Are you a vegetable-phobe? Or maybe you have a kid who won’t eat anything but iceberg lettuce in a salad or your husband (like mine!) swears that parsnips are only good for the compost bin. Let me offer you a glimmer of hope: it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a person will learn to appreciate a new flavor, so don’t give up just yet. Use April Fools’ Day as an opportunity to add some vegetables to your picky eater’s diet. Here are a few ways to sneak some vegetables into meals so good they will ask for seconds (don’t miss our video that shows you how to make Baked Mac & Cheese healthy). And in case you were wondering, I’ve been stealthily adding parsnips to a blend of...read full post »
When I’m feeling a little under the weather, nothing makes me feel better than a cup of tea, lightened with milk and sweetened with honey. I’ve always assumed this “cure” works because of some sort of placebo effect: drinking tea when you’re sick is supposed to make you feel better.
But many people would argue that it’s the honey in my tea that’s helping to get me healthy. To believe the theories about honey’s healing powers, I needed to see bona fide science supporting them. And when I dug into the research on honey’s health boons, I was happy to discover that while some may be too-good-to-be-true, others are just plain true. Here’s what I found:
Can honey help you lose weight? In a 2008 study in the Journal of Food Science, scientists reported that...read full post »
I’m really into salads. I don’t mean I like to eat them a lot. I mean I’m totally salad-crazed to the point where it’s a little embarrassing. Most days I bring a salad for lunch. I toss it with dressing in a big bowl and then I try and put it on a plate. But inevitably my salad is so large that it’s hanging off the plate and I’m losing lettuce off the side as I go sit down to eat.
Around the EatingWell Test Kitchen, when we decide on serving sizes for our salad recipes, we often judge them on whether they’re a “Jessie-sized portion” (falling-off-the-plate) or a normal portion. We usually come up with a reasonable compromise that’s plenty generous and will fill you up. To me the fact that you can have a big delicious serving of salad without going overboard in terms...read full post »
When I was younger, I believed (or wanted to believe) that fad diets might actually work. I thought that if I could just stick to a strict regimen for two or three weeks, I'd drop the weight. Then, I could go back to eating whatever I wanted. Silly me. Luckily, with age comes wisdom and now I know that staying slim and healthy requires a long-term plan.
To keep lost pounds from creeping back, you need to sustain the same healthy habits that helped you to lose it in the first place. Follow these five steps and stay thin for life!
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I love spring, but there are some things about spring I don’t love so much. Being woken up in the middle of the night by the oh-so-loud chorus of peepers (aka cute little frogs), for instance. Or walking my dog through ankle-deep mud at the park so she doesn’t destroy our apartment due to lack of exercise. But things start to look up a bit on those walks when I see the first bright red buds on maple trees and smell that iconic “spring” smell in the air. Then I see them: my neighbor’s first stalks of asparagus poking through the ground. That’s my signal to get to the farmers’ market for the first local asparagus of the year.
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