To me, nothing says “it’s summer” like ice cream—sundaes, sandwiches, even frozen yogurt. I have fond memories of summer vacation at the beach and riding bikes with my cousins to the nearby ice cream shop in the evenings. Back then I always ordered ice cream in a cone.
Recently, I read that licking ice cream is more satisfying than eating with a spoon, so I’m going back to my childhood ways.
“Flavor in ice cream is released when the fat—which carries the flavor—is warmed to at least body temperature,” explains Kay McMath, a food technologist for New Zealand’s Massey University, in an article in the...read full post »
I was being interviewed for a radio show the other day and the host asked me about summer comfort foods—what to grill, what to bring to a party and of course, what’s for dessert. I immediately suggested one of my absolute top picks for summertime comfort food recipes: Beer-Barbecued Chicken. The EatingWell test kitchen developed this recipe as a healthier version of the famous beer can chicken. If you’re not familiar with that method, you basically stick a chicken on top of an open can of beer and stand the whole thing up on your grill over indirect heat to yield a moist flavorful chicken. Someone who called into the show said it’s also known as “beer-butt...read full post »
While working on five new freezer-pop recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I was greeted by, “Mom, Mom, did you bring me another popsicle?” when I got home at the end of every day. My son Sawyer was our official under-5 taste-tester and he took his job seriously. Although his hands-down favorite was the Vanilla-Orange Freezer Pop, he gave high marks to all, except the coffee-flavored confection. Just one taste of the chocolaty Mocha Ice Pop and he declared, “This one’s just for moms and dads.” What Sawyer didn’t know is that all the pops we developed are less than 90 calories each, so you can experience guilt-free pleasure when cooling off with one.
In addition to all...read full post »
In the spring I have no problems getting in shape. The days are longer and it’s warming up—both of which make it easier for me to ramp up my running routine outside. And those delicious spring veggies at the farmers’ market motivate me to trade a few of my favorite comfort foods for a heaping plate of garden-fresh salad. (Get inspired with these delicious salad recipes.)
But come summer I find it harder to motivate and stay in shape. The weather is hotter and more humid and so I’d rather skip my after-work exercise for a sunset sail on the lake or an easy potluck dinner and a few summery cocktails...read full post »
Drink water. Drink more water. Drink water before and after you exercise. Sure, I'd heard all of that advice a million times but somehow, when I did my first distance triathlon in the heat of the competition, I forgot all about what I’d read in EatingWell Magazine’s article “Eat to Win” about what to eat and drink while you exercise. I mean, it was sweltering out there. It was a dry hot day on a sunny course. I was doing better than I ever expected. Felt great, in fact. So why stop at the water stops? Why let someone pass me?
hen, as I started to get toward the end of the race, my body slowed down. My mind slowed down. I felt lethargic. I lost five places in the last mile. But after I crossed the finish line, the really...read full post »