds like your night,...

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August 30, 2010 - 11:07am

I’m on a high from my summer vacation—and already not looking forward to it ending. No one wants to trade their carefree summer days spent outdoors for 8 hours of fluorescent lights, a desk and a computer. And even worse, the end of summer vacation also means summer is winding down. So if you’re like me and feeling a little bummed about returning to the office (or going back to school) and the upcoming season transition, I suggest you have these mood-boosting foods on hand.

Chocolate: I know, I know, this is not news to you. But what I like is that there’s some science behind the theory that chocolate makes us happy: eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed, a study done at the Nestlé...

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August 26, 2010 - 9:08am

I think my refrigerator is a wonderful thing. It keeps my milk cold, my vegetables crisp and my open condiments from growing moldy. But I think twice before I let the fresh heirloom tomatoes for my favorite tomato recipes anywhere near that magical kitchen appliance.

If you put a fully ripened tomato in the fridge, the produce patrol probably won’t flog you, but it’s best to keep tomatoes at room temperature on the counter, as nature intended.

The fridge can extend the life of many fruits and vegetables, but tomatoes are sensitive. They hate any temperature less than about 50 degrees. They’ll sustain what’s called a “chilling injury” that will turn that red orb of juicy sweetness to a mealy mess. A...

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August 25, 2010 - 12:05pm
By Carolyn Malcoun in EatingWell Blogs

It seems that most summer parties, at least the ones I’m invited to, are potlucks. And since Labor Day weekend is on the horizon, there’s at least one more summer potluck on my social calendar. I know some of you hate potlucks, perhaps for the very reason I love them—none of the food really goes together. I like that, though—one of the best potlucks I’ve been to featured handmade spring rolls, Indian-spiced carrot soup and tiny profiteroles filled with homemade ice cream, among other tasty treats. And this wasn’t a potluck of international foodies, just my friends who like to cook and eat.

I like to bring something a little out of the ordinary to a potluck. And if you’ve been to a few already this summer, perhaps you’re looking for something different to wow your fellow potluck-goers. Here are 5 of my...

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August 24, 2010 - 11:46am

What do you let your kids eat? I asked my fellow mom-editors at EatingWell this question yesterday because I’m struggling with what to let my child eat.

My son is just a year and a half old (so I’m still new to this mom thing). My husband and I have been pretty selective about what he eats—little added sugar and salt, few processed foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, beans and full-fat dairy—but at daycare they occasionally serve frozen popsicles (made with fruit juice followed closely by added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup).

Related Link: 9 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

I’ve said no to those treats, so the teachers offer him popsicles of just frozen apple juice. (So nice of...

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