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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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August 6, 2010 - 11:56am

Bomb Pops were my favorite freezer pops as a kid. They are loaded with sugar and have red, white and blue stripes loosely representing the flavors cherry, lime and blue raspberry.

Related Link: Healthy Recipes to Satisfy Junk Food Cravings

Blue raspberry? Really? Raspberries aren’t blue. As a kid, I could have cared less. (Nor did I care that my mouth was stained an eerie shade of aquamarine for hours after my last lick either.) But today, I’m a little more conscious of what I put in my mouth.

Artificial flavors and colors like Red 40 and Blue 1 aren’t ingredients that whet my appetite. But I don’t want to deny myself freezer pops—one of the greatest joys of summer. I...

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August 4, 2010 - 11:31am

I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat a lot more healthfully in the summer. I just can’t resist all that fresh, flavorful produce to be had at a good price. All I have to do is catch a whiff of fragrant basil and it sets off a wave of cravings for more fresh foods: sweet corn and juicy tomatoes, crunchy zucchini, zingy garlic and tender greens…oh my!

Related Link: 30-Minute Summer Dinners Filled With Fresh Veggies

Frankly, I go a little too crazy at the grocery store and the farmers’ market buying up whatever vegetables and fruit look and smell the freshest. When they’re freshly picked and fully ripe they’re more than just delicious—they’re also the most nutritious, brimming...

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August 3, 2010 - 11:38am

In my house, I’m the lunch lady. One of the tasks that fall on my side of our family’s “chore chart” is to pack lunch for our son. This may not seems like a big deal, but I take my job very seriously.

While we’re apart for the day, I want him to have food that’s healthy, tasty and will feed his developing mind. But which foods will deliver the nutrients he needs for healthy cognitive function and memory?

Related link: How to Eat for A Sharper Mind at Any Age: 5 Brain-Boosting Foods

I asked my friend, Brierley Wright, M.S. R.D., EatingWell’s associate editor of nutrition, for advice about foods for fueling young brains. For optimal brain development she suggested...

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August 2, 2010 - 11:23am

I can pass up an entire tray of brownies, no problem. Cake? No thanks. Cookies? Blah. Not interested. But put a plate of French fries in front of me, and I become a ravenous fiend.

Related Link: 6 Reasons to Keep Carbs in Your Diet

I crave salty, fatty foods. And much like the folks on the sweet tooth side of the fence, my cravings can tax my diet, big time. So when I have a hankering for something salty, I have to strategize to avoid a major pitfall. Whatever I choose to eat has to satisfy my junk food cravings, but not derail my efforts to eat healthy.

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