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EatingWell Blogs (Page 250)

July 26, 2010 - 11:43am

What can you do when your kid refuses to eat the very foods he needs most? As a nutrition expert, I know that the correct answer is to keep introducing them. As a mom, I know that technique alone doesn’t always work. Sometimes, when it doesn’t, the “spoonful of sugar” method—pairing the rejected food with something the kid likes—does.

Related Link: 5 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating

Last month, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee—a group of independent scientists that advises the government on what America’s eating goals should be—identified that both children and adults need to be getting more calcium, vitamin D, potassium...

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July 23, 2010 - 12:01pm

Blockbusters and air conditioning make going to the movie theater one of my favorite summer indulgences. But the treats at the concession stand can turn an afternoon of laughs into a calorie-and fat-laden horror show. For example, if you go wild and order the biggest popcorn, a large soda and then eat half your friends’ M&Ms, you could consume nearly 2,400 calories—that’s like eating nearly an entire large Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza by yourself. Considering that most people don’t need more than 2,000 calories a day, that’s going way overboard, especially when you consider the amount of saturated fat and sugars you’ve also consumed.

I won’t suggest that you don’t buy any snacks at the movie theater—that’s just not realistic and you wouldn’t listen anyway (I...

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July 22, 2010 - 10:41am

Are brown eggs really more nutritious than white? Since I work for EatingWell, I get my share of these questions from family and friends (right after they ask me for my favorite recipes!). When I tell them that they just bought into a common grocery shopping myth that may cost them more money, they can’t resist asking for more. So I’m happy to bust 5 of these common grocery shopping myths right here, to help you save money without sacrificing quality.

Food Myth #1: Eggs with brown shells are more nutritious than those with white shells.
The color of the eggshell does not affect nutrition, but indicates the color of the bird’s feathers and earlobes. White eggs come from white hens with white earlobes, brown eggs come from red hens with red earlobes. And since brown eggs often cost a bit more than white...

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July 21, 2010 - 10:56am

I’m always looking for ways (beyond crunches, aagh!) to keep my post-baby waistline trim. But I’ve learned about a cooking trick that goes beyond just eating low-cal to lose weight: there are actually two dinner ingredients that can help reduce abdominal fat.

Related Link: 7 foods that do the weight loss work for you.

Research suggests that eating more whole grains or including vinegar of any type in your diet may help reduce total body fat and abdominal fat, according to an article Ana Mantica wrote for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here’s a quick synopsis:...

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July 20, 2010 - 11:24am

What’s a girl to do with buckets of fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from her garden? Make fresh homemade salsa, of course!

Usually I’m the boss in the kitchen, but when it comes to salsa, my husband, Russ, is the man. His mother is from Mexico City, so he’s been eating salsa since birth. Good salsa, that she made by the gallon to feed her five kids for a little pre-dinner snack.

So I’ve learned the nuances of making amazing homemade salsa, like using the juiciest tomatoes possible and not overdoing it on the hot peppers. Speaking of which, here’s a tip when you’re prepping your peppers: the membranes that hold the seeds are the spiciest part of chile peppers (that...

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