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July 30, 2010 (All day)

I’m obsessed with smoothies. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s all the fresh berries my husband, Colin, and I have been picking at the berry farm. We’ve been going crazy with our blender—a handful of berries, some yogurt and a little ice. Cover, blend, and presto! A tasty, satisfying breakfast (or snack) to grab and go.

Smoothies seem so inherently healthy—one refreshing drink can help you get a few servings of fruit, which boasts fiber and antioxidants, and some calcium from yogurt. But many fast-food versions are just vessels for delivering spoonfuls of sugar through a straw. So here are some things to keep in mind when you’re craving your next smoothie:

  • Studies show that beverages are less filling per calorie than solid foods...
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July 29, 2010 - 11:19am

There are about 97,634,347 things I’d rather do after work in the summer than make dinner. (Gardening, hiking, swimming, running, biking and porch-sitting-with-cocktail-in-hand, just to name a few.) I’m sure you can relate.

Even so, we still need to eat. And while it’s so easy to grab a burger on the way home, I’d rather make something that I know tastes great, is good for me and will help me save the money I would have spent on takeout. Armed with these recipes—ready in just 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes—the excuse that there’s not enough time to make dinner flies out the door. I even paired each recipe with a super-quick side dish.

Got 5 Minutes? Make Turkey Pastrami Sandwich—At our house, “dinner in 5 minutes” often translates to PB&J. But in the same...

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July 28, 2010 - 11:17am

Who isn’t looking for easy ways to get fit for a summer party or vacation? Anyone…? For me, the simpler, the better.

Related Link: 8 Secret-Weapon Foods for Weight Loss

So, with less than a month to go before my summer vacation, I’m trying these 6 nearly effortless, sneaky ways to burn more calories*. Workout clothes are not required!

Related Link: 28-Day Meal Plan for a Slimmer You

1. Do your own yard work.
Calories Burned: about 300 calories

Tell the teenage kid from down the...

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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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