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EatingWell Blogs (Page 252)

December 10, 2009 - 10:58am

I have a tight budget for Christmas this year, but my gift giving isn’t going to suffer. All it takes is little creativity to put together some holiday gifts from the kitchen. This way, I can get into the spirit of giving by delivering healthy homemade gifts that everyone appreciates without worrying too much about blowing my budget.

One of my favorite kitchen gifts to give is pasta sauce—every year I make a huge batch, divide it up into jars and give it to friends and family with storage instructions and a few ideas for how to use it. This year I’m going to make Salsa alla Capricciosa; for more ideas, check out these...

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December 9, 2009 - 12:01pm

Every year when I was a kid, my mom, my sisters and I baked dozens of rich, buttery cookies to fill our famous holiday gift tins. I still love giving homemade cookies as gifts to friends and family, but I don’t want to feel like I’m sabotaging someone’s diet with my present. So this year, I’m going to fill my cookie tins with healthier cookies, like these delicious Boot Tracks and 9 more irresistible cookie recipes for 100-calories or less.

To make the cookies in your holiday tin healthier (and still use your favorite recipes), try my ...

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December 8, 2009 - 11:52am

Even though I’m not Jewish, I have a soft spot for Jewish cuisine. I learned to love matzo ball soup and knish when I waited tables at a deli in college, but my real Jewish-food obsession is latkes.

I love fried foods and think it’s pretty neat that they’re served during Hanukkah to celebrate the miraculous way that one day’s worth of consecrated olive oil kept the Jerusalem temple lamp burning for eight days. But all that frying doesn’t exactly make latkes low-cal. Luckily for my waistline, the EatingWell Test Kitchen has come up with ways to make our favorite fried foods taste delicious without a lot of extra fat, including...

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December 7, 2009 - 11:24am

I have a not-so-forgiving little black dress to get into for New Year’s Eve. And in between now and then I have a cookie swap and a couple of holiday parties to attend. So, with that dress as my goal, these 10 tips should help me wear it happily.

1. Eat breakfast.
Breakfast gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. But perhaps more importantly (at least this time of year!), research shows that people who are most successful at losing weight eat breakfast every day. There are 3 things to include to make your breakfasts healthy: whole grains and lean protein to help you...

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December 4, 2009 - 12:58pm

I live by the “everything in moderation” mantra, but something about the holidays makes me want to throw that out the window. It’s all those cookies—they’re my downfall!

I love holiday cookies so much that a few years ago, I invited some girlfriends over for a holiday cookie exchange and asked everyone to bring a platter of cookies to share. Not to be outdone, each guest showed up with a stunning platter of prize-worthy holiday cookies.

The cookie swap was so successful that I decided to make it an annual event. Now I’m always on the lookout for an amazing...

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