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EatingWell Blogs (Page 252)

April 1, 2010 - 11:42am

I heart guacamole. I can eat it morning, noon and night (really). I like to have the ingredients on hand to make it for a pre dinner snack or for when guests stop by on a moment’s notice. The key to making awesome guacamole, like Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help-Yourself-Garnishes from Rick Bayless’s upcoming book, Fiesta at Rick’s, is to use the freshest ingredients. Here are some tips for buying the key produce items—garlic, avocados, cilantro and lime—to make the best guacamole.

Are you one of the people who would argue that making guacamole with anything more than avocados, salt and lime juice is a recipe for disaster? What do you put in...

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March 31, 2010 - 11:59am

Since it’s spring, I’m doing all the traditional spring things: I’ve packed up my winter sweaters and I’m digging into spring cleaning. But I haven’t put away my slow cooker. Since it’s still light when I get home from work, I want to take a walk with my son and husband or play with our dog in the yard, not spend a half hour or more making dinner. Slow cooker recipes that practically cook themselves are my answer to having it all.

So I’m still cranking away on my slow-cooker routine:

  • The night before, I pick a yummy slow-cooker recipe and prep all my ingredients.
  • Before I leave for work in the morning I put all the ingredients in the slow-...
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March 30, 2010 - 11:55am

Three hours after I posted EatingWell’s healthier pound cake recipe on our Facebook page for National Pound Cake Day (yes, there is such a day—it was March 4), Carrie O. from Idaho posed a challenge: “If only EatingWell could lighten up the Grilled Cheesecake. It uses pound cake so you're halfway there!” Grilled Cheesecake? Oh boy.

I took a look at the recipe Carrie posted, which is basically 2 slabs of pound cake with a slice of cheesecake in between, slathered with butter and grilled like a grilled cheese sandwich. Hey, I thought, this actually could be good—and fun too. Our Test...

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March 29, 2010 - 11:59am

Since I know we’re gearing up for dieting season, I think it’s a good time to confess I’ve never been a fan of fad diets. They make ridiculous promises. Sure, you may drop 10 pounds in a week eating cabbage soup, and little else, but it’s water weight, not fat. (What about fasting to jumpstart weight loss and other “too-good-to-be-true” diet claims?) Once you go back to eating like a normal person you’ll gain it right back. That’s the biggest problem with most fad diets: they generally don’t give you eating patterns that you can stick to long-term. Essentially, they set you up to fail. (...

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March 26, 2010 - 12:04pm

This week I noticed many news media outlets were reporting that high-fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain than sugar does. The study everyone is referring to is out of Princeton and reported that rats given access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those exposed to table sugar, even when they consumed the same number of calories overall. My first reaction was, “Oh no! Had we gotten it all wrong?” In May 2009, EatingWell did a comprehensive report on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), found in many processed foods, particularly in sweetened beverages. Then, after talking with top-notch nutrition researchers about everything from...

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