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EatingWell Blogs (Page 267)

December 21, 2009 - 11:09am

On Christmas Eve, one of my 5-year-old daughter Parker’s favorite things to do is put together a beautiful plate of cookies for Santa, complete with carrots for the reindeer and a glass of milk. A few days before Christmas, we spend an afternoon in the kitchen together baking delicious holiday cookies to give to friends, neighbors and the man in red. And even though my toddler son, Orson, is too young to really help out — unless he tastes what we’re making — he loves to be picked up so that he can see what’s cooking.

Here are the holiday cookie recipes we baked for...

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December 18, 2009 - 11:02am

At 19 months, my son Julian doesn’t know who Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob is, let alone request the yogurts adorned with their images—but I know that some of my friends who have older kids struggle with this very thing.

With them in mind, I was interested to read this week that officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control proposed restricting certain “unhealthy” foods for kids. It’s all part of a push to curb childhood obesity, a problem I care about both as a nutritionist and a mom. (Click here for tips on getting your kids to love healthy foods.)

The proposed guidelines focus on foods that exceed certain thresholds for saturated fat (1 gram),...

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December 17, 2009 - 10:44am

I’m genetically predisposed to be a procrastinator, which is pretty inconvenient this time of year when gifts need wrapping, cards need sending and the fabulous holiday feast I’m making needs to grace the table—all in a short period of time. This year, I’m fighting my tendency to put everything off until the last minute by preparing some of my Christmas recipes ahead of time. The holiday side dishes and desserts I’m making can all be started a day or more in advance. That way when I look at the calendar and realize that Christmas is practically on top of me, I can give myself the gift of knowing that at least some of the work...

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December 14, 2009 - 1:38pm

’Tis the season of eggnog, Christmas cookies and decadent holiday drinks from Starbucks—at least in my house. ’Tis also the season when Americans put on half of our annual weight gain—two pounds a year—so give or take a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (Find out my secrets to putting off the holiday pudge here.)

It’s no wonder our waistlines expand when you see just how calorie- and fat-laden some of our favorite holiday foods are (check them out below). And for those who refuse to give up those holiday favorites (for my husband, it’s eggnog and for me it’s holiday cookies!), try some of the healthier versions I suggest below.

1. Eggnog: One recipe...

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December 14, 2009 - 12:07pm

I come from a long line of holiday-cookie bakers. My great-grandma baked oodles of cookies each year for the grand cookie platter that served as the only dessert on Christmas Day. My mom started her own cookie-baking tradition when she got married 30-plus years ago. On Thanksgiving weekend we’d pick out all the holiday cookie recipes she was going to make and then for weeks she baked one kind of cookie a day. She hit her peak when my sister, Jennie, and I were kids, baking 1,000 cookies or more each holiday season, at least 100 of each variety. Crazy, huh?

While I’m not going to bake quite that many cookies this year, today marks the last 12 days before Christmas and I plan to bake one cookie recipe a day until the big day!...

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